The American Association of Plastic Surgeons Academic Scholar Program is offering two-year faculty research scholarships to surgeons entering academic careers in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The scholarship is to assist a surgeon in the establishment of a new and independent research program. Applicants should have demonstrated their potential to work as independent investigators. The fellowship award is $30,000 per year to provide salary and/or direct costs of the research. Funding of the award will begin July 1, 2015. The award may be renewed once.
General policies covering the granting of the Academic Scholarship are:
- The scholarship is open to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons who have: (1) completed the chief residency year or post-residency fellowship within the preceding five years; and (2) received a full-time faculty appointment in a department of surgery/plastic surgery at a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Graduate Medical Education in the United States or by the Committee for Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools in Canada.
- This award is to be used by the recipient for salary support and/or direct costs of his/her research. The scholarship grant should not diminish or replace the usual, expected compensation or benefits. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or to the recipient's institution. No overhead is to be taken by the institution.
- Preference will be given to applicants who are not current recipients of major research grants. Application for this scholarship may be submitted even if comparable application to other organizations has been made.
- Supporting letters from
- the Chair of the Department/Division of Plastic Surgery,
- the Chair of the Department of Surgery, if Plastic Surgery is a Division; and
- the Mentor of the project. This approval would involve a commitment to continuation of the academic position and of facilities for research.
- The applicant must submit a research plan and budget for the two-year period of fellowship, even though Association approval is required for the second year.
- A significant portion of the fellow's time will be spent in the research proposed in the application. Institutional support for this level of commitment must be evident in the supporting letters.
- The academic scholar is expected to attend the next two Annual Meetings of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons to present a report to the Board after the first year and a presentation at the scientific session of the Annual Meeting after the second year.