Application Deadline: March 2
The SVS Foundation Student Research Fellowship stimulates laboratory and clinical vascular research by undergraduate college students and medical school students registered at universities in the United States and Canada.
The intent of the fellowship award is to further the student’s education and introduce the student to the application of rigorous scientific methods to clinical problems and underlying biologic processes important to patients with vascular disease.
Successful applications are hypothesis-focused and achievable in the research period proposed. Projects supported by this award include basic science and translational research conducted by a vascular surgeon-scientist mentor as well as clinical research projects conducted under the auspices of a mentor experienced in clinical research.
Each award consists of a US$3,000 student stipend and a two-year complimentary subscription to the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Time period -
The award is designed for students to
spend a meaningful period of time on a project either in a block of
several months or spread out over a longer period of time, not to exceed
12 months. The minimum full-time commitment is two months.
Work site -
The awards are made to the institution
(school, hospital, or research facility) where the student project will be
conducted. The student must be enrolled in a university in Canada or the United
States and sponsored by a SVS member. Students enrolled in combined MD/PhD
programs may not submit a proposal for research that is a component of the
SVS Member Sponsor Responsibility -
The SVS member who sponsors the student is expected to
supervise the research project during the scholarship period. All scholarships
are awarded with the understanding that the sponsoring SVS member accepts full
responsibility for the project and the completion of a final report at the
conclusion of the project. This responsibility also includes assisting with the
experimental design designated in the application. An individual SVS member may
sponsor only one student application per year. Residents and fellows may
not sponsor a student.
Institution Responsibility -
The entire US$3,000 award
must be used as a student stipend. The institution receiving the award
on behalf of the student must agree to distribute the award to the
student and submit an expenditure report to the Research and Education
Committee when payment of the stipend has occurred.
Final Report -
A report (1,000-1,500 words) by
the student and the sponsoring SVS member must be submitted to the
Research and Education Committee at the completion of the project and
before any other approved funds for other students sponsored by the SVS
member are released.
Application Process -
The application deadline is March 2. Decisions regarding the award are sent to applicants by May 1.
An Application Form must be completed and the following materials in PDF format must be uploaded via the online application submission site
. Applications may be rejected if formatting requirements are not followed or application is incomplete.
1. Application Form includes:
- Student name, contact information, and status
- Project type – basic science, translational science or clinical research
- SVS Member Sponsor name and contact information
- Institution Representative name and contact information (where research is taking place and where award funds will be sent)
2. Research plan and specific aim of proposed project
- Not to exceed 5 pages, not including references (12 point font with 1-inch margins)
- Include sections on Background, Aim and Hypothesis and Research Techniques
- The specific aspects of research to be performed by the student should be the focus of the research plan and include what the student expects to gain from the project.
- If the student is performing a specific technical aspect of a complex experiment, describe those components specifically.
- If the project is a component of a larger scientific endeavor, include information regarding the larger project as Context for Student Project as part of the Background section.
3. Student’s Curriculum Vitae
4. SVS Member Sponsor’s NIH Biosketch or Curriculum vitae
5. Letter of support for the student from SVS Member Sponsor. The letter should include:
- A brief review of the scientific resources available to the student such as statistical support, laboratory personnel who will interact with the student and their role in the project, and any other support that will ensure that the student is able to perform the tasks in the timeframe allotted.
- A list of other trainees (students and residents) who have been personally trained by the SVS Member Sponsor in the past 10 years.