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SRS: Scoliosis Research Society

Scoliosis Research Society

Dedicated to the optimal care of patients with spinal deformity

Awards, Fellowships & Scholarships

List of Volunteer Hosts 2017-2018
List of Volunteer Hosts 2016-2017

A Guide to Scholarship and Fellowship Awards

In general, scholarships are awards to help the winner attend an annual meeting (IMAST or Annual Meeting - see each award for details). Traveling fellowships award funds to practicing surgeons to visit spinal deformity centers. Criteria for qualification are listed below each award description.


Traveling Scholarships and Awards

For SRS Candidate and Active Members 45 years old or younger:

SRS Traveling Fellowship

SRS will not open applications for a 2022 traveling fellow team due to the pandemic.

This annual traveling fellowship sponsors three SRS fellows to visit spinal deformity centers in the different regions. The award alternates between North American fellows (US, Canada, and Mexico) which visit centers in Europe/Asia and international fellows which visit deformity centers in North America. Both trips last 2-3 weeks and end at the Annual Meeting if possible. Free Annual Meeting Registration is included in the award.
International Fellows: Application due in late fall of odd years for travel in even years.
North American Fellows: Application due in late fall of even years for travel in odd years.

Who is Eligible:

  • SRS Active and Candidate Members in good standing
  • Must be under 45 years old at the time of application (by October 1, 2020)
  • Members residing inside North America are encouraged to apply this year

Click here to apply - Application will open August 1 and close October 1, 2020.

Past SRS Traveling Fellows

For SRS candidate members 45 years old or younger

Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship

This clinical fellowship provides up to $2,000 to visit a designated spine deformity center in North America for 2-3 days to enhance education and skills. The host site must include an Active Member of the SRS. The recipient will help select the site to be visited.

Who is Eligible:

  • Applicant must be a Candidate or Active member of the SRS, under the age of 45 and reside in North America.

Click here to apply - Application will open January 1 and close March 1.

Past Edgar G. Dawson winners

Eduardo R. Luque Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is a designated stipend of $2,500 to be used to attend the SRS Annual Meeting, IMAST or participate in a two-week fellowship. The recipient may help decide which option to use the stipend towards.

Who is Eligible:

  • Applicant must reside in Mexico, Central or South America, or the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Applicant must be 45 years old or younger at the time of application.
  • Must have completed a residency in orthopedics or neurosurgery
  • Additional consideration given to applicants who have completed a fellowship pertaining to spinal deformities.

Click here to apply with the common application - Application will open January 1 and close March 1.

Past Eduardo R. Luque Scholarship Winners

For International surgeons not residing in North America

Robert B. Winter Global Outreach Fellowship

This 4-6 week spine fellowship is for highly-motivated spine surgeons who are currently in clinical practice in any financially-challenged under-served area worldwide, and who are in a position which will enable them to disseminate knowledge acquired during the fellowship to others in their home country upon their return. The candidate will have the choice to indicate his/her preference for the host site from a provided list of approved centers. It is imperative that the fellow be from a site that has the ability to perform complex spine surgery after completion of the fellowship. The SRS host may also visit the Winter fellow's home site to follow-up on skills and knowledge learned.

  • Four-to-six-week fellowship at a recognized global spine center which is staffed with SRS Active fellows.
  • Financial assistance approximating $12,000 to fund travel and lodging expenses.
  • Final report of the learning experience to be sent to the Scholarship and Awards Committee within two months of finishing the visiting fellowship.

Who Is Eligible:

  • An active spine surgeon in a developing country or in a financially-challenged under-served area who has completed all local required training.
  • Ability to implement learned modern spinal deformity surgery in country of origin
  • Have a substantial need for financial assistance in order to attend.
  • Candidates DO NOT have to be SRS members, but are required to provide a recommendation letter from an SRS member.

Click here to apply with the common application - Application will open January 1 and close March 1.

Past Robert B. Winter Fellowship Recipients

Global Outreach Program (GOP) Visiting Fellowship

This fellowship awards an individual from a developing nation a three to four week fellowship with a volunteer SRS Active member. The recipient will visit a single institution and be involved in observing clinical care and spinal deformity surgeries. The successful candidate may help select the site. Recipients will be reimbursed up to $6,000 for travel and lodging.

