International Educational Awards

The ASCRS International Committee offers up to 20 Educational Awards to attend the 2022 Virtual ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting and further advance the education of early-career general or colorectal surgeons. These awards are awarded primarily to underserved regions of the world, yet the Committee is open to considering applications from any young surgeons participating in the development of colorectal training or treatment programs in their country.
See what previous awarders had to say about their experience.

ASCRS International Educational Awards Criteria

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ASCRS remains committed to supporting education, research and expansion of the specialty of colorectal surgery, particularly in the underserved regions of the world. The focus of these awards will be on colorectal surgeons practicing outside of the United States and Canada, in parts of the world where the specialty of colorectal surgery is not well established and in areas of great need. The award provides funding for online access to the 2022 ASCRS Virtual Meeting and is meant to assist with participation in and virtual access to educational opportunities. These awards are designed to identify young surgeons with a high potential to advance the specialty within their community. Up to seven awards are granted annually. Ideal candidates should be active in research and/or teaching, have been published, or wish to pursue an academic career. They should also show a high potential to advance the specialty of colorectal surgery within their communities. Selection of the awarded recipients will be based on the applicant’s experience, dedication and potential to impact the specialty and his or her community. 

Please note: These awards are not intended for senior and/or well-established colorectal surgeons. The awards are intended for general or colorectal surgeons who have completed residency and are in their first three years of practice in colorectal surgery or a similar GI practice in areas where the specialty of colorectal surgery does not exist.

The candidate should:
  • Be a colorectal surgeon (or similar GI practice if colorectal surgery does not exist).
    • Must be a currently practicing surgeon, but
    • Must not have been in practice more than 3 years;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to practice in the subspecialty of colorectal surgery;
  • Be available to attend the next ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting;
  • Demonstrate interest in and opportunity to expand the field of colorectal surgery in their community.
In light if the ongoing Sars Cov 2 pandemic our “traditional” awards, the International Travel and Career Development Awards are temporarily suspended. Instead the 2022 ASCRS International Committee Award will fund registration and online access to the Virtual ASCRS meeting. This includes live and recorded material but excludes workshops, content that requires additional registration fees. Both awards include a one-year online journal subscription to Diseases of the Colon and Rectum.

Selection Process

The candidate should submit the following to [email protected]:
Please note: All documents must be typed and submitted in English.
  • Completed application form
  • Provide two letters of reference with one of the references from the applicant’s department chair or program director;
  • Provide a current and complete curriculum vitae;
  • Write a letter stating:
    • Background and ambitions within colorectal surgery
    • Perceived personal and community needs
    • Potential to expand colorectal surgical services in the country of origin
    • Future career plans.
All applications will be reviewed by the ASCRS International Committee. Applicants will receive notification of final decisions from the International Committee by email.

Recipient Responsibilities

  • Attend the next Virtual ASCRS Annual Meeting
  • Attend the International Committee meeting held during the Virtual ASCRS Annual Meeting.
  • Give a 3- to 5-minute presentation to the ASCRS International Committee regarding the colorectal specialty in the recipient’s home country.
  • Consider submitting an abstract for the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting.


  • The International Committee is the determining authority. In any year, the committee may recommend awarding a lesser number of or no scholarships and may elect to modify the funding offered.
  • The awards are non-transferable.    

Additional Resources

European Society of Coloproctology 

American College of Surgeons International

Deadline for submission is February 1, 2022