Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

The RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery

This award is to promote the acquisition of additional surgical skills and knowledge that will contribute to the advancement of surgical science and practice in Ireland.

The Fellowship is open to Fellows and Members of the College, in good standing, who are in, or have completed within the previous two years, a higher surgical training programme in Ireland. The Fellowship, which must be full-time, is tenable for one year abroad and includes a College Medal, stipend and travel allowance up to a maximum amount of €20,000. Additional travelling grants up to a maximum of €30,000 may also be awarded to either the fellowship winner and/or other worthy candidates.

Application process

The deadline for receipt of applications for 2019 is Friday 25 October 2019.

Applicants are required to:

a) Complete the application form here.

b) Provide a copy of full curriculum vitae.

c) Provide written acknowledgement from the unit to be visited.

Completed applications should be submitted by email to the Department of Surgical Affairs (for the attention of Ms G Conroy), on or before Friday 25 October 2019.


Recipients of the grant must submit a report at the end of their project. Download the report form here.

Previous award recipients

The following were successful in obtaining awards:

Year Recipients 
2019 Danielle Collins (the RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery); Adrian McArdle (Surgical Travel Grant); Gregory Nason (Surgical Travel Grant); Abdul Karim (Surgical Travel Grant); Kieran Breen (Surgical Travel Grant); Andrew Coveney (Surgical Travel Grant); Philip O’Halloran (Surgical Travel Grant); Elaine Redmond (Surgical Travel Grant); Jaime Doody (joint RCSI/ACS Exchange programme).
2018 Kieron Sweeney (the RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery and a Surgical Travel Grant); Gregory Nason (the Joint RCSI/Gussie Mehigan Scholarship Travel Grant PLUS a Surgical Travel Grant); Sarah Moran (Surgical Travel Grant); Rosin Dolan (joint RCSI/ACS exchange programme)
2017 Fardod O’Kelly (the RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery and a Surgical Travel Grant); Niall Davis (RCSI Surgical Travel Grant); Tara NiDhonnchu (RCSI/ACS Exchange Programme)
2016 Joseph Butler (RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery); Shirley Potter (RCSI/ACS Exchange programme)
2015 Joseph Baker (joint RCSI/Gussie Mehigan Scholarship Travel Grant)Zahraa Al-Hilli and John Burke (JOINTLY awarded the RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery); Rory Kennelly (joint RCSI/ACS exchange programme)
2014 Connor Green (RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery); Zahraa Al-Hilli (joint RCSI/ACS exchange programme)
2013 Paula Casserly (RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery); Aoife Lowery (joint RCSI/ACS exchange programme)
2012 Brian Devitt (RCSI Surgical Travelling Fellowship); Claragh Healy (joint RCSI/Gussie Mehigan Scholarship Travel Grant); Tom Gallagher (Joint RCSI/ACS exchange programme)
2011 Anne O'Neill and Brian Barry (joint recipients of the RCSI Surgical Travelling Fellowship); Rustom Manecksha, Eimear Phelan, Myles Smith (RCSI Travel Grants)
2010 Emer Lang (RCSI Surgical Travelling Fellowship); Rowan Casey, Gavin O'Brien, James O'Riordan (RCSI Travel Grants)
2009 Jonathan McGuinness (RCSI Surgical Travelling Fellowship); Emmet Andrews and David Beddy (RCSI Travel Grants)

RCSI Surgical Travelling Fellowship/RCSI Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery awardees, 1985 - 2018