ABC Travelling Fellowship


The ABC Travelling Fellowship is an educational exchange shared by a group of young orthopaedic surgeons selected by the American, British, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian and South African orthopaedic associations. The Fellowship was conceived by Dr. R.I. Harris of Toronto, Ontario during his presidency of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) in 1948.

General Information

The tour begins in the Spring of every odd year (i.e. 2019, 2021, 2023 etc.). During the even-numbered years (i.e. 2018, 2021, 2022 etc.), overseas Fellows visit North America, while Fellows from the United States and Canada tour abroad during the odd-numbered years (i.e. 2019, 2021, 2023 etc.). Fellows from the US and Canada will always visit Great Britain, but will alternate Australia and New Zealand with South Africa during their tour as ABC Fellows.

Two (2) Canadian candidates are selected by the COA’s Exchange Fellowships Committee for the tour.
Five (5) American candidates are selected by the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) for the same tour.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications from Canadian candidates is JULY 13, 2018.

2019 ABC Fellowship Applications – July 13 Deadline 

The COA is accepting applications for the 2019 ABC Travelling Fellowship until July 13, 2018.

The tour will take place during the Spring of 2019 over approximately five weeks.

This fellowship opportunity is open to candidates who are 45 years of age or under as of December 31, 2018 and who are either Canadian citizens or permanent residents with full-time positions in Canadian hospitals. Guidelines, application forms and further information can be found below.

Past Fellows

Travelling Fellowships

Travel Diary