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2019 Vattikuti Foundation Fellowship Announcement

16th Jan 2019

Vattikuti Foundation

Vattikuti Foundation Fellowship Program

Announcing the 2019-2020 Vattikuti Fellowships!

1.Vattikuti International Outcomes Research Fellowship in Urology (1)  (For the year 2020.) RE-OPENED APPLICATIONS NOW DUE APRIL 8, 2019!

Institution:  Clinical Outcomes Research Establishment (CORE), Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Duration: 1 year (Strictly for the duration of the Fellowship.)


Essential: M.Ch. (Urology) or any other equivalent urology specialty degree recognized by the Medical Council of India. Candidates with post training experience would be preferred. The candidate must provide the evidence of a high academic and research background. Preference would be given to a young faculty member/consultant working in a recognized institution and desirous of learning Big data base management, clinical and outcomes research in the field of urological cancers.

Emoluments: To match with the Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital Fellowship profile.

Desirable: High level of computing and database management skills, background in statistics and a track record of publications in high impact journals.

The Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Hospital Detroit.  The vacancy would only be filled if a suitable candidate were found.

2. Vattikuti Foundation Robotic Surgery Fellowships in India (A total of six Fellowships will be granted in all specialties combined).  APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED!


  • Uro-oncologic Surgery.
  • Gynecological-Oncologic Surgery.
  • Oncologic Surgery/ Colorectal Surgery
  • Robotic Kidney Transplantation Surgery

Qualifications: Recognized M.Ch. or equivalent super specialty qualification. Within 10 years of obtaining the degree.

Fellows will be assigned to one of the following accredited institutions. (Listed Alphabetically)

I. Apollo Hospital, Chennai- Colorectal Surgery

Fellowship Director: Venkatesh Munikrishnan

II. Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad- Robotic Gynecologic Oncology

           Fellowship Director: Dr. Rooma Sinha

III. Fortis Memorial Hospital, Gurugram- Gynecological Oncologic Surgery

            Fellowship Director: Dr. Rama Joshi

IV. Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai- Urologic Oncologic Surgery

            Fellowship Director: Dr. T.B. Yuvaraja

V. Manipal Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery, Bengaluru- Surgical Oncology

            Fellowship Director:  Dr. Somashekhar S.P.

VI. Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, New Delhi- Urologic Oncologic Surgery

            Fellowship Director: Dr. Gagan Gautam

VII. Medanta Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery, Gurugram– Urologic Oncologic Surgery or Robotic Kidney Transplantation

            Fellowship Director: Dr. Rajesh Ahlawat

VIII. Narayana Health System, Bengaluru- Surgical Oncology 

           Fellowship Director: Dr. Ashwini Kudari

IX. Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute- Urologic Oncologic Surgery

            Fellowship Director: Dr. Sudhir Rawal

Please note: Only Six Vattikuti Fellowships will be awarded among the accredited Partner Institutions.

Compensation for the Vattikuti Foundation one-year Fellowship program in India:

Stipend: 100,000 INR/PM: Fellows will receive partial monthly stipends of 90,000 INR, with the remaining balance (120,000 INR) being reserved to be paid upon successful completion of the Fellowship.

3. Vattikuti International Fellowship at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center- ATLAS Program, Buffalo, New York, USA.  Short Term Advanced Robotic Skills (2-week session, 2 available). APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED! Fellowship includes: Course fee waiver, Economy class travel, Accommodations and per diem allowance for the period of the Fellowship, including travel.       Fellowship Director: Dr. Khurshid Guru

4. Vattikuti Foundation Research Fellowships (TWO)- Duration one year. RE-OPENED APPLICATIONS NOW DUE APRIL 8, 2019!

This Fellowship has been introduced this year to encourage original thinking, collaborative spirit and innovation in surgical sciences. The Vattikuti Fellow could pursue research while working with any other collaborative institution. Preference would be given to the candidates with a project in collaboration with outside disciplines or sciences such as: Computer Science, Pure Sciences, or in frontline areas such as: Artificial Intelligence, Basic Sciences. The Fellow would be paid INR 100,000 in total as a seed money to initiate a new project and help pave the way for major extramural funding.

The candidate should apply with his/her full CV, Publications, and details of the proposed project.  In addition, the prospective Fellow must provide confirmation of consent from the collaborative resource person (sponsor) or institution. The Vattikuti Research Fellowship award would be subject to an Institutional Ethics Committee approval.

Additional Vattikuti Fellowship Benefits:

The Vattikuti Foundation would fund attendance to one national conference for each select Fellow during their tenure, depending on the quality of the Fellow’s presentation and significance of the Conference- as determined by the Fellowship Director.

