The British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) offers financial support to its members through a series of Awards and Bursaries. To achieve equal access, Awards are dedicated to applicants in specific categories; senior members (consultants and SAS doctors), doctors in training, paramedics or GP Hysteroscopists. All have conditions for application.
The current awards available for 2016 are:
BSGE Paramedic and GP Hysteroscopist Travelling Fellowship
BSGE Alan Gordon Travelling Fellowship
BSGE Trainee Travelling Fellowship
Bursaries are awarded annually to support education in Gynaecological Endoscopy. The Bursaries are open to individuals who meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Doctor, nurse or paramedic currently employed in the UK
• A current member of the BSGE
• Remain a member of the BSGE for duration of Bursary
• Funding to support up to 50% of the education costs can be awarded to successful applicants.
Successful applicants will receive up to 50% of the education costs for one year of the course being studied. Funding must be applied for prospectively, but the money will only will be released to the applicant retrospectively following successful completion of the module or course work in the year of allocation. Although applications for a bursary will be considered prior to acceptance onto the chosen course, the bursary will only be paid if the application is successful. If the applicant is unsuccessful the award will expire.
Repeat applications can be made for successive years if the applicant has successfully passed all course components in the previous academic year. The applicant must make clear what is being undertaken within the year of application, as some courses vary in the number of modules, or components, which can be completed within one year.
The award will be to fund education for the subsequent academic year, it is expected that the applicant will complete the proposed number of modules within the academic year. If the expected work is not completed without good reason then future applications are unlikely to be successful.
Applicants must only apply for funding for education that can be completed within the academic year. Application for funding for more than can be completed within one year will be considered an issue of probity and may reduce the chance of success in any further applications.
The applicant must complete the educational activity for which the bursary was awarded within the academic year of the award. All modules must be passed or funding will be forfeit, and the bursary will end. Applicants must submit a quarterly update of progress to the BSGE secretariat, so their funding case file can be updated.
Payment will be reimbursed to the candidate on receipt of copy invoice from the course organiser along with proof of successful completion of course module/content or dissertation. These details should be sent to the BSGE Secretariat.
There may be reasons to prevent course/module completion, such as illness, maternity leave or for compassionate reasons. If the successful applicant is unable to complete the expected course work, they must inform the chairman of the awards committee, via the BSGE Secretariat, and a decision will be made about whether or not to carry the award over to the next year.
Mr Kirana Arambage
BSGE Awards Committee
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