How to Apply for the International Scholars program


The  application for the 2019 scholarship year is closed. Check our website regularly for future education opportunities.

General Information about the program
Each year, the AAOS International Scholars Program accepts applications from eligible surgeons from select countries based on the  World Bank Gross National Income classification (low, middle and upper-middle income). 

Awardees attend a surgical skills course of their choice at the OLC Education & Conference Center and spend five days in an observership at a major US hospital of medical institution. The scholarship award covers the OLC course registration fee, hotel accommodations, and most of the air travel expenses. Take a look at the programs and feedback from the 2017 Scholarship Year!


Middle East
Mexico, Central and South America and Caribbean 
Key Dates

November 2018 - the 2019 AAOS International Scholars will be selected and posted online. 


Applications are reviewed and evaluated by the AAOS International Committee on the following criteria: 

  • Leadership roles or positions
  • Proven record of teaching either academically or within your professional organizations and/or health care community
  • Commitment to improving patient care
  • History of volunteering in your community and country 

Eligibility Requirements

Application Process

Frequently Asked Questions