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IUGA is now accepting Observership Grant applications. The application deadline is Friday, September 14. 

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IUGA offers educational observership grants in order to offset the costs of visiting an approved host site which has proven expertise in a specific area related to urogynecology, selected by the applicant. Recipients spend 2-4 weeks at the host site, as mutually agreed upon by the recipient and host site.

The purpose of the observership grant program is to defray travel and living expenses during the observership. No additional funding will be available through IUGA; any additional necessary funding must be obtained by the applicant or the applicant’s home institution. The applicant is responsible for all healthcare costs and/or any other costs above and beyond the recipient’s observership grant funds. The recipients will receive the funding prior to starting the observership, once all requirements are met.

All observerships must take place at an IUGA-approved host site (see Host Site Directory). If the intended host site is not on the approved list of IUGA host sites, the intended host site may submit an application.

Please direct any questions regarding IUGA Observership Grants to the IUGA Executive Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Awards

IUGA offers three Observership Grants. Applicants must specify in their application which grant they are applying for:

  • USD 4,000 for a trainee, fellow, or physician-in-training
  • USD 4,000 for a consultant from a Least Developed Country (which includes low and lower middle income countries as defined by the World Bank)
  • USD 2,000 for any IUGA member


Eligibility

Applicant must be an IUGA member in good standing

Forms


Submission Instructions

A complete grant application must be submitted via email to the IUGA Executive Office via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by the published deadline. All items listed below must be submitted as a single PDF with documents compiled in the order listed below. Only complete applications that include all required materials and explicitly follow these instructions will be forwarded to the Education Committee for review. An IUGA Executive Office staff member will review each application for completeness before forwarding it to the Education Committee for review and has the authority to disqualify an application if all required information, signatures, related documents, and/or page or word limit requirements are not followed.


Required Application Documents:

  • Observership Application (download form here)
  • A short written account of the reasons for and benefits of the intended visit (500 words or less)
  • Area of interest selected and publications or other work in the specified area
  • The name and institution of the host site you wish to visit and their particular expertise
  • Planned duration of observership
  • The estimated cost of travel and subsistence, together with details of any other financial assistance being obtained or requested
  • Two letters of reference
  • Signed Host Agreement Form - Confirmation of acceptance from the specified host site via a letter (on institution letterhead) or a formal email from the host
  • A brief CV with related qualifications


Post-Award Requirements

  • Submit a Final Report of their observership experience to the IUGA Executive Office within 60 days of the completion of the observership. Final Reports may be published on the IUGA website and/or in the IUGA Newsletter.
  • Provide a full itemized account of use of the funds awarded by IUGA, including receipts, where appropriate.


PAST IUGA OBSERVERSHIP GRANT RECIPEINTS

2017

  • Yunwei Zhao (Canada) hosted by Ranee Thakar and Abdul Sultan (United Kingdom)
  • Zelalem Mengistu (Ethiopia) hosted by Hans Peter Dietz (Australia)
  • Nirmala Amber Paplkar (India) hosted by Ranee Thakar and Abdul Sultan (United Kingdom)

2016

  • Kelvin Mbuga Kinuthia (Kenya) hosted by Anna Rosamilia (Australia) - View Report
  • Anthony Wanjala Nakhisa (Ethiopia) hosted by Stephen Jeffery (South Africa) - View Report
  • Ayana Birthanu Abera (Ethiopia) hosted by Gil Levy (Israel) - View Report

2014

  • Krzysztof Galczynski (Poland) hosted by G. Willy Davila (United States)
  • Suneetha Rachaneni (United Kingdom) hosted by Hans Peter Dietz (Australia) - View Report

2013

  • Francis Githae Muriithi (Kenya) hosted by Peter Dwyer (Australia) - View Report
  • Luiz Gustavo Brito (Brazil) hosted by Michel Cosson (France) - View Report
  • Anna Pilzek (United States) hosted by Hans Peter Dietz (Australia) - View Report
  • Sharifah Z Syed Abdul Jalil (United Kingdom) hosted by Hans Peter Dietz (Australia) - View Report

2012

  • Valeria Montuoso (Argentina) hosted by G. Willy Davila (United States) - View Report
  • Mohan Regmi (Nepal) hosted by Stephen Jeffery (South Africa) - View Report

2011

  • Rachid El Haddad (Czech Republic) hosted by Ranee Thakar and Abdul Sultan (United Kingdom) - View Report
  • Petr Hubka (Czech Republic) hosted by John DeLancey (United States) - View Report

2010

  • Renato Martins (Portugal) hosted by Linda Cardozo (United Kingdom) - View Report
  • Sharif Ismail (United Kingdom) hosted by Michel Cosson (France) - View Report
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