The Evarts A. Graham Memorial Traveling Fellowship was established in 1951 by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery for the purpose of supporting study within North America by promising young academic cardiothoracic surgeons from outside the region to broaden their overall training and increase international contacts. Since the inception of the Graham Fellowship, 60 individuals from 30 countries have completed the Fellowship.
The Fellowship is funded and administered through the AATS Graham Foundation, and provides a stipend of $75,000 US to support studies at a primary center of their choice as well as travel to secondary sites in North America. The Fellowship also provides round-trip coach air fares from the recipient's country to his/her primary center.
The dates of the beginning and ending of the Fellowship year should be scheduled to coincide with the Annual Meetings of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in May 14-18, 2016, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD and April 28 - May 3, 2017, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA. The Fellow will be introduced at the Graham Reception in Boston and will be expected to submit a report summarizing his/her year's experience prior to the May 2017 Annual Council Meeting.
Fellowship Application Guidelines
Awards are made to surgeons of unique promise who are regarded as having potential for international thoracic surgical leadership.
- A candidate should have completed his/her formal training in general surgery and in thoracic and/or cardiovascular surgery, but should yet not have reached a senior position.
- Candidates must be sufficiently proficient in English to realize the full benefits of the Fellowship.
- The Fellow must identify an individual at a primary center who will act as his/her sponsor and who will assist in planning the course of study at the host institution for a minimum of 6-9 months. A letter of support from that sponsor is required.
- In addition to their primary center, the Fellow is encouraged to select secondary centers in which complementary experience can be acquired, and at which the candidate will spend shorter periods of time. These centers should be selected with guidance from their primary host, and mentors at those locations similarly identified with letters of support submitted.
- The Fellow is expected to engage in observation, consultation, teaching and research during the twelve months. Patient contact will be determined by the sponsoring surgeon and will conform to the regulations and licensing requirements of the state, province, or country in which he/she is studying.
- Candidates must be non-North American residents without significant (> 6 months) prior training in North America prior to making application. While candidates with prior experience may apply, those with no prior experience will receive preference.
- The applicants proposed plan of study must clearly outline the educational insights and benefits that the fellowship will have on their professional career.
- Letters of support and biography submitted by the applicant must outline future ambitions leading towards a potential leadership role in cardiothoracic surgery
- The successful candidate should be planning to return to their native country following the completion of their fellowship.
Application process is currently closed.
Past Graham Fellows