Fellowships last twelve months (in exceptional cases this can be limited to six months, if sufficient justification is provided in the application). The application must be submitted by the deadline set for the year requested.
An AO Research Institute Davos fellow will be assigned to a project based on the applicant's indication of his/her areas of interest from among the AO Research Institute Davos Focus Areas (in order of preference), as stated in the cover letter and application form.
In addition, applicants must indicate which AO specialty they would like to be placed in contact with during the fellowship in their cover letter: AO Trauma, AO Spine, AO CMF, or AO VET.
Application review process
The application will be reviewed within AO Research Institute Davos and after a decision has been made (as outlined in the request guidelines), a letter informing the applicant of this decision will be sent. Successful applications will require a contract to be signed. The allowance to start will be dependent upon successful application for a work visa within Switzerland. A stipend for one person, covering living costs in Davos, will be provided. The stipend is not enough to provide for anyone else (eg, partner/children). You will not be able to bring your family to Davos during your fellowship, unless your visitors stay in a separate hotel or apartment. Our agreements with the tenants for single rooms are only for single use, and pets are not permitted. No support is offered to help applicants find accommodation for relatives. No support for visa applications for relatives, or for pet-related travel permits, is provided.
We encourage self-financed fellowship applications (from people who have been able to secure funding from their hospitals, national societies, education foundations, government grants, etc).