Malcolm Coptcoat Travelling Fellowship

Following the incorporation of The Malcolm Coptcoat Trust into The Urology Foundation, we are pleased to announce the creation of The Malcolm Coptcoat Travelling Fellowship. The Fellowship aims to enhance training, education, knowledge transfer and collaboration, thereby developing and supporting outstanding surgical leaders in their field. It is a fitting memory to Malcolm Coptcoat, a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery and who was committed to advancing surgical technology and innovation in urology.

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What it involves

The annual Fellowship supports travel to international centres of excellence for a period of four to six weeks to enable candidates to gain invaluable experience and skills in urology care and best practice. Successful candidates will act as Ambassadors promoting best practice and sharing knowledge amongst their team, hospital and wider urology community.

Criteria & Eligibility

An annual travelling fellowship of up to £5,000 is open to Members of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) who meet the other requirements of the award:

  • 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
  • Fellows or Members who have completed surgical training within five years from the date of application

Use of the Award

The award is intended to cover expenses for travel abroad, to one or two centres, for a period of four to six weeks, in pursuit of further study, research or clinical training relevant to the applicant’s current interests.  Salary is not included.


Application guidelines

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 their 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. More details about the next application process will be available on the website in due course.

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

A funding decision will be 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