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Applications for this year’s IUGA Observership Grants must be submitted by June 15, 2021.

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IUGA Observership Grants provide members with the opportunity to gain new skills and experience through side-by-side observation with more experienced practitioners and/or those with niche specialty skills within the field of urogynecology. The purpose of the observership grant program is to offset the travel and living expenses of an observership.  

Observerships funded through the IUGA Observership Grant must be undertaken at an IUGA-approved host site (see Host Site Directory), selected by the applicant, which has proven expertise in a specific area related to urogynecology. Recipients spend 2-4 weeks at the host site, as mutually agreed upon by the applicant and host/host site. It is the applicant’s responsibility to coordinate with their chosen host site to find a mutually agreeable timeframe for their visit. If the applicant’s intended host site is not on the approved list of IUGA host sites, the intended host site may submit an application for approval and should do so a minimum of four weeks prior to the published grant application deadline.

No additional funding will be available through IUGA; any additional funding needed for the observership 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. Recipients are responsible for making all travel and lodging arrangements and reservations. The applicant is also responsible for obtaining travel documents, visas, and/or any other documentation required for their entry/stay in the host country.

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Grant Categories & Eligibility

IUGA offers observership grants in the three categories listed below.

Trainee/Fellow/Physician-in-Training Category

  • Award amount: USD 4,000
  • Applicant must be an IUGA member in good standing.
  • Applicant must be a trainee, fellow, or physician in training.
  • Trainees in the allied health professions (physiotherapy, nursing, etc.) are eligible to apply in this category.

Least Developed Country Category

  • Award amount: USD 4,000
  • Applicant must be an IUGA member in good standing.
  • Applicant must be a practitioner from a Least Developed Country (low or lower middle-income country as defined by the World Bank).

Open Category

  • Award amount: USD 2,000
  • Applicant must be an IUGA member in good standing.
  • Any IUGA member, including both physician and non-physician members, are eligible to apply in this grant category.

Awards

The observership grant cycle opens in the spring and typically closes prior to the Annual Meeting (typically, but not always, held in June). All complete applications are reviewed and scored by the IUGA Education Committee, which then recommends recipients to the IUGA Board to confirm. Applicants will be notified of the outcome via email. Award recipients will be announced to the membership via email and recipient names will be included on the IUGA website.

In the event the Education Committee determines there are no qualified applicants in a specific grant category, the Committee reserves the right to forego awarding a grant in that category and may instead award a qualified applicant from another category.

A host site may not host more than one IUGA Observership Grant recipient in any given year. For this reason, applicants must list both a first- and second-choice host site on their application. Award recipients are not guaranteed an observership at their first-choice host site. In the event two awardees have selected the same host site, the Education Committee will select which recipient receives their first-choice host site based on the applicant’s stated goals for the observership compared to the expertise of the site.

Grant recipients will receive the funding approximately one month prior to the beginning of their observership after all requirements are met.

Forms

Submission Instructions

Be sure to read the Observership Guidelines and Instructions prior to submission. A complete grant application (online application form + required attachments) must be submitted by the published deadline. Late applications will not be considered. Awards made in the 2021 Observership Grant cycle are for observerships to be carried out during the 2022 calendar year. An IUGA Office staff member will preview each application for completeness before forwarding it to the Education Committee for review and has the authority to disqualify an application if it is incomplete and/or any required documents are not included in the submission.

Required Application Documents:

  • Observership Application (access online form here) which includes:
    • 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 (must indicate both first- and second-choice host site)
    • Planned duration of observership
    • The estimated cost of travel and subsistence, together with details of any other financial assistance being obtained or requested
    • Names and contact information of two referees
  • Required Documents
    • Two Letters of Reference (letters should be from the referees whose names are provided on the online application form)
    • Signed Host Site Agreement Forms from your first-chost site (download Host Site Agreement Form here.) If you are awarded a grant for your second-choice host site, a signed Host Site Agreement must be obtained from the alternate host site and submitted to the IUGA Office before funds will be awarded. Applicant is responsible for obtaining the Signed Host Agreement from the host/host site. While the signed Host Site Agreement Form is the preferred documentation, a confirmation of acceptance from the specified host site via a letter on institution letterhead or a formal email from the host indicating their willingness to host may also be submitted.
  • A brief CV with related qualifications (maximum 3 pages)
  • Headshot/photo (will be used to announce recipients, on IUGA website and social media channels, and to promote grant program)

Post-Award Requirements

Recipients must:

  • Submit a Final Report of their observership experience to the IUGA 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

2020

  • Manisha Yadav (Nepal) hosted by Croydon University Hospital/Ranee Thakar and Abdul Sultan (United Kingdom)
  • Eskinder Weldetensaye (Ethiopia) hosted by King's College Hospital/Linda Cardozo (United Kingdom)
  • Claudia Luciana Coronado (Peru) hosted by Mercy Hospital/Peter Dwyer (Australia)

2019

  • Boukary Kabre (Burkina Faso) hosted by University of Cape Town & Groote Schuur Hospital (South Africa) - View Report
  • Bohdan Bidovanets (Ukraine) hosted by Monash Medical Center/Anna Rosamilia (Australia)
  • Omar Dueñas Garcia (USA) hosted by Croydon University Hospital/Ranee Thakar and Abdul Sultan (United Kingdom)

2018

  • Fatimat Motunrayo Akinlusi (Nigeria) hosted by Ranee Thakar and Abdul Sultan (United Kingdom) - View Report
  • Merry Gong (Canada) hosted by Ranee Thakar and Abdul Sultan (United Kingdom) - View Report
  • Hedwig Neels (Belgium) hosted by Hans Peter Dietz (Australia) - View Report

2017

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

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