AOTrauma Europe and Southern Africa calls for applications for the new “Stephan Perren AOTrauma Research Traveling Fellowship”

15. June 2018

AOTrauma Europe and Southern Africa (AOTESA) is pleased to announce a new fellowship initiated by Chairperson Research Committee Pol Rommens

The Stephan Perren AOTrauma Research Traveling Fellowship is intended to give young and enthusiastic researchers with a specific interest in trauma care the possibility to visit the two following established research centers for two weeks each:

  • AO Research Institute, Davos, Switzerland
  • Julius Wolff Institute, Berlin, Germany

This fellowship offers a deep insight into ongoing musculoskeletal system research. You will get acquainted with research methods and techniques and become part of an international network of researchers and research institutes. With this experience, you will gain a clearer view on what domain of research you prefer and where to start or continue your research activities.

AOTrauma aims to identify young and interested AOTrauma members who participate in AOTrauma-funded research projects.

Successful applicants will spend two weeks at the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) and two-weeks at the Julius Wolff Institute in Berlin. The fellowship grant is endowed with CHF 4,000 as a lump sum to cover traveling and hosting expenses for the four weeks. A final report on the fellowship must be sent to the Chairperson Research Committee AOTESA within one month after completing the fellowship.

Eligibility criteria

Successful applicants are:

  • Enthusiastic researchers under 45 years with a specific interest in trauma care
  • Orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons or surgeons in training
  • AOTrauma member

Furthermore, they have:

  • Attended an AOTrauma Basic and Advanced Principles course
  • Initial experience with clinical and basic research activities; first authorship of a clinical or basic research article; or involvement in a project in the field of musculoskeletal trauma or diseases

To apply, please:

  • Fill-in all required fields under the online submission link
  • Provide a letter of intent explaining your motivation and description of your preferred professional career
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from an ​AOTrauma country council member in your country and from the chief of department

How will the fellows be selected?

AOTESA research reviewing board members will carefully review all applications and select the fellows based on the eligibility criteria. The candidates will be informed by the AOTESA office about the outcome in August/September 2018.

After completing this fellowship and in case of aptitude, there is the possibility of becoming a long-term fellow in one of the institutes.

Please submit your application by clicking here

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Applications must be submitted to AOTrauma by July 8, 2018.

For further questions, please contact:  

We look forward to your submission.

Pol Rommens
Chairperson Resarch Committee AOTrauma Europa and Southern Africa