Eligibility

The fellowship is open to physicians and surgical care team members who volunteer their medical services or serve as volunteer educators in communities most in need.

Fellows are selected based on their:

  • Firm commitment to an upcoming trip that provides medical care to those without access OR supports the advancement of skills for doctors practicing reconstructive medicine or related techniques in the developing world

  • Affiliation with a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO) or non-profit organization (NPO)

  • Willingness to share their story with the millions of consumers and fellow medical providers in the RealSelf community to help raise awareness to the gap in access to reconstructive surgical care

  • Demonstrated achievement in their field of medicine, with a preference for skills in education and training

  • Good standing in their field of medicine and up-to-date licensing with regulatory authorities

Funding will be directed through a fellow’s chosen NGO. Preference will be afforded to doctors with profiles on RealSelf, but this is not a requirement.


FAQs

Who is eligible to receive a RealSelf Fellowship grant?

The fellowship is open to physicians and surgical care team members who volunteer their medical services or serve as volunteer educators to advance the skills of local doctors and staff in a range of medical needs, including hand surgery, burn reconstruction, microsurgery and advanced cleft techniques, as well as anesthesia, nursing, orthodontics, and physical and hand therapy.

How will Fellows be chosen?

RealSelf Fellows are selected based on their potential to make a real impact on global access to necessary reconstructive surgery and medical treatments and their willingness to share their story with the millions of consumers and fellow medical providers in the RealSelf community, as others have. All applications are evaluated based on four categories:

  • Quality

  • Relevance

  • Timing

  • Impact

What do RealSelf Fellows receive?

Fellows receive funds to offset the expenses incurred during medical trips. Fellows are awarded $7,500 to be applied toward expenses related to travel and supplies used in a medical-training trip. (Note: The grant does not go directly to the doctor, but instead to and through the non-governmental organization (NGO) arranging the trip.) The recognition that comes with being awarded a RealSelf Fellowship also amplifies exposure to a practitioner’s brand and increases awareness of the practitioner’s chosen cause.

Are trips providing non-surgical care eligible to receive a RealSelf Fellowship grant?

There are no formal surgical requirements. Trips and projects are evaluated by our committee on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes the smallest treatment can have the biggest impact.

Are Fellows required to be physicians?

No. The fellowship is open to physicians and surgical care team members who will volunteer their medical services or serve as volunteer educators to advance the skills of local doctors and staff in a range of medical needs.

Are Fellows required to be RealSelf doctors?

Preference will be afforded to doctors with profiles on RealSelf, but this is not a requirement.

When will Fellows be named?

RealSelf evaluates applications once per year in December. We are now accepting applications for trips taking place between February 15, 2018 and February 14, 2019.

  • Application deadline - December 1, 2017

  • Award notifications - January 15, 2018

Are you planning a trip that will make a real impact on global access to necessary reconstructive surgery or medical treatments? Apply for a RealSelf Fellowship.

How many grants will be given in each evaluation period?

Each year, RealSelf selects five medical professionals to receive the $7,500 ReaSelf Fellowship grant. Applications are reviewed in December and award notifications are made in January.

What types of trips have received financial support in the past?

During recent RealSelf-funded trips to Vietnam and India, volunteers provided life-changing surgery for children and adults with clefts, burns, hand anomalies, and other conditions repairable through reconstructive surgery. The fellowship is open to physicians and surgical care teams who address a wide range of medical needs, including hand surgery, burn reconstruction, microsurgery and advanced cleft techniques, as well as anesthesia, nursing, orthodontics, and physical and hand therapy.

How much total funding will the RealSelf Fellowship award?

RealSelf has granted more than $250,000 sponsoring medical professionals to support their humanitarian efforts abroad. Each year, RealSelf selects five medical professionals to receive the $7,500 RealSelf Fellowship grant.

Have questions or feedback? Our Giving Team wants to hear from you at giving@realself.com

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