David Thompson Fellowship

We are pleased to announce the creation of The David Thompson Fellowship in 2023. The Fellowship aims to enhance urological training, education, knowledge transfer and collaboration, thereby developing and supporting outstanding surgical leaders in their field.

David Thompson

About the Fellowship

The Fellowship will support attending a centre or centres of excellence for up to one year to enable candidates to gain invaluable experience and skills in urology care and best practice, and to make contributions to research in their area of specialty. Successful candidates will act as Ambassadors promoting best practice and sharing knowledge amongst their own team, hospital and wider urology community.

The Fellowship will reopen for entries in mid 2024.

Criteria & Eligibility

An annual fellowship of up to £35,000 is open to trainees or early years consultants living and working in the UK or Republic of Ireland (ROI) who meet the following requirements:

  • Specialist Urology Registrars, who, at the date of application, are at an advanced stage of urological training (eg ST4 and above)
  • Academic Clinical Fellows, who are at an advanced stage of urological training
  • Completed surgical training within five years from the date of application

Fellows must demonstrate their intention to return to work in the UK or ROI.

Use of the Award

The award is intended to cover expenses for travel abroad, to one or two centres, for a period of up to one year, in pursuit of further study, research or clinical training relevant to the applicant’s current interests. To include relocation/living costs and contribution towards research and publication costs. Salary is not included. Fellows must demonstrate their intention to return to work in the UK or ROI.


Application guidelines

CLICK HERE for application form.

Submit an application form with the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of current interests, including career objectives
  • Detailed proposal as to how the time abroad will be spent, and where
  • Detailed analysis of likely costs of period abroad, and statement of need for funding
  • Names and contact details of two referees
  • Supporting statement(s) from the proposed host centre(s)
  • The candidate should confirm that his/her employing authority will grant study leave if the application is successful

Application process

Submission deadline

Candidates must submit their proposals and ensure that all declarations and approvals have been completed by the relevant parties.

Applications will first be checked for eligibility, after which they will be subject to peer review by The Urology Foundation’s Scientific & Education Committee (SEC) and external parties. NB: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, the date of which will have been notified in advance.

Funding decision

Funding decisions are made in time to allow the successful candidate to make their preparations.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email and feedback will be provided.

All awards will be made in accordance with The Urology Foundation’s standard grant terms and conditions.

Reporting process

At the end of the Fellowship, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Provide a full report on completion of their Fellowship
  • Present a report of the Fellowship at an appropriate BAUS educational meeting
  • Acknowledge the support of The Urology Foundation in any publication arising as a result of the Fellowship
  • Supply The Urology Foundation with copies of the above papers at the time of publication