Application for Travel Grants


Travel Grants Application Process

The application process for Travel Grants for the 49th Congress of the International Society of Surgery, the International Surgical Week (ISW) 2021  in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is now open.


International Travel Grants for Surgeons and Anesthetists

The International Society of Surgery Foundation (ISS Foundation) offers a number of Travel Grants to young surgeons in general-, trauma- and digestive surgery and anesthetists (< 40 years old) from developing countries who have demonstrated interest in teaching and research. The award will permit the recipient access to the International Surgical Week (ISW) 2021, the 49th Congress of the International Society of Surgery (ISS/SIC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which takes place from August 29 to September 2, 2021. The award is to be a contribution towards travel, hotel and living expenses. The congress registration will be for free for awardees.

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

The date of birth has to be included in the application and a photograph, which should be a passport sized photo. Applications will be accepted only when the applicant is in surgical or anesthetic practice, teaching or research in a field of or related to surgery/anesthesia for a minimum of one year following 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 again 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 immediately informed.

Award sponsors: ISSF | IATSIC | ISDS | ASAP


  • Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and/or clinical or basic research in accordance with the standards of the applicant’s country of origin.

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

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

  • 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. The chairman’s letter must includea specific statement detailing the nature and extent of the teaching and other academic involvement of the applicant.

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

Further information and travel award applications for the International Surgical Week (ISW) 2021 can be obtained from the ISS Foundation Office.


The application process is now open.


Deadline for applications is January 24th, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified latest by March 31, 2021. The award must be used for the International Surgical Week (ISW) 2021. It cannot be postponed.


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

Submit to:
ISS Foundation, c/o ISS/SIC
Seefeldstrasse 88
8008 Zurich


Marco Patti, 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 2021 attendance. Furthermore, no economic support by any third party is given at the date of application.

Application Requirements



Form Here

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The ISSF is a 501(c) organization. All contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules and regulations

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