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Application for Travel Grants


Travel Grants Application Process

International Travel Grants for Surgeons and Anesthetists

The International Society of Surgery Foundation ( offers a number of Travel Grants to young surgeons in general surgery, trauma surgery,  and digestive surgery as well as  anaesthetists/anesthesiologists (< 40 years old). These grant awards are focused on individuals from developing countries who have demonstrated interest in teaching and research. The award will permit the recipient access to the 2024 International Surgical Week (ISW 2024, the 50th Congress of the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which takes place from 25 to 29 August, 2024. The award is to be a substantial monetary contribution toward travel, hotel, and living expenses. The congress registration will be waived (i.e. free for awardees).

Applicants must be documented graduates of Schools of Medicine and must be younger than age 40 years at the time of application. Applicants whose careers are in the developing stage are deemed more suitable candidates than those in senior academic positions.

The date of birth must be included in the application as should a photograph, preferably a passport-sized photo. Applications will be accepted only when the applicant is in surgical or anaesthetic practice, teaching, or research in a field of or related to surgery/anaesthesia for a minimum of one year after completion of all formal training.

Individuals who are already economically funded by any third party or who have received a prior ISS Foundation travel award in the past may not apply for an ISS Foundation Travel Scholarship. If any support is obtained while the ISS Foundation application is in process or already awarded, the ISS Foundation office must be informed immediately.

Award sponsors: ISSF | IATSIC | ISDS | ASAP

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form (see above)

  • Applicants must have demonstrated some form of commitment to teaching and clinical or basic research by their country-of-origin standards.

  • Applicants should provide separate lists of all published scientific journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts (avoid articles in development or in press).

  • Applicants must provide a short statement of personal goals and career objectives in the discipline of surgery and/or anesthesia.

  • Applicants should have a working knowledge of English (proceedings of the ISS/SIC Congress are in English only).

  • Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from not more than three of their colleagues, one of whom must be the chairman of the department in which they hold their appointment or their senior surgeon in charge. This letter must include a specific statement detailing the nature and extent of the applicant's past interest in teaching and other academic involvement.

  • Also, each applicant must submit an abstract for potential presentation to the meeting and include this abstract with the application (submission at

  • Travel scholars will be required to submit a report of the experience provided through their scholarship to the ISS Foundation office at the meeting's completion.

Further information and travel award applications for the International Surgical Week (ISW) 2024 can be obtained from the ISS Foundation  website ( or form the ISS Office (

The application process is now open.

The deadline to apply is 24 February 2024 (extended). Successful applicants will be notified by 31 March 2024. The award must be used for the International Surgical Week ISW 2024.

Successful applicants are required to follow the Travel Scholar Program. This program will be published at a later stage.

applications are to be submitted by Email to


John Hunter, President, ISS Foundation
Michael G. Sarr, Secretary-Treasurer, ISS Foundation

DISCLOSURE: By applying for the ISS Foundation Travel Scholarship, the applicant declares that she/he is not in an economic position to self-support ISW 2024 attendance. Furthermore, no financial support from any third party is given at the date of application.

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