Discover the unique opportunity to advance in your training and deepen your expertise

The AO CMF Fellowship Program offers a unique educational experience to the most promising young surgeons in the entire field of craniomaxillofacial surgery. With this program, AO CMF provides a gateway to our worldwide network and fosters cross-pollination and networking opportunities across our global community.

Fellows will have the opportunity to learn from leading AO CMF experts in the carefully selected and renowned centers, covering the entire scope of craniomaxillofacial (CMF) surgical procedures performed around the world. The duration of the AO CMF Fellowship Program is from 6 to 8 weeks. We support between 75–85 fellowships yearly.

The list of our AO CMF Fellowship Host Centers can be found here.

AO CMF offers several fellowship programs:


AO CMF Short-term International Fellowship Program

The call for application for the 2025 AO CMF program closed on June 2, 2024. Stay tuned for next year's Fellowship Program.

AO CMF Asia Pacific Fellowship Program

The call for application for the 2025 AO Asia Pacific Fellowship Program closed on June 2, 2024. Stay tuned for next year's Fellowship Program.

“It's not just a fellowship. It's a life experience!”

Dr. Varun Menon P, 2017 fellow at University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

Selection criteria

We aim to identify the most promising young surgeons who dedicate their practice to craniomaxillofacial (CMF) surgery and support them in deepening their understanding and extending their knowledge and skills.

Selection criteria for AO CMF Fellows

AO Fellowships are in high demand, and we receive more applications than we can accommodate.

Fellows are selected by the AO CMF Regional Fellowship Coordinators and confirmed by their AO CMF Regional Boards, based on the following criteria:

  • Graduation from a training program in one of the CMF specialties
  • Previous participation in the AO CMF Management of Facial Trauma (MFT) course
  • Active AO CMF membership. We are looking for fellows with a long-term interest to stay involved in the AO.
    • Starting in 2026, a minimum of two-year membership prior to the Fellowship application will be a prerequisite
  • Younger than 40 years old in the year of application (exceptions may be possible depending on the applicant's origin due to different education paths)
  • Employment by a teaching hospital is recommended
  • Engage in lifelong learning AO is a worldwide community of health care professionals in different fields. Diversity and inclusion is one of our guiding principles. AO has worked on an attractive learning pathway dedicated to Diversity, Inclusion and Mentorship—AO Access. 

Application process

The application requires the upload of supporting documentation. Please have these files ready for upload before you begin to fill in your application. (Accepted file formats are PDF, JPG, PNG, and GIF.)

Download example PDF to see what information will be required.

You will need the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Copy of AO CMF MFT course/activity certificate(s)
  • Copy of your medical and/or dental school diploma(s)
  • Copy of any additional AO CMF course /activity certificate(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation (from your departmental head and any AO member who knows you personally)
  • Copy of your passport

Submission of a photograph and/or evidence of vaccinations and your English language proficiency is optional.

Only complete applications will be considered.


During your fellowship, you will receive a small stipend fund to contribute to your accommodation and living costs. 

Please note that the stipend is a contribution to the costs for travel, accommodation and meals and may not necessarily cover all the costs. AO CMF is not able to arrange accommodation in the host country. Travel as well as insurance costs must be funded entirely by the fellow.

The AO CMF Fellowship stipends are calculated using a benchmark of USD 550 for 1 week's fellowship in the United States. The stipends for all other countries are adjusted for the local price level. To calculate the adjustment, the price level ratio of purchasing power parity (PPP) conversion factor to market exchange rate provided by the World Bank is used. The World Bank data can be accessed here. The stipends are paid in Swiss francs equivalents.

AO CMF Fellowship Host Centers

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More information

For further questions, please contact us at cmf@fellows.aofoundation.org.