Thoracic Surgery Foundation / Francis Fontan Fund International Traveling Fellowship

Thoracic Surgery Foundation / Francis Fontan Fund International Traveling Fellowship


  • Application deadline – 1 September 2022
  • Bursary: up to €16,500 ($20,000)
  • Location: TBC
  • Duration: 4-16 weeks learning a novel technique, adapting innovative technology and/or fostering collaboration between surgical investigators in another institution. Please be available to carry out training in 2023



This unique and prestigious Fellowship supports the advancement of cardiothoracic surgical care through the sharing of clinical experiences across the global cardiothoracic community.

The International Traveling Fellowship – a collaboration between EACTS and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons – fosters the continued growth and development of cardiothoracic surgeons by providing opportunities to learn from the highest standards of cardiothoracic care and gain knowledge of novel techniques and innovative technologies used by other institutes around the world.

Fellows will use the valuable learnings and collaborative relationships developed throughout the Fellowship to further the progress of cardiothoracic surgery at their home institution and support the delivery of the highest quality patient care.

Fellowship overview

The purpose of this Fellowship is to facilitate the continuing education of a deserving young faculty surgeon. The award is to be used for international travel to another institution for 4-16 weeks for the purpose of learning a novel technique, adapting innovative technology and/or fostering collaboration between surgical investigators in order to further the progress of cardiothoracic surgery at the recipient’s home institution.

The successful applicant will have a record of excellence in training and academic achievement. He/she will have secured a position at a host institution, and a mentor capable of providing continued growth and development in the realm of cardiothoracic surgery.


Awards of up to €16,500 ($20,000) for 4-16 weeks will be granted to cover the travel and living expenses for the fellowship period.

Amy G. Fiedler, MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

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Application and selection criteri

 The TSF/FFF grant applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the TSF/FFF Awards Committee.


In order to apply, you must:

  • Be a cardiothoracic surgeon who has completed a program leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery or its equivalent in a country outside of the United States, or who will be certified (or eligible for certification) by the grant start date (1 July 2021), and who is within seven years of their first faculty appointment.
  • Be a surgeon who has achieved appropriate certification or recognition of their achievements in cardiothoracic surgery, and who devotes their professional efforts to the interests of the specialty.
  • In possession of a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in his or her respective geographic area and have no action pending which could adversely affect the applicant’s qualification for staff privileges at any hospital.
  • Be a member of EACTS (if applying from outside the USA).



Applicants from outside North America (USA & Canada) will be expected to identify a host/mentor surgeon in North America, willing and able to host the applicant for a suitable period of time in order to undertake the Fellowship. The educational and training content and length of the Fellowship is to be determined by the applicant in consultation with the hosting surgeon, provided the Fellowship’s objectives (listed above) have been achieved. The applicant will also be invited to submit a budget, up to the maximum available, justifying the living and learning costs associated with the Fellowship.

In summary;

  • Applicant is responsible for the selection of his/her mentor.
  • Applicant is responsible for securing a position with the mentor at the host institution.
  • Mentor must be an STS or EACTS member.


TSF/FFF Awards Selection Committee:

  • TSF President
  • FFF Chairman
  • Two (2) STS Representatives
  • Two (2) EACTS Representatives 


The following documents must be provided as part of your application:


  • Biographical Information
  • Personal Goal
  • Career Goal
  • Education Environment at Host Institution
  • Mentor/Convenor Information


Required Application Materials: 

  • Submit the online application
  • Applicant CV
  • Mentor CV: Restricted to one page CV / biography / NIH Biosketch / or equivalent
  • One (1) Letter of Support from Mentor: The letter should confirm: (a) the availability of adequate training environment/educational experience that will provide the proposed training, and (b) his or her agreement to serve as mentor.
  • Budget (approximate breakdown of funding costs)
  • Visa and appropriate international travel materials

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Aortic TEVAR Fellowship

Aortic TEVAR Fellowship


  • Grant: €9,000
  • Location: TBC
  • Duration: In-hospital training over a four-six week period and attendance at four highly specialised courses.


The TEVAR Fellowship is sponsored by Terumo Aortic, a global medical device company dedicated to developing solutions for aortic and peripheral vascular disease.



The Aortic TEVAR Fellowship – in partnership with Terumo Aortic – offers the unique opportunity to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge on endovascular aortic treatment.

The knowledge and experience gained from this Fellowship will help you establish or support endovascular aortic treatment programmes at your home centre.

Fellowship overview

The Aortic TEVAR Fellowship includes a comprehensive education and training programme of five modules – four highly specialised courses that take place in London and Geneva alongside in-hospital training in one of several international, high volume aortic centres.

The specialised courses include lectures on aortic pathologies eligible for endovascular treatment, basic knowledge on catheter techniques, all steps of endovascular aortic treatment, potential complications and the results of endovascular treatment according to the current literature.

Fellows will meet and work with experienced cardiothoracic surgeons and participate in the daily routine of the aortic team as part of the in-house training; giving you the opportunity to practice the knowledge acquired during the theoretical courses.

The five modules are:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Aortic Surgery
  • Module 2: Fundamentals Endovascular Skills Course I
  • Module 3. Fundamentals Endovascular Skills Course II
  • Module 4: Skills Course
  • Module 5: In-hospital training in a high-volume aortic centre (four-week stay)

Throughout your Fellowship, you will also receive one-to-one support from the EACTS Fellowship Advisor to ensure you get the most out of this opportunity.

How the Aortic TEVAR Fellowship will advance your surgical education

Following completion of the Fellowship, you will be able to:

  • List aortic pathologies eligible for endovascular treatment
  • Plan an endovascular treatment according to computed tomography imaging
  • Perform fundamental endovascular procedures such as implantation of stent-graft in aortic aneurysm
  • Avoid the most common complications related to endovascular aortic treatment
  • List the indications for endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysm, acute dissection, chronic dissection, penetrating ulceration and aortic rupture
  • Perform measurement of the aorta according to computed tomography imaging using software allowing multiplanar reconstruction
  • Critically evaluate the landing zone for aortic stent-graft according to computed tomography imaging
  • Choose the most appropriate stent-graft according to aortic anatomy
  • Report on recommendations on aortic treatment as outlined in the current guidelines



We offer a €9,000 grant to help with this Fellowship’s associated living and travel costs. Additionally, EACTS will also contribute towards the cost of your attendance at the EACTS Annual Meeting (the largest cardiothoracic meeting in the world).


Application and Selection Criteria

Essential Criteria 

In order to apply for this Fellowship, you must:

  • Be an EACTS member with up-to-date membership payment
  • Be a Resident, Fellow or Surgeon within the first four years after training (specialty degree)
  • Be fluent in English  


Desirable criteria: 

  • Having experience in thoracic aorta surgery as an independent surgeon
  • Possessing vascular catheter skills
  • Having Endovascular facilities at your home centre
  • Possibility of applying the knowledge and abilities acquired during the fellowship in home practice
  • Being able to perform endovascular procedures at your home centre once the skills have been acquired


The following documents must be provided as part of your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of interest detailing the way in which you meet the application criteria, your career aspirations along with your how you are in a position to apply the skills and knowledge obtained during the Fellowship in your own centre
  • Letter of support from head of training/department
  • Operative experience


Application guidance

Please ensure that all documents submitted are written in English, and that they are submitted either as word documents or PDF. We do not accept images or handwritten applications. We are unable to provide advice or guidance about visa applications, so please ensure that you understand the visa requirements before applying for this Fellowship.

Evaluation and feedback

Fellows will complete a report on their experience at the end of the Fellowship, which they will present during the EACTS Annual Meeting.