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Call for applications


Global Surgery Research Support 2023/2024

Globally, over 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable and timely surgical care with the majority being in sub-Saharan Africa. Through the Collaboration Program (CP) the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI) and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), have continued to train surgeons in Membership, Fellowship and Sub-specialty Fellowship. This has contributed in the development of surgical workforce in the region. However, there is a paucity of global surgery research originating from the region, with most of research being from and done by colleagues from HICs.

In Collaboration with RCSI (CP), COSECSA aims to strengthen the research activities in the region. Therefore, we are inviting COSECSA trainees and fellows to send an expression of interest for this call.

The Fellows Global Surgery Research Support will provide a grant of up to $3,000 to implement their proposed research projects.

This Programme will prepare COSECSA fellows to be future global surgery researchers and surgeon scientists to contribute in scientific publications and participate in global surgery conferences for disseminating final results of their projects. It will also prepare them to undertake Post-fellowship Research training programs.

  1. A surgeon enrolled in COSECSA Fellowship/Membership Program
  2. For Fellows:
    • A junior fellow (Not more than 5 years after graduation from COSECSA training Program)
    • Have paid up their annual subscription when submitting the application
  3. Interested in global surgery research with focus in patient outcomes
  4. Willing to participate in a series of research and mentorship training and meetings
  5. Women young researchers are encouraged to apply

In order to apply, please do submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter – expressing your interest to participate into the program
  2. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV). If the research team is having more than one applicant, please include CVs of each member of the team
  3. A research concept note of your proposed topic and mentorship plan.
    • Topics related to patient outcomes will be prioritized
  4. A budget with justification
  5. Two (2) recommendation letters, one must be from the Program Director in your respective training institution
  6. Motivation letter: Explaining why you need this program and what impact are you foreseeing


Please send your application to RCSI/COSECSA Research and Patient Outcomes Coordinator at:

Deadline: 14th March 2023, late applications will not be considered.

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