International Scholars Program

The International Scholars Program provides scholarships up to four qualified young vascular surgeons from countries outside North America. The application process for the 2017 program is now closed.


Scholar recipients are expected to spend approximately two weeks in the U.S. to visit various universities and clinics, and attend the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting, to be held May 31 - June 3, 2017 in San Diego, CA.

Working with a mentor, the scholar will visit clinical, teaching and research programs. Visits may be scheduled prior to the Vascular Annual Meeting, post meeting, or a combination of both. Scholars will work with mentors to schedule activities. ​

A letter is required from each scholar’s supervisor, indicating that dates of travel have been approved.​ 

Scholars are expected to submit a full written report of the experiences provided through the scholarships upon completion of their tours and attend the International Forum during the Vascular Annual Meeting to receive their award.

“Through this trip, I have made some excellent friends. I learned a lot from their knowledge, experience and attitude to work and life. I have gained insight into the treatment for various vascular diseases and the way clinical services are organized.”- Dr. Jackie Pei Ho, National University Hospital, Singapore, 2010 International Scholar









Scholar recipients receive a $5,000 stipend, which is presented during the International Reception on May 31, 2017, to defray travel costs and living expenses associated with the trip.

Scholars also receive complimentary registration to the 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting, which includes all lectures, demonstrations, exhibits and postgraduate courses. 

How to Apply

List of Required Application Materials
(Application and accompanying materials must be in English) ​

  • Complete Application

  • Personal statement (300 word limit)
    • Personal statement should describe your interest and accomplishments in vascular surgery and how the fellowship will help you in care of your vascular patients.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Letters must be submitted on sponsor's official company letterhead
    • One letter of recommendation must be from the chair of the department in which they hold an academic appointment or a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery who resides in the applicant’s country
    • The letter from the chair or SVS member must include a specific statement detailing the nature and extent of the teaching and other academic involvement of the applicant
  • List of publications
  • Three completed publication reprints of your choice 
    • Abstracts are acceptable, but full manuscripts preferred
  • Curriculum Vitae of no more than 10 pages
  • Headshot/photograph​


“The SVS International Scholars Program offers an excellent opportunity for young doctors to learn professional expertise, communicate with American colleagues, and experience different cultures, from which he/she will benefit a lot for his/her future career.”- -Dr. Zhihui Dong, Zhongshan Hospital Fudan University, China, 2011 International Scholar








Selection Criteria

To qualify for consideration by the selection committee, all of the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • Applicant must be a graduate of a school of medicine.
  • Applicants must be no older than 40 in the year they submit their application​.
  • Applicants must submit their applications from their intended permanent location. Applications will be accepted for processing only when the applicants have been in surgical practice, teaching, or research for a minimum of one year at the intended permanent location, following completion of all formal training (including fellowships and scholarships).
  • Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and/or research in accordance with the standards of the applicant’s country.
  • Applicants must have at least one year and a maximum of 5 years teaching experience. Applicants whose careers are in the developing stage are deemed more suitable. Those applicants who are serving in senior academic appointments will be excluded. 
  • The International Scholars Award must be used in the year for which it is designated. It may not be postponed.
  • Must have strong proficiency in English to benefit fully.
  • Scholars must be present at the Vascular Annual Meeting in order to ​receive their award (including the International Forum, International Fast-Talk, and International Reception).
  • An unsuccessful applicant may reapply only twice and only by completing and submitting a new application form, along with updated supporting documentation.

Selection and Notification

Applications are reviewed by the International Relations Committee.


  • Programs Interested in Hosting International Scholars
  • SVS International Scholars


Please contact education staff at or 312-334-2323.​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​