In addition, the Vattikuti Foundation would provide funding for participation in select International Specialty Conferences among the six Indian Fellows. Awards would be competitively based upon the quality and acceptance of publications, posters or presentations; the kind of conference; and the Fellow’s standing in his or her Fellowship duties.  Not every Fellow may be granted international travel.

Fellowship applications must be e-mailed to: no later than Thursday, February 7, 2019.  Late or incomplete entries will be discarded.  Fellowships would commence from April 1st to April 15th, 2019.

Please do not contact or apply to the institutions or surgeons directly.

The Vattikuti Foundation will select the institution, based on the applicant’s needs.  Please note: This is a highly competitive program.  Applicants may apply for one (1) or two (2) Fellowships on their application, based on their qualifications.  If you do wish to be considered for more than one Fellowship, please list them in order of preference.  By applying, you certify that you are willing and able to relocate to any location within India (or U. S.) the Fellowship would be hosted at.  All international visas and health documents are the responsibility of the Fellow.

Entries must include:

1)        A cover letter explaining which Fellowship(s) the applicant wishes to be considered for as well as the reasons for applying.  Spelling and grammar count, one page minimum.  Make this a top priority! 

2)        A current CV/ Resume. Please include: PubMed listed publications; robotic surgery training certificates (if any); awards in Medicine (Gold, 1st, 2nd...). Do not include things like sports or drama awards.

3)        Accurate personal information: FULL NAME, current address; e-mail address; telephone, current job title and institution; hometown information.  A photo is appreciated.

4)        Letters of recommendation from your professors, colleagues and department head (one minimum, more welcome).

5)        Affidavit from your current Institution providing you with confirmation of release from your duties within 30-days, should you be selected as a Vattikuti Fellow.

Your e-mail does not serve as a cover letter.  All entry documents must be clearly identified at the top with the applicant's full name and email.  Early entries are encouraged, due to the volume of applications expected.  All Awards, Publications and achievements count!  Make your application the best it can be!  NOTE: Plagiarized applications will be rejected; HOD’s, current Institution officials will be notified!

The Vattikuti Foundation will offer- and selected Fellows must agree to- a Monthly Stipend of .9 Lakh/month, payable for the year-long Fellowship through the Sponsor Institution's regular payroll department.  Please keep in mind: the knowledge and experience gained by working as a Vattikuti Fellow is priceless!  Applicants must be prepared to join Fellowships within 30-days of notice of selection.  Actual starting date will be coordinated with the Foundation, Sponsor Institution & Fellowship Director (April 1-15, 2019).  Housing may be arranged through some Sponsor Institutions, but is not covered by the Vattikuti Foundation- this is the Fellows' responsibility, as would be moving expenses.  The Foundation may award 120,000 INR to the six Indian Fellows upon satisfactory completion of their one-year Fellowships.

Vattikuti Foundation, Mentor Surgeons, and Sponsor Institution representatives will participate in the judging.             Updates may be posted on:

Deadline: All applications must be e-mailed to: no later than THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019.

About the Vattikuti Foundation Fellowships:

The Vattikuti Foundation (VF) is a charitable organization established by Raj and Padma Vattikuti to advance the treatment of Cancers. The Foundation’s flagship institute, the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital, under Founding Director Dr. Mani Menon has been recognized as the pioneering institution of robotic surgery. Since its establishment, the Vattikuti Foundation has consistently invested significant resources in advancing the cause of computer-assisted surgery. The VF has played a crucial role in establishing robotic surgery in India. Its mission involves high quality training of surgeons through its supported network of institutions in India, United States, Europe and United Kingdom.  Global collaborative initiatives have been established to develop surgical innovations.  Another Vattikuti Foundation accomplishment has been to maintain high quality robotic procedure patient outcomes data from multiple global partners to support scientific journal research.

The objective of the Vattikuti Foundation Fellowship Program is to create highly trained Indian surgeons in the field of robotic surgery by providing these one-year Fellowships.  The intent is that when the Fellowships conclude, our Fellows will be proficient in the management of cancers in his or her specialty, including robotic surgery.  Another aspect of these Fellowships is to advance the academic research abilities of our Fellows.  Besides intensive specialty-specific training, programs include: participation in the Vattikuti Collective Quality Initiative robotic surgery database program (VCQI); plus attendance at Robotic Surgeons Council of India meetings.  

Best Regards,

Dr. Mahendra Bhandari

CEO, Vattikuti Foundation

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