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2024 ACS-COSECSA Women Scholars Program – Scholarship for Examinations

The scholarship is made possible through generous donations from Pon Satitpunwaycha, MD, FACS, the American College of Surgeons Foundation, and the Hellman Grant through the Association of Women Surgeons Foundation.

This scholarship program seems like a crucial initiative to address the shortage of female surgeons in Sub-Saharan Africa. By providing financial support and encouragement, it aims to increase the representation of women in surgical specialties, ultimately improving access to surgical care in the region.
This initiative not only provides financial support but also serves as a catalyst for encouraging more women to pursue careers in surgery, thereby addressing the gender disparity in the surgical workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Here are the key details:

You may download a detailed document HERE

Who can apply?

  • Senior female surgical trainees preparing to take the fellowship level examination in 2024 are eligible to apply.

What does this scholarship cover?

  • The scholarship funds will cover fellowship examination expenses, including examination fees, travel, accommodation, graduation costs, gown hire, and four-year membership dues to COSECSA and ACS.

How to Apply

  • Applicants should include a 1-2 page personal statement indicating future goals, a current curriculum vitae, and a 1 page letter of support from their surgical training program director.  Preference will be given to applicants who indicate they are from surgical departments with <25% women surgeons and registrars.
  • Completed applications should be submitted through the COSECSA Scholarship Committee’s portal

The deadline for applications is March 3rd, 2024.


Scholarship details

Each scholarship is valued at $2500. The number of awards granted will depend on the quality of applications and available funds.
It’s worth noting that amounts already paid to COSECSA cannot be refunded.

All aspects of the scholarship will be administered by the COSECSA Secretariat.