Aldo R. Castaneda Fellowship
An “Honoring Our Mentors” Fellowship Program


Program overview

The AATS Foundation Aldo R. Castaneda Fellowship has been established by mentees and friends of Dr. Aldo Castaneda including many members of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (formerly the “Aldo Castaneda Society”).  The fellowship is for Latin American congenital heart surgeons who are within their first ten years of practice. It gives them the opportunity to spend up to 3 months observational training with a host in North America who is ideally a first or subsequent generation mentee of Aldo Castaneda.

The fellowship is sponsored and administered by the AATS Foundation and provides an award, of up to $15,000 to one recipient for three months of study or two recipients up to $7,500 for one month of study, to defray travel and living expenses while in North America. Additionally, recipients will be strongly encouraged to attend the AATS Annual Meeting; those who attend will receive a $200 travel stipend to defray costs of registration.

Goal of Program: To provide Latin American congenital heart surgeons a traveling fellowship to North America and train with a mentee of Aldo Castaneda.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an award, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:

  • A candidate must be a citizen of Latin America
  • Be in the first ten (10) years of his/her practice
  • Fluency in English is mandatory
  • Travel Requirement: Candidate must meet all necessary criteria (license, visa, etc…) for travel to and from host training site.


Application Process

The deadline to submit an application for the Fellowship is November 1, 2018. In addition to a formal online application, candidates will also be required to upload the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from his/her current department chair/division chief.
  • Additional letter of support
  • Letter of support from Host 
  • Two to three-page narrative to include: (1) what they hope to accomplish during their fellowship; (2) how they will utilize the skills they have learned at their home institution; (3) relationship of the planned study to the applicant’s prior experience, preparation and professional goals; (4) statement of future career goals, and (5) how they plan to spend the funding

 

Deadline: November 1st 2018