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  MAY 1, 2020.

2021 Canadian ABC Fellows 

Interested in applying for the next ABC fellowship? Applications are now being accepted!

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the COA Leadership and Exchange Fellowship Committee have opted to prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of its membership. As such, the 2021 ABC Tour application deadline has been extended to October 1, 2020 until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions please email Lexie Bilhete at

Past Fellows

Travelling Fellowships

Travel Diary