Thoracic Surgery Foundation / Francis Fontan

Fund International Travelling Fellowship

The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons are proud to collaborate on the inaugural Thoracic Surgery Foundation / Francis Fontan Fund International Travelling Fellowship. This unique and prestigious Fellowship supports the advancement of cardiothoracic surgical care through the sharing of clinical experiences across the global cardiothoracic community.

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

Purpose: The purpose of this international travelling 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.


The Applicant 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 so long as the objectives of the Fellowship (above) are 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 that are being sought.

In summary;

  • Applicant is responsible for 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.

Funding: Awards of €16,500 ($20,000) for 4-16 weeks will be granted to support a cardiothoracic surgeon for this fellowship. The first award payment (75%) will be distributed at time of award notification (February 2022). The second and final grant instalment (25%) will be made upon completion of a satisfactory progress report, which will be approved by the TSF/FFF Award Committee. This award of €16,500 ($20,000) will be used to defray the travel and living expenses for the fellowship period.

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

TSF/FFF Awards Selection Committee:

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


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

Required Application Materials: 

  • Submit Online Application (Application Open Date: 01 July 21)
  • 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



  • Application Open Date: 1 July 2021
  • Application Deadline: 29 September 2021
  • TSF/FFF Committee Review Period: 01 October 2021-01 November 2021
  • Notification to Recipient: On or before the 19 November 2021
  • Public Award Announcement: 01 February 2022