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International Scholars

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation's (The PSF) International Scholar Program enables plastic surgeons from abroad to study at host plastic surgery institutions in the United States for three months.

The plastic surgeon must be in the developmental stage of their studies, have completed their plastic surgery training and have flexibility to travel and study at more than one institution. The focus of this study may be clinical, research, or a combination of the two.

Please note that past International Scholar award recipients are ineligible for repeat scholarships due to the great need to train doctors internationally and limited resources.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the International Scholar Program. Unfortunately, the program is closed until further notice. ASPS will send a communication to all members as soon as the program reopens. Please contact Romina Valadez at rvaladez@plasticsurgery.org with any questions or for further information.

Please note that past International Scholar award recipients are ineligible for repeat scholarships due to the great need to train doctors internationally and limited resources.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Submit a one-page written essay to accompany the application describing the reasons for wishing to become an international scholar and how the experience will help the citizens of their native country
  • Provide two letters of sponsorship by their local or regional plastic surgery society and/or by their department chairman
  • Submit CV (Resume) and headshot
  • Be an active ASPS member
  • Provide documentation confirming completion of an approved training program in plastic surgery outside North America
  • Be less than 10 years out of training
  • Actively practice plastic surgery in their native country
  • Have demonstrated the potential for academic and clinical excellence
  • Be in good health
  • Live outside North America
  • Be able to communicate verbally in English

Eligibility Notes

  • Residents will not be considered for scholarships
  • Applicants may re-apply for the program a maximum of 3 years

Assessment

After returning home, scholars will be asked to submit an essay describing their experiences in the United States, what objectives were accomplished during their fellowship and how the scholarship has affected their career goals. The scholars will be asked to evaluate the program and to offer suggestions for modification and improvement.

Important Note: If an individual is selected as an International Scholar and unable to obtain a visa, The PSF is not responsible for the continuation of the offer beyond a reasonable date.