Travelling fellowships for health professions educators are currently available through the journals Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher. The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and Wiley-Blackwell, who publishes the journals on behalf of ASME, have identified up to £2,000 GBP in funding through each journal. Proposals for each fellowship should address a relevant, high-priority area of study within each field; propose a practical plan with achievable goals; and encourage collaboration and the exchange of knowledge among educators. Additional requirements specific to each fellowship should also be reviewed before applying. The application deadline is March 1, 2012.
One of the criteria for selection is demonstration of having experience with a project that the research team is committed to studying further. Examples of such evidence include a published Really Good Stuff.
ASME and Wiley-Blackwell have identified funding of up to £ 2,000 to support this initiative. The aim of the Fellowship is to provide financial support to an individual or a research group to facilitate gaining further experience/training/knowledge that will enable strengthening of health professional education research efforts. The individual or team must demonstrate commitment to a particular project and clearly indicate how the activities supported by the travelling fellowship will enhance the capacity to engage in conceptually grounded, methodologically rigorous, and programmatic research efforts. Among other things, the fellowship may be used to enable visiting an institution or research group in furtherance of the individual?s own professional and personal development and collaborative opportunities or to bring a scholar to the team in furtherance of the groups and research projects development.
- To apply for a Medical Education Travelling Fellowship, applicants are asked to submit a proposal outlining the purpose for which they would use the Fellowship.
- The submission should be written in English and must not exceed 1,000 words in length.
- One entry per applicant is permitted.
The proposal should be accompanied by:
- A completed application form
- A brief curriculum vitae (maximum of two pages).
- A letter of support from the applicant’s supervisor/Director of Education etc if appropriate.
- Confirmation of acceptance by the institution/centre(s) to be visited, should the application be successful.
- The funding for a Medical Education Travelling Fellowship contributes in part, or in whole, to the cost of one period of study/attachment.
- The costs of the proposed Fellowship must be itemised. Funding for up to a maximum of 000 only will be considered.
- Travel for the sole purpose of attending a scientific meeting/conference will not be supported.
- Travel in support of data collection (or any other expenses directly related to the research project rather than the development of the research team) will not be supported.
- Retrospective requests for Fellowships will be not considered.
- Only complete applications accompanied by all relevant signatures and received by March 1st 2012 will be considered. Winners will be announced by July 1st 2012 for travel expected to take place before the subsequent July.
- On completion of the period of research/training, the successful applicant must submit a written report on their Fellowship (1,500 words) to the journal?s Board of Management via the Editorial Manager (email to: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
- Successful candidates will be expected to present their work at an ASME Annual Scientific Meeting (preferably in person, but potentially via Skype/Web-based Videoconference). Registration to that meeting will be waived if the successful candidate is an ASME member.
Criteria for selection
Proposals for the Medical Education Travelling Fellowship should:
- Demonstrate having experience with a project that the research team is committed to studying further. Examples of such evidence include a published Really Good Stuff article or prior conference presentation on the topic.
- Address a priority area within health professional education and provide a rationale as to why further research in that area is important
- Have a strong conceptual focus for the research (i.e., the research should be aimed at advancing fundamental understanding of a practically relevant issue rather than focusing on program evaluation or quality assurance).
- Indicate how the proposed activities will enable professional development of the applicant and stimulate further research collaboration (e.g., what is to be gained from the experience and why is it necessary to improve the previously completed work).
- Encourage knowledge and skills exchange between individuals with complementary backgrounds (geographic or otherwise) and areas of expertise
- Describe a plan that is achievable within the timeframe specified and that indicates how the recipient can ensure that (s)he will be well positioned to take advantage of the experience over the long term.
Closing date for applications: March 1st 2012
Queries and applications can be sent to:
1 Tamar Science Park
Plymouth, PL6 8BX
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 764414
Fax: +44 (0) 1752 764413
Details can be found on Medical Education website: www.mededuc.com