Austria, Switzerland and Germany (ASG) Travelling Fellowship - Closed

Applications are currently closed

At present we are in discussions with the various international associations about the arrangements for this fellowship, which have been significantly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Fellow due to travel in 2020 has not yet been able to do so, and we are exploring with our international partners when this might be possible and in what format as well as actively looking at when next we might send a new Fellow. As yet, this is still uncertain. We will update this page with any further information as it becomes available.

BOA members were invited to apply for the 2020 ASG Travelling Fellowship. The Fellowship promotes international travel for the exchange of medical ideas with a tour of Austria, Switzerland and Germany together with Fellows from the American and Canadian Orthopaedic Association. The tour was due to take place in spring of 2020 and will be rearranged (exact dates tbc).

History of the ASG Fellowship:

The ASG Fellowship was introduced in 1978 by the Orthopaedic Associations of Austria, Germany and Switzerland to provide an opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons from those three countries to visit North America in order to forge closer international relations. In 1981, the American Orthopaedic Association founded a reciprocal tour enabling US surgeons to visit those three countries. Over time, Canadian and British Fellows have been included in this tour.

The Visit:

The Fellow selected will visit orthopaedic institutions throughout Austria, Switzerland and Germany during a three to four week period.

All applicants should ensure that they are available to travel for the duration of the tour and the preliminary programme is available here


The BOA funds an economy return air fare to Europe. The host country sponsors all other costs incurred by Fellows during their tour.


Please note that applicants must be BOA members and must have obtained their CCT within the last 10 complete years on 1st January of the year the tour is due to commence. Please read the terms and conditions below for further information.

Applications are considered by the BOA Executive Group and there is only one place available in the UK.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview by a panel made up of members of the BOA Executive.

Terms & Conditions

Eligibility & Applications:

  1. Applicants must be current members of the BOA.
  2. Applicants who have previously applied but have been unsuccessful can apply again.
  3. Applications will not be accepted from successful candidates in the previous year’s round.
  4. The ASG Fellowship cannot be awarded retrospectively.
  5. The ASG Fellowship has specific eligibility criteria and applicants should ensure they check these carefully:
    1. Applicants must have obtained their CCT within the last 10 complete years on 1st January of the year the tour is due to commence.
    2. Applicants must be available to travel during the spring of the year following their application. The tour lasts approximately 3-4 weeks.

The Fellowship:

  1. By accepting the ASG Fellowship, the awardee agrees not to partake in any activities that will bring the BOA and/or the sponsors into disrepute.
  2. The BOA accepts no liability for the actions of the candidate while on the ASG Fellowship, or for activities related to it.

After the Fellowship:

  1. Following completion of the ASG Fellowship, the BOA requires the successful applicant to submit a report about their Fellowship:
    1. The report should be submitted within six weeks of Fellowship completion.
    2. The report should be of at least 500 words and, where possible, include some photographs.
    3. The BOA reserves the right to publish the report on the BOA website, in its publications and publicity, and for any other purposes as it sees fit.

Financial Arrangements:

  1. British Fellows will be responsible for the purchasing of their flight (economy class) to the host country and the inter-rail ticket (standard class) required for the train journeys between host sites. They can claim the costs of these from the BOA up to the maximum value of £1000.
  2. In special circumstances, it may be possible to claim additional funds. Requests of this nature must be put in writing to the Director of Finance and the Honorary Treasurer for consideration.
  3. Successful applicants will be responsible for funding the costs of travelling to and from the airport which they are flying from.
  4. Successful applicants will be responsible for funding the cost of travel insurance.
  5. All other costs incurred will be met by the host country.
  6. More details on financial arrangements will be provided to successful applicants.
  7. Funds must be claimed within six months of the end of the fellowship, after which time the funds available will be reallocated to other BOA expenditure.