ABC Travelling Fellowship


The ABC Travelling Fellowship is an educational exchange shared by a group of 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 traditionally begins in the Spring of every odd year (i.e. 2021, 2023 etc.). During the even-numbered years (i.e. 2022, 2024 etc.), overseas Fellows visit North America, while Fellows from the United States and Canada tour abroad during the odd-numbered years. 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.

The usual timing of the tours has since been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be re-scheduled according to travel and health and safety restrictions.

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.

2022 ABC Fellowships Tour – Application Deadline Closed

The proposed ABC tour is scheduled from August 27-October 1, 2022 of the United Kingdom and South Africa. Eligible fellows should be flexible with possible changes to the tour dates and locations pending health, safety and travel restrictions.  Learn more about the fellowship experience from the fellows themselves through past travel blogs.

Past Fellows

Travelling Fellowships

Travel Diary