Who Is Eligible:

  • Candidates 45 years old or younger.
  • Candidates must be practicing spinal surgeons with a minimum of two years of independent spine surgery experience from developing countries involved in the treatment of spinal deformities.
  • Candidates DO NOT have to be SRS members, but are required to provide a recommendation letter from an SRS member.

Click here to apply with the common application - Application will open January 1 and close March 1.

Past Global Outreach Fellowship Winners

For Residents or Fellows

Global Outreach Program (GOP) Educational Scholarship

SRS will not be offering the GOP Scholarship in 2022. We look forward to being able to offer it again in 2023.

Past GOP Educational Scholarship Recipients

SRS North American Meeting Scholarship for Residents and Fellows

The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) is seeking orthopaedic/neurosurgery residents and pediatric/spine fellows, with a strong interest in pursuing pediatric spinal deformity to apply for a meeting scholarship that can used at either the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) or the Annual Meeting. Individuals that can obtain institutional funding or funding from their training program for the meeting should not apply. Educational scholarship recipients will be expected to attend all scientific portions of the meeting, respond to all SRS communications in a timely manner and to submit a one-page report within 60 days of returning home.

Who is Eligible:

  • An orthopaedic or neurosurgery resident in the last two years of residency or a fellow in a pediatric orthopaedic or spine fellowship with a strong interest in pediatric deformity. 
  • All candidates should be from North America.
  • Have a substantial need for financial assistance in order to attend.
  • Have not received an Educational Scholarship to attend within the last two (2) years.
  • Directly involved in research or care of individuals with spinal deformities.
  • Candidates are not required to be SRS members.

Click here to apply with the common application - Application will open January 1 and close March 1.

Past OrthoPediatrics Scholarship Winners


Member Recognition Awards

SRS Lifetime Achievement Award

The SRS Lifetime Achievement Award will honor an SRS member for distinguished service to the Society as well as significant contributions to spinal deformity care. A plaque will be awarded and the recipient’s name announced at the Annual Meeting. The recipient will also be asked to sit with the SRS Historian for a 30-minute interview. Winners will receive hotel accommodations and coach airfare. Airfare for spouses/accompanying persons will not be reimbursed. Registration fees for the meeting and Pre-Meeting Course shall be waived for the recipient and a guest.

Who is Eligible:

  • All SRS members are eligible to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Special consideration will be given to senior members.

Click Here to Make a Nomination - Nominations will open January 1 and close March 1.

Please email letters of support to membership@srs.org.

Past Lifetime Achievement Winners

Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award

The Blount Award is a humanitarian award given to an individual who has provided outstanding service for those with spinal deformities, through their generous actions out of a sense of service to larger social and professional goals. Nominations are sought from the Fellows each year. A plaque will be awarded and the recipient's name announced at the SRS Annual Meeting. The SRS Meeting registration fee will be waived for the receipt and a guest.

Who is Eligible:

  • SRS Active or Candidate Members

Click Here to Make a Nomination - Nominations will open January 1 and close March 1.

Please email letters of support to membership@srs.org.

Past Walter Blount Award Winners


SRS Paper and Poster Awards

Russell A. Hibbs Awards

The Russell A. Hibbs awards are given to both the best basic science and clinical papers presented at the SRS Annual Meeting. The top five abstracts of both categories are invited to submit their manuscripts for consideration.

Past Russell A. Hibbs Awards Winners

Thomas E. Whitecloud Awards

The Whitecloud awards are given to both the best basic science and clinical papers presented at the IMAST meeting.

Past Thomas E. Whitecloud Awards Winners

John H. Moe Award

The Moe award is given to the best basic science poster or e-poster at the SRS Annual Meeting.

Past John H. Moe Award Winners

Louis A. Goldstein Award

The Goldstein award is given to the best clinical poster or e-poster at the SRS Annual Meeting.

Past Louis A. Goldstein Award Winners