The Evarts A. Graham Memorial Traveling Fellowship was established in 1951 by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery for the purpose of supporting study within North America by promising young academic cardiothoracic surgeons from outside the region to broaden their overall training and increase international contacts. Since the inception of the Graham Traveling Fellowship, 66 individuals from 30 countries have completed the Fellowship. Starting this year, two candidates will be supported annually, one cardiac and one thoracic fellow. Each will be provided with $50,000 for six months of training at their identified host institution. Individuals who are accepted for ACGME-approved surgical fellowships may also apply to this program. For these applicants, the award can be used to allow for additional time visiting other North American cardiac or thoracic surgery programs during or after the ACGME fellowship. USMLE certification is recommended, but not required for applicants who will not participate in an ACGME surgical fellowship.
**Please note that any award payments made to foreign individuals may be subject to federal tax withholding of up to 30% if a recipient is traveling to the United States.
The Evarts A. Graham Memorial Traveling Fellowship Committee will review all applications and select two awardees to be presented to AATS Foundation Board of Directors for a final decision. Applications will be graded on all aspects of the award criteria. At the conclusion of their experience, a final report is required for submission prior to the AATS Foundation Board of Directors Meeting at the AATS Annual Meeting.