TCH/SICOT Research Fellowship Programme (closed)

Funded by SICOT & Texas Children's Hospital, United States


The Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) is the largest and fastest growing children's hospital in the United States. TCH is nationally ranked number 4 among children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The state-of-the-art facilities provide primary, secondary and tertiary care for a diverse population of chronically and acutely ill children. TCH collaborates with the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) to support a comprehensive pediatric medical education and research programme.

TCH has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women's health. The hospital includes the Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, a full service community hospital with a neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017, the Feigin Center for paediatric research, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, and Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births. 

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Scoliosis at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH) has two designated research fellowship one of which collaborates with the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT), to offer one US or internationally trained orthopaedic surgeon a 12-month joint fellowship in orthopaedics.

The fellowship program is an opportunity to work side-by-side with TCH paediatric orthopaedic surgeons, physicians and researchers. Fellows will expand their knowledge and exposure to the field of paediatric orthopaedics and become involved in high-quality clinical and/or basic research projects. 

The research fellow is guided through the research process from the development of a hypothesis to data collection, manuscript writing, and presentation at national and international orthopaedic conferences. The fellow has the opportunity to work independently on projects of special interest to him/her or on one of the current institutionally approved studies and is encouraged to interact and collaborate with the department’s diversified faculty (each with his/her own area of special interest and expertise). Topics of focus include spine disorders, sports injuries, cerebral palsy, musculoskeletal tumours, foot/ankle disorders, hip disorders, limb deficiency, and thoracic insufficiency.


The offer:

  • a 12-month clinical and/or basic science research fellowship in orthopaedics, with a certificate verifying participation in, and completion of the programme.
    Fellowship Period: July through June

  • Salary: (USD 56,000 for 12 months). Benefits include low cost health insurance (medical, prescription, dental, and vision), accrued vacation, and flexible spending account (eligible healthcare and childcare expenses can be paid by the fellow with pre-tax dollars).

  • Applicants must meet minimum standards which include:
    a) fluency in English and a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL or 6.0 on the IELTS exam taken within the last two years for international candidates;
    b) graduated from medical school and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency programme;
    c) have an interest in pediatric orthopedics with vision/goal to resume to home country as a leader in the field;
    d) complete application with a cover letter and 3 letters of recommendation by defined deadlines (see below);
    e) must be a SICOT member with membership dues paid two years in a row at the time of the application (the year of the application and the year before);
    f) have at least 4 years of professional experience.
    Other Criteria:
    a) Strong preference will be given to applicants with prior or current SICOT meeting attendance.

  • Economy flights to Texas from the fellow's country covered by SICOT up to EUR 1000. 


Fellow responsibilities if accepted:

  • Successfully complete clinical and/or basic research projects during the 12-month period and submit for peer reviewed presentation and/or publication (preferably in International Orthopaedics Journal).

  • Write a report about the fellowship for the SICOT Newsletter.

  • Successful on time visa application/completion once accepted before starting fellowship.

  • The applicants will need to arrange to get a J1 visa with the TCH/BCM (if applicable).

  • Medical check-up (including blood tests) before travel.

  • All visiting international observers/fellows interested in coming to Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, must contact the Department of their intended visit dates, and provide all supporting documentation a minimum of 60 days in advance


Application opens 1 December. 

Deadline1 March 


To apply, go to the BCM jobs website at:

For additional information about the fellowship programme, email: [email protected]

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.