Applications for 2020 closed on 31 December 2019

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.

  • 20 observership places
  • 40 host centres to choose
  • 2 weeks placement in your centre of choice
  • Structured online application and assessment
  • International experience in world’s famous centres for colon and rectal surgery

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


  • The deadline for applications for 2020 was 31 December 2019.
  • Please contact the ESCP Fellowship Programme Manager if you have any questions about your application.
  • 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

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