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International Travel Scholarships

The ASCRS International Committee offers several International Travel Scholarships to attend the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting. These scholarships are awarded primarily to underserved regions of the world, yet the Committee is open to considering applications from young surgeons participating in the development of colorectal training or treatment programs in their country.

See what previous awardees had to say about their experience.

The application deadline to attend ASCRS 2020 has passed. 

ASCRS International Travel Scholarship Criteria


To provide funding for young colorectal surgeons residing outside the United States and Canada, to assist with travel to the U.S. for the educational experience of attending the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS). The major selection criteria are both need and potential benefit to the candidate and his/her community.

Please note: This award is not intended for senior and/or well-established colorectal surgeons. The scholarships 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.


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 scholarships will be on colorectal surgeons practicing in parts of the world where the specialty of colorectal surgery is not well established and in areas of great need. Up to four scholarships are offered annually.  These scholarships are designed to identify young surgeons with a high potential to advance the specialty within their community. The ideal candidate should be active in research and/or teaching, have been published, or wish to pursue an academic career.  Selection of the scholarship recipients will be based on the applicant’s experience and potential to impact the specialty and their community. 


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.

Selection Process

The candidate should submit the following to

Please note: All documents must be 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.


  • International Travel Scholarships fund travel and registration fees to attend the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting and in some instances recipients may be awarded additional funds to visit up to two U.S. colorectal training programs.
  • A one-year online journal subscription to Diseases of the Colon and Rectum.

Recipient Responsibilities

  • Attend the next ASCRS Annual Meeting (Click here for U.S. Visa Info)
  • Attend the International Committee meeting held at the 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.
  • Submit a final report to the International Committee outlining the recipient’s experiences within 90 days of the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Submit documentation for all expenses within 60 days of attending the Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • 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.
  • Reports provided by the recipients may be published in the ASCRS Newsletter and on the ASCRS website.
  • The scholarships are non-transferable.