There is national variation in the the structure and exposure to important aspects of General Surgery specialist training in South Africa.

ASSA aims to widen the exposure of trainees by offering a limited number of sponsorships to Senior Registrars, Fellows or Junior Consultants.


The Young Surgeons Sponsorship is a bi-ennial award. The purpose of this sponsorship is for recipients to visit a local centre that will enhance his/her training in a particular field for a period of 4–6 weeks by fully participating in the activities of the host unit.

The target group would primarily be those registrars, fellows or junior consultants who are believed to be inclined towards an academic career.



  1. Applicants must be current members of ASSA in good standing.
  1. The Host Unit must be acknowledged by the ASSA Executive Committee as an appropraite centre.
  2. If the applicant is a Senior Registrar, he/she must be at a stage of preparing for, or have completed, the final examination.
  3. “Fellows” are defined as individuals currently training for, or who are within 2 years of  having completed sub-specialty training in either Vascular Surgery, Surgical Gastroenterology, Trauma or Critical Care.
  4. “Junior Consultants” are defined as individuals who are within 2 years of having obtained the Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South Africa.
  5. The applicant may not have been awarded the ASSA/Sanofi travelling fellowship in the same year and vice versa.



  1. Applicants must provide a letter substantiating their application and the chosen host unit.
  2. Applications must be submitted with letters of recommendation and acceptance from the Heads of Department of the base and host units respectively.
  3. Application for sponsorship must be addressed to the Chairperson of ASSA.



Selection of applicants will be made by an ASSA sub-committee consisting of the Chairperson, President, Honorary Secretary and two other members of the Executive Committee.



  1. The value of the sponsorship is R50,000 for a period of up to six weeks.
  2. This is intended to cover the following:
    1. Travel costs by the most appropriate means from base to host unit
    2. Reasonable boarding and lodging costs if this is not available from the host
  1. The sponsorship is not intended to make up any deficit that may arise from the doctor not doing overtime or any other loss of income during the stay at the host unit



The successful applicants must furnish a written report endorsed by the host Head of Surgery on completion of the visit.




Applications should be received by the Administrative Officer, Alison McLean, via email: by no later than 31st May 2019.

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