Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery

The RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery is an award to promote the acquisition of additional surgical skills and knowledge that will contribute to the advancement of surgical science and practice in Ireland.

The Fellowship is open to Fellows and Members of the College (in good standing) who are in, or have completed within the previous two years, a higher surgical training programme in Ireland.

The Fellowship, which must be full-time, is tenable for one year abroad and includes a College Medal, stipend and travel allowance up to a maximum amount of €20,000. Additional travelling grants up to a maximum of €30,000 may also be awarded to either the awardee and/or other worthy candidates.


Among the criteria which the Selection Board will consider in making recommendations will be:

  • Academic and training record of the applicant
  • Reputation of host institution
  • Value of learning experience to Irish surgical practice


Applications will be considered from the following candidates:

  • Surgical trainees who, at the date of application, are at an advanced stage of surgical training in the island of Ireland and are Members or Fellows of the RCSI in good standing
  • Fellows or Members of RCSI, in good standing, who have been awarded their CCST in the island of Ireland within the previous two years
  • Individuals who have not previously received an RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery

Applicants are encouraged to plan as far in advance as possible as retrospective applications may be disqualified.

Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery 2022 – Criteria PDF | 242.3 KB

The application process requires candidates to make a written application, providing details of their proposed Fellowship. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their completed application is received in full before the closing date of Friday, 22 October 2021.

The applicant must submit the following to Ms Samantha Henson, Department of Surgical Affairs, 121 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 ( before the closing date:

  • A completed application form
  • A copy of their curriculum vitae
  • Written acknowledgement from the unit to be visited
Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery 2022 – Application form PDF | 178.8 KB

The successful candidate/s will be expected to:

  • Provide the College with a full report on completion of the Fellowship
  • Present a report of the Fellowship at a College Meeting
  • Acknowledge the support of the College in any publication arising as a result of the Fellowship
  • Supply the College with copies of the above papers at the time of publication

The following were successful in receiving this award in previous years.

Year Recipient/s
  • Mark Broe
  • John T Cassidy (RCSI Guisse Mehigan Scholarship / RCSI Travel Grant 2021)
  • Elaine Redmond
  • Jarlath Bolger (RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery 2021)
  • Jack Wood
  • Connor Green (RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery)
  • Zahraa Al-Hilli (joint RCSI/ACS Exchange programme)
  • Brian Devitt (RCSI Surgical Travelling Fellowship)
  • Claragh Healy (joint RCSI/Gussie Mehigan Scholarship Travel Grant)
  • Tom Gallagher (Joint RCSI/ACS Exchange programme)
  • Anne O'Neill and Brian Barry (joint recipients of the RCSI Surgical Travelling Fellowship)
  • Rustom Manecksha, Eimear Phelan, Myles Smith (RCSI Travel Grants)
  • Emer Lang (RCSI Surgical Travelling Fellowship)
  • Rowan Casey, Gavin O'Brien, James O'Riordan (RCSI Travel Grants)
  • Jonathan McGuinness (RCSI Surgical Travelling Fellowship)
  • Emmet Andrews and David Beddy (RCSI Travel Grants)

RCSI Surgical Travelling Fellowship/RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery awardees, 1985-2018.