ABC Travelling Fellowship


Please download the application form. Further instructions regarding applications, curricula vitae and references are included in the form.

Applications must be received by 5.00pm Tuesday 30 May 2023.

Please note that all applicants are expected to make themselves available for interview by members of the Board of Directors of AOA. Interviews are normally held on the Sunday preceding the Annual Scientific Meeting in the city where the ASM is being held.


Every two years, one Australian Orthopaedic Association member is selected by a subcommittee of the Board of Directors to join six UK fellows for a five-week tour of orthopaedic centres in North America. The Fellowship offers the recipient an exceptional academic experience and is very highly regarded by all participating orthopaedic associations. The successful applicant will also be invited to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting of both the American and Canadian Orthopaedic Associations and may be invited to present a paper on their work. The tour takes place in April-June each year.

It is important to note that the American Orthopaedic Association now regionalises hosting of fellowship tours in the United States, in order to avoid asking certain institutions to host multiple different tours of travelling fellows each year. This means that ABC Fellows visiting the United States will travel within only one region of the country (West, Midwest or East). When applying for the ABC Fellowship, you may wish to plan your application around your preferred touring region.

Schedule of Regions




 N/A (program cancelled due to COVID-19)





The Canadian Orthopaedic Association will continue to separately plan the Canadian portion of the tour, which may or may not be regionalised.


Australian applicants for ABC Travelling Fellowship must be under the age of 45 years at 31 December in the year before taking up the award and must be a Fellow member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.


More information

Read about the costs, selection criteria, eligibility, and more.



ABC Travelling Fellowship history

Read about the history of the ABC Travelling Fellowships.


ABC Travelling Fellowship articles

Read articles from past AOA ABC Travelling Fellows.