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Training Fellowships

The ESSO Education Committee offers trainees in Surgical Oncology the possibility to visit a specialist centre outside of their own country, helping them to expand their experience and learn new techniques.

The aim is to:

  • Allow young surgeons to visit a specialist centre outside of their own country,
  • Help them expand their experience and learn new techniques.

The Education and Training Committee grants two types of fellowships each year:

  • 8 Standard training fellowships (value 2.000 EUR): from 1 to 3 months
  • 1 Major training fellowship (value 10.000 EUR): from 4 to 12 months

The ETC Fellowship reserves the right to split the major fellowship if 2 candidates are judged to be of equal merit.

The following apply to both types of fellowships:  

•    The traineeship period should occur within one year following the deadline for application.
•    The fellowship position must NOT be salaried.
•    The fellowship must take place in a country other than the applicant’s current place of training.

All successful fellows will be expected to write a report about their experience and provide a testimonial and pictures for publication on the ESSO website within 3 months of return from the fellowship.

Who can apply?

•    Applicants must be a specialist, trainee or junior doctor with a declared intention of specialising in a sub-specialty of surgical oncology (breast, upper GI,  hepatobiliary and pancreatic, colorectal, endocrine, head and neck, thoracic, skin cancer and melanoma, gynaecology, urology, sarcoma)
•    Applicants must be ESSO members
•    Applicants must be younger than 40 years of age or be in a training grade
•    Both European and non-European citizens can apply. European applicants may choose to visit European or non-European units, while non-European applicants must choose to visit a European centre
•    Previous Fellowship recipients will be ineligible to apply for a second award

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted online (in English only) and include the following information:
•    A motivation letter describing the applicant’s area of interest, research plan and reasons behind the visit
•    A letter of support from their Head of Department
•    A letter of invitation from the Head of the Department they wish to visit
•    A proposal budget sheet estimating how the funds will be spent

Please note you will need to download all documents in a single PDF document.

When to apply?

Next call for applications will be launched in February 2018.

Please click here to access the host hospital/institutions/cancer centres registry. Please note this is not an exhaustive list. You can also select any other institution of your choice.

In 2016, the major fellowship (10.000 EUR) was granted to:

Dr. Aurélien Dupré, from Léon Bérard Centre in Lyon (FR), to visit Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool, UK.

The 8 standard fellowships (2.000 EUR each) were granted to:

  • Andreas Brandl, from Charité Berlin (DE), to visit Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke, UK
  • Edgar Furnée, from Diakonessen Hospital in Utrecht (NL) to visit Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital in Australia
  • Alexandros Giakoustidis, from Royal London Hospital (UK), to visit Henri Mondor Hospital in France
  • Helen Mohan, from St. Vincent's University in Dublin, (IR), to visit Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (SE)
  • Mihai-Stefan Muresan from Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuta Oncology Institute in Cluj-Napoca (RO), to visit Guy's Hospital in London (UK)   
  • Roberto Rodríguez Revuelto from Hospital Vall d'Hebrón in Barcelona (SP), to visit Guy's Hospital in London (UK)   
  • Pai Vishwas from Kerudi Cancer Center in Bagalkot, India, to visit Leicester General Hospital in UK  
  • Massimiliano Zuccaro from ULSS15 Ospedale di Cittadela in Padova (IT), to visit Institut Bergonié in Bordeaux (FR)


Read here about the experience of previous fellows