2022 Chris O’Brien Traveling Fellowship

The Australia and New Zealand/North American Chris O’Brien Traveling Fellowship 2022

The Councils of the American Head and Neck Society Research and Education Foundation and the Australian-New Zealand Head and Neck Society announce the

Chris O’Brien Traveling Fellowship


The purpose of this fellowship is to encourage international exchange of information concerning surgical science, practice, and education and to establish professional and academic collaborations and friendships.


The scholarship is available to members in good standing of the American Head and Neck Society or the Australian-New Zealand Head and Neck Society or any of the surgical specialties who meet the following requirements:

  • Has a major interest and accomplishments in clinic or basic sciences related to head and neck surgery
  • Holds a current full-time academic appointment
  • Has no more than 10 years experience in his/her practice – There will be flexibility with this requirement due to the delay in awarding this fellowship as a result of Covid.
  • Is enthusiastic, personable, and possesses good communication skills
  • For purposes of the 2022 application, the candidate will travel to Australia and/or New Zealand and must therefore be a resident of the United States or Canada.


The Fellow is required to spend a minimum of two to three weeks in Australia and/or New Zealand:

  • To attend and participate in an in-country annual scientific meeting
    • For this application period, the candidate from the United States or Canada will be attending the 2022 joint AHZNCS ASM meeting, August 26-28, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • The Chris O’Brien Traveling Scholarship will be awarded every two years alternating between Australia/New Zealand and North America
  • To participate in the formal convocation ceremony of the meeting
  • To attend and present an oral presentation
  • To visit at least two medical centers in Australia and/or New Zealand before or after the meeting to lecture and to share clinical and scientific expertise with the local surgeons
  • To submit to the American Head and Neck Society a write-up of your experience and lessons learned upon completion of travel

The academic and geographic aspects of the itinerary will be finalized in consultation and mutual agreement between the Fellow and the President or designated representative of the AHNS and the ANZHNS.  The surgical centers to be visited depend to some extent on the special interest and expertise of the Fellow and his or her previously established professional contacts with surgeons in Australia and New Zealand or North America.  His or her spouse or partner is welcome to accompany the successful applicant.  There will be many opportunities for social interaction, as well as these professional activities.


The ANZHNS and the American Head and Neck Society Research and Education Foundation will provide the sum of $10,000 U.S. to the successful applicant, who will also be exempted from registration fees for the meetings.  He/she must meet all travel and living expenses.  The societies’ representatives will meet with the Fellow about the centers to be visited in Australia and New Zealand or North America, the local arrangements for each center, and other advice and recommendations about travel schedules.  The Fellow is to make his/her own travel arrangements in Australia and/or New Zealand.

The Councils of the American Head and Neck Society Research and Education Foundation and the ANZHNS will select the Fellow after review and evaluation of the final applications.  A personal interview may be requested prior to the final selection.

Applications for this traveling fellowship may be obtained from the American Head and Neck Research and Education Foundation’s website, www.ahnsfoundation.info, or by emailing Colleen Elkins at colleen@ahns.info.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is June 1, 2022.  The successful application and an alternate will be selected and notified by June 15, 2022.

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