The ESCP Fellowship Programme is an integral, highly appreciated and renowned part of the educational and training activities of the society. We are pleased to report that 50 young members have visited 26 host centres in 12 countries over the last 5 years.

The Fellowship Programme has been reinvented for 2018, all applications for ESCP Fellowships can now be made via the new online application forms!

Expectations vary among the applicants, but there is also great variance in what the host centres can offer, in part due to national regulations. There has been increasing popularity of ESCP’s Fellowship/Observership programme over the past several years and ESCP has successfully managed to deliver these training opportunities despite regional variations in licensing and work restrictions. ESCP continue to support trainees to observe, learn and implement variations in clinical practises in coloproctology.

We would like to thank all host centres for their ongoing support for this programme.

With kind regards

Klaus MatzelMuhammed Imran AslamVanessa Wise

Left to right: Professor Klaus Matzel (Education Committee Chair), Mr Muhammad Imran Aslam (Fellowship Programme Chair), Ms Vanessa Wise (Fellowship Manager)


Available Opportunities for 2018/2019

The following fellowship opportunities are offered by the society:

Applications for ESCP’s Observerships/Fellowships/Pre-Congress Placements, and JSCP/KSCP Travelling Fellowships are now open!


Pre-Congress Placements

2-day pre-congress placements based in training centres in the country hosting ESCP's Annual Congress are available.

Applications for 2018 in France are now invited here >


ESCP Robotic Fellowship

Not open for applications - please stay tuned!

The European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) Robotic Fellowship has the aim of providing training in robotic colorectal surgery to colorectal surgeons with previous experience either in open or laparoscopic approach. At the end of this fellowship the fellow should be able to perform standard procedures in robotic colorectal surgery for benign or malignant disease such as rectopexy, sigmoidectomy, right colectomy with/without intracorporeal anastomosis or low anterior resection. Different aspects of the theoretical background of robotic surgery, selection criteria for the patient, diagnostic studies prior to the surgical procedure or postoperative follow-up are also part of this training.Intuitive Surgical logo

Supported by a Fellowship Grant from Intuitive Surgical

Eligibility criteria

  • Be a fully paid member of ESCP (i.e. full, affiliate etc.) for a minimum of 12 months.
  • The fellow must be a surgeon with license to practice colorectal surgery in the host centre – ESCP will facilitate in securing the licence. But it is the responsibility of candidates to check for licensing and work permission requirements.
  • Basic training in robotic surgery will also be highly appreciated.
  • It is helpful if the fellow speaks the native language of the host hospital (fluent English might be accepted by most of the host centres).

Robotic host centres

  • Dr Marcos Gomez Ruiz: Valdecilla University Hospital, Santander, Spain
  • Dr Paolo Pietro Bianchi: Presidio Ospedaliero della Misericordia, Grosseto, Italy
  • Dr George van der Schelling: Amphia Ziekenhuis, Breda, The Netherlands
  • Mr Jim Khan: Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK

Application deadline and how to apply

This Fellowship is not open for applications - please stay tuned!

Please note: Applicants may have to go through a formal interview process. Afterwards, we will be asking you to prepare a video clip and a written report for the ESCP website to provide an account of your Fellowship experience. You will also be given the opportunity to make a short presentation of your experience at the next ESCP annual meeting if you wish to do so.


ESCP-funded Observerships

The aim of the observerships is to assist European surgeons, currently training in coloproctology, to undertake a visit to a centre out with their home country in Europe. ESCP has announced the following observership opportunities for the 2018–2019 period:

  • 8 x two week observerships
  • 8 x four week observerships

Eligibility criteria

Successful applicants will be people who demonstrate potential for achieving a leadership position in colon and rectal surgery or proctology, and fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be a fully paid member of ESCP (i.e. full, affiliate etc.) for a minimum of 12 months
  • Have training in general surgery for a minimum of 3 years
  • Are senior trainees or consultants at an early stage of their career
  • Have a manifested interest in coloproctology (evidenced by practice, teaching, research or publications)
  • Can clearly define the benefit to be gained from this experience

Application deadline and how to apply

  • The deadline for applications Friday 10 August. Please contact the ESCP Fellowship Programme Manager if you have any questions about your application.
  • Candidates should complete their online application here
  • Please note: Applicants may have to go through a formal interview process. Afterwards, we will be asking you to prepare a video clip and a written report for the ESCP website to provide an account of your Fellowship experience. You will also be given the opportunity to make a short presentation of your experience at the next ESCP annual meeting if you wish to do so.

