SAGES Career Development Award

Submissions for the 2016 Award are now open

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Purpose & Guidelines

The focus of this SAGES Foundation supported award is to provide funding for a young surgeon or surgeon-in-training for the development of critical skills required for their academic career in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. The intent of this award is to provide a period of protected time equivalent to 6 months without clinical obligations. This can take the form of a delay in the start of a faculty role, ongoing residency training, a reduced clinical role for supplemental training/traveling fellowships, or intensive organized educational activities. This award will provide the awardee with a unique educational opportunity that would not otherwise be available. Awards are conferred on a competitive basis by submission of an award application, which is reviewed and evaluated by the SAGES Research & Career Development Committee and approved by the Governing Board.

Available Award

The award will be $30,000 to support travel, salary support, and/or tuition. (Note: The salary support portion of the grant will be taxable)

Award Guidelines

Eligible applicants must be a current SAGES Candidate member (including residents and Fellows), or a Member early in his or her faculty appointment (within five years of completion of training).

Applicants must complete the online application

This award is not intended to be used for research supplies. The time commitment for the project is to be at least 6 months.

Awardees will summarize their experience at the SAGES Annual Meeting and submit results to Surgical Endoscopy or Mini-SCOPE.

Examples of successful proposals could include, but are not exclusive to the following:

  • Salary support for basic or clinical investigation by the awardee.
  • Salary support for intensive training in a clinical area (interventional endoscopy, NOTES, advanced laparoscopic techniques).
  • Salary support for training in research, management, leadership or related field (outcomes, legislative, safety, financing)

Contact Information

For additional information, contact the Research and Career Development department at or (310) 437-0544, ext 110.

SAGES would like to acknowledge the SAGES Education and Research Foundation, which pledged a generous educational grant for the inaugural 2008 Career Development Award.


The SAGES Career Development Award Application is completely online.  Members MUST be logged in to submit the application.