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Scholarship Reference Number: COSECSA/OPERATION SMILE/2021/1

Operation Smile and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) are collaborating to provide a 5-year scholarship programme to 15 trainees wishing to study Plastic Surgery within the COSECSA training programme.


  • To increase Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Density in Sub-Saharan Africa by:
    • Supporting Plastic Surgery Training
    • Providing Cleft Surgery training and education to improve access to cleft care

Application Deadline: 31st October 2021

About This Scholarship

  • Programme starts January 2022.
  • The five-year training covers two years of COSECSA MCS programme and three years of COSECSA FCS Plastic Surgery programme.
  • Applicants will also have unique opportunities to engage with Operation Smile.
  • The applicants must pursue COSECSA FCS plastic surgery programme once they complete the MCS programme 
  • The applicant must have applied for the COSECSA MCS programme and has been accepted in a COSECSA Accredited training facility. It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure a training post, and if required a work permit if training away from their home country.
  • Trainee could  do the MCS programme locally and shifts to the COSECSA Accredited Plastic Surgery Hospital after passing the MCS programme.
  • The scholarship covers all COSECSA fees including Programme Entry, Examination, Graduation fees and 4 years annual subscription fee upon completing the FCS programme. In addition, the trainee will be facilitated to attend both MCS and FCS examinations and will be provided with a monthly stipend.

Application Process

  • Applicants should include a personal statement indicating future goals, a current curriculum vitae, and a letter of support from their surgical training Program Director.
  • Completed applications should be sent to the COSECSA Scholarship Committee at Scholarship Application Portal by October 31, 2021

NB: The Scholarship Reference Number is “COSECSA/OPERATION SMILE/2021/1”

The scholarship will be administered by the COSECSA Secretariat

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