Frequently Asked Questions

What is the maximum grant amount that the Foundation will fund?
The maximum amount awarded per grant can not exceed $50,000 for each fellowship position. Fellowship programs are able to apply for multiple awards in a given specialty in one application. If one program director is applying for multiple fellowships in different disciplines they must submit separate applications for each one being applied for.

How do I apply?
Complete and submit all necessary materials in the online application on or before the posted deadline.

Who is eligible to apply?
Institutions who have programs accredited for post-graduate level surgeons seeking clinical training in the surgical disciplines of MIS General, Bariatric, MIS General/Bariatric, Colorectal, Thoracic, and HPB. Applicants may apply specifically for a robotic focused fellowship within one of the 6 discipline's listed previously. Applicants should be dedicated to carrying out the Foundation's mission of fostering consistently excellent surgical innovation.

  • Fellowship training must be primarily minimally invasive.
  • Currently, the Foundation only funds institutions in the United States.
  • Fellowship Programs must be accredited by The Fellowship Council. Certain fellowship programs with ACGME accreditation, which do not receive CMS funding may also be considered.
  • Institutions will be ranked based on their meticulous quality and demonstrated excellence in surgical practice, training, and scholarly activities.

What do I do if I am not a member of The Fellowship Council or ACGME accredited?
Click on this link if your program is not accredited by The Fellowship Council and you would like to become a member of The Fellowship Council.

Is the Fellowship Grant taxable?
Dependent on the institutions tax designation. Check with the institutions accounting department or tax professional for definitive advice.

Can an Institution apply for grants for multiple Fellows in different disciplines?
Yes this is allowable but each application must be submitted separately for each discipline. In addition, one application being funded does not ensure that all will be funded.

Does completing the Fellowship Council application qualify a program for funding from the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships?
No. The Fellowship Council is a Fellowship accreditation association that is a completely separate entity from the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships. To receive funding from the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships you must apply directly to the foundation by using the online application process.

Will the FSF accept applications from ACGME accredited Fellowships?
Only if the fellowship is not participating in a government funded ACGME program.

If an institution is awarded a Fellowship grant, when will the money be received?
Notification of awards will be sent out the last week of August the year before the program begins. Once the institution completes the Fellowship Match process and has a confirmed Fellow and has notified the Foundation of their Fellow(s) name, and submitted all case log requirements grant funds will be awarded in 2 payments the following year. One payment check will arrive in October and one in April in the current year the program is running, assuming that the program has submitted all case logs and other requirements on time.

Can the institution use Foundation funds for something other than a Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship?
No. Funding for surgical fellowships awarded by the FSF must only be used for MIS training of Fellows applied for in the original application.

Will the full grant amount be awarded all at one time to the institutions?
No. Qualifying programs must submit the Fellow's Case Logs and evaluation forms bi-annually for review  in order to receive the full grant amount.

Can award funding be used for indirect and administrative costs?
An institution is only permitted to use the grant funds for:

  1. Fellow salary and benefits; and
  2. Up to 4% of a maximum Fellowship grant award may be used for educational travel and or training experiences in line with the programs training objectives;

An Institution is not permitted to use any FSF grant funds for:

  1. Administrative overhead;
  2. Malpractice insurance;
  3. Capital equipment purchases;
  4. Computer hardware or software purchases;
  5. Cellular phones or related charges;
  6. Parking fees; or
  7. Meals.