Each year, one award is offered in conjunction with The Royal College of Surgeons of England to a surgeon, trainee surgeon or specialist to pursue research (that does not include clinical work, laboratory-based or otherwise) into the development of new operative techniques, improvements in patient care and recovery and/or the causes of surgical conditions and how to treat them, at any accredited US higher education institution. This award is for a period of 3-12 months beginning at any point between 01 August 2012 and 30 April 2013. As an applicant for this award you should be a member of The Royal College of Surgeons of England at the time of applying. Minimum eligibility for this award category: -UK citizen (resident anywhere) -Member of The Royal College of Surgeons of England -Hold or expect to receive a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Master’s, PhD or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area before departure to the US Projects which involve direct patient clinical contact are not permitted. Awards are not available for peripatetic visits or attendance at conferences only. US nationals, those with dual US-UK citizenship and those resident in the US may not apply.