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The prestigious Francis Fontan Fund for Education offers an exciting opportunity to advance your surgical education, foster your professional development and learn from the highest standards of cardiothoracic care at some of the most prestigious institutions around the world.

Become a Francis Fontan Fund Fellow and join the global cardiothoracic community. Learn new skills and techniques from experts in their field, share knowledge and expertise around the world and improve clinical outcomes and enhance patient care.

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The Francis Fontan Fellowship programme

The Fund is open to EACTS members from all countries and currently supports several different Fellowship schemes specialising in a breadth of cardiothoracic techniques.

The Fund offers three categories of Fellowship: Research, Leadership and Education.

Fellowship applications for the 2025 fellowships are as follows:

Fellowship categories: Research and Leadership
Applications are open from 1 March to 1 May 2024

Fellowship categories: Education
Applications are open from 1 July to 1 September 2024


Applications opening 1st March 2024

Research Fellowships offer experienced cardiothoracic surgeons a placement in cardiothoracic research.

Leadership Fellowships enable candidates to attend specialist courses and a placement in a clinic specialised in a specific area of cardiothoracic surgery.

For more information about the Fellowship programme please contact us at [email protected]

How to apply

Applications for the 2023-24 Fellowship Programme are open from 1 July 2023 – 1 September 2023. You must apply via the application form located on the specific Fellowship page.

Applications are subject to a rigorous peer review process, led by world leading EACTS surgeons and overseen by eminent members of the Francis Fontan Fund Committee.

Industry Support

The Fund is very grateful to industry sponsors that support the educational opportunities it offers. If your company is interested in the Fund’s donation process, please email [email protected]

Francis Fontan Fund for Education

Support Francis Fontan Fund fellowships

Your support will drive our Francis Fontan Fund fellowship scheme by providing career changing opportunities for young surgeons and health professionals, many from deprived or lower income regions, to advance their education, foster their professional development and learn from the highest standards of cardiothoracic care at some of the most prestigious institutions around the world.

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Celebrating Francis Fontan

Francis Fontan was a pioneering cardiac surgeon, best known for creating the revolutionary Fontan procedure. Passionate about lifelong learning, Fontan founded the European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery to advance education in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular interventions.

The Francis Fontan Fund was created in his honour, with the intention of celebrating his dedication to lifelong learning.

Francis Fontan