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Joint Royal College of Surgeons of England and Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland Fellowship

Applications now closed for 2023.

The Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland (VSGBI) has a strong track record in supporting academic training and the delivery of high-quality research across the translational, applied clinical, quality improvement and educational spectrum. To provide specific support for trainees in vascular surgery to continue this work and form the pipeline of future clinical academic leaders, and in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS), up to two one-year fellowships are available jointly funded by RCS and VSGBI.
The research fellowship provides 12 months of funding and covers basic salary, on-costs and some running expenses.

Research project

It is expected that these posts will be aligned to VSGBI James Lind Alliance research priorities, or quality improvement work aligned to the work of the VSGBI Audit Committee. Candidates proposing work outside of these areas remain eligible and ultimately awards will be made based on the viability and competitiveness of the candidate and the project, the level of supervisory support demonstrated in the application, and the clear articulation of how a joint RCS/VSGBI fellowship will springboard the candidate towards future academic/clinical leadership in vascular surgery.


- Subscribing trainee members of the College in a training post, or trainees who have passed the MCQ papers and will sit the final MRCS examination at this College, are eligible to apply

- A member of the Vascular Society.

- In possession of a vascular surgical specialty training post (run-through or higher) and/or demonstrate a clear commitment to training in vascular surgery.

- The applicant should be employed by a UK University or NHS Trust, and the research must be undertaken in the UK.

- All candidates will be expected to work towards the completion of a higher degree (MD or PhD) at a UK Higher Education Institution as part of the fellowship. Candidates not already registered for a higher degree will need to provide details in their application of how they plan to obtain registration, including their plans for supervision.


Applications will consist of submissions from the applicant, present Head of Department and proposed Supervisor.

All parts must be completed and submitted by the deadline to be included in the process. All applications are rigorously assessed through a peer review process to ensure that the research, surgeon, supervisor and facilities are of a high standard, and that the proposed work will be valid, beneficial and original.

Peer review will take place between March and May and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend our Viva Day on Thursday 29 June at the College, where they will present to a panel of experts.

Fellowships will be awarded in July 2023 and should be started by 1 February 2024.

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