Host units


ESCP Fellowships

The aim of the fellowships is to assist European surgeons, currently training in coloproctology, to undertake a visit to a centre out with their home country in Europe. ESCP has announced the following fellowship opportunities for the 2018–2019 period:

  • 1 x three-month fellowship on Functional Disorders
  • 1 x six-month fellowshipMedtronic: Further, Together

One fellowship will be supported by a grant from Medtronic.

Eligibility criteria

Successful applicants will be people who demonstrate potential for achieving a leadership position in colon and rectal surgery or proctology, and fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be a fully paid member of ESCP (i.e. full, affiliate etc.) for a minimum of 12 months
  • Have training in general surgery for a minimum of 5 years
  • Are senior trainees or consultants at an early stage of their career
  • Have a manifested interest in coloproctology (evidenced by practice, teaching, research or publications)
  • Can clearly define the benefit to be gained from this experience

Application deadline and how to apply

Host units

View the host units taking part by downloading the files below:

Reports of previous fellows


Japan Society of Coloproctology (JSCP) Travelling Fellowship

ESCP has been collaborating with JSCP on a reciprocal basis since 2008 and it is with pleasure that we will welcome a JSCP fellow to our Annual Meeting every year.

In return, ESCP again had the pleasure in announcing this excellent opportunity for an ESCP member to be awarded a JSCP fellowship, kindly initiated and organised by the International Committee of the Japan Society of Coloproctology.

Date: November
Location: Japan
Duration: 1-2 weeks
In conjunction with: JSCP Meeting in Japan

Eligibility criteria

Dr Takashi Akiyoshi extended an invitation for applications for this fellowship to Japan from those who fulfil the following criteria:

  • Current, fully paid member of ESCP (i.e. full, trainee etc.) for a minimum of 12 months
  • Are senior coloproctology trainees or consultants within 5 years of appointment
  • Have a manifested interest in coloproctology

Application deadline and how to apply

  • The deadline for applications Friday 10 August. Please contact the ESCP Fellowship Programme Manager if you have any questions about your application.
  • Candidates should complete their online application here
  • Please note: Afterwards, we will be asking you to prepare a video clip and a written report for the ESCP website to provide an account of your Fellowship experience. You will also be given the opportunity to make a short presentation of your experience at the next ESCP annual meeting if you wish to do so.

Successful applicant

The successful applicant will be asked to present a 10-15-minute paper at the annual JSCP meeting in Japan (an abstract for which will be required in advance). The grant available for this fellowship from the JSCP will be sufficient to cover a return economy air fare, registration for the JSCP Meeting, and accommodation for visits to centres before/after the meeting.

Reports of previous fellows


Korean Society of Coloproctology (KSCP) Travelling Fellowship

ESCP once again had the honour of announcing the acceptance of applications for this exciting opportunity for an ESCP member to be awarded a KSCP travelling fellowship, kindly offered by Professor Jung Gu Kang, President of the Korean Society of Coloproctology (KSCP).

Date: September
Location: Korea
Duration: to be confirmed
In conjunction with: The International Colorectal Research Summit, Korea

Eligibility criteria

Dr Ji-Yeon Kim, Chairman of the International Committee for KSCP, graciously invited applications for this travelling fellowship to Korea from those who fulfilled the following criteria:

  • Current, fully paid member of ESCP (i.e. full, trainee etc.) for a minimum of 12 months
  • Are senior coloproctology trainees or consultants within 5 years of appointment
  • Have a manifested interest in coloproctology

Application deadline and how to apply

  • The deadline for applications Wednesday 25 July. Please contact the ESCP Fellowship Programme Manager if you have any questions about your application.
  • Candidates should complete their online application here
  • Please note: Afterwards, we will be asking you to prepare a video clip and a written report for the ESCP website to provide an account of your Fellowship experience. You will also be given the opportunity to make a short presentation of your experience at the next ESCP annual meeting if you wish to do so.

Successful applicant

The successful applicant will be asked to present a paper at the International Colorectal Research Summit (ICRS) 2018 meeting hosted by KSCP.

The generous grant available for this travelling fellowship from the KSCP will cover up to €3,000 for return economy air fare, registration for the KSCP Research Summit and accommodation for visits to several hospitals in the Seoul area.

Reports of previous fellows

ESCP Affiliates