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What are fellowships?

Fellowships are undertaken by trained anaesthesia providers who want to develop their careers by specialising or sub-specialising. The WFSA offers its Fellowships to anaesthesiologist from low and middle-income countries to increase their skillset and become leaders for anaesthesia once they return to their home countries.

To reduce the mortality rates of preventable deaths related to unsafe anaesthesia and surgical practices, there is an urgent need to meet the downfall of skilled anaesthesia providers in lower-income countries. WFSA’s Global Fellowship Programme provides low-cost, high-quality training to anaesthesiologists across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Since its inception in 1996, our flagship programme has provided over 400 fellows from 62 countries the opportunity to be mentored across 8 anaesthesia specialities and sub-specialities.

As highlighted by returning Fellows, the WFSA fellowships have a lasting impact both on the skills and professional development of the individuals but also their colleagues and patients back home. Find out more about this impact from Fellowship testimonies.

Fellowship applications

Fellowships open to applications on a rolling case by case basis.

Click here for fellowships currently open for applications.

A suitable applicant should fit the following criteria:

  • Must be a qualified physician and fully trained in anaesthesia as per the regulations of your home country.
  • Must be supported in their application by their own National Society of Anaesthesia
  • Must be supported in their application by Chief of their home department of anaesthesia
  • Must be returning to home country to a recognized post
  • Must be under 40 years of age
  • Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital
  • The fellowships are intended mainly for young anaesthesiologists from the geographical region near where the training is based.

Support fund a fellow 

The fellowship programme is part-funded by generous individual donations through the Fund a Fellowship scheme. Find out more about how you can Fund a Fellow and strengthen global anaesthesia worldwide.


CountrySpecialtyHospital/ City (Click link for Fellowship info)Programme HeadPositions/yrDuration
IndiaIntensive Care MedicineChristian Medical College, VelloreDr Subramani Kandasamy21 year
IndiaPaediatric Anaesthesia (supported by SPANZA)Christian Medical College, VelloreDr Ekta Rai26 months
IndiaRegional AnaesthesiaGanga Medical Centre and Hospital, CoimbatoreDr Balavenkat Subramanian46 months
IndiaPain ManagementVirinchi Hospitals, HyderabadDr Muralidhar Joshi26 months
IndiaPaediatric AnaesthesiaChildren’s Anaesthesia Services, MumbaiDr Vrushali Ponde16 months
IndiaCardiac AnaesthesiaNarayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Bangalore Dr Muralidhar Kanchi21 year
IndiaThoracic AnaesthesiaSir Ganga Ram Hospital, New DelhiProf Jayashree Sood26 months
ThailandGeneral AnaesthesiaSiriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, BangkokAssociate Professor Orawan Pongraweewan41 year
ThailandPain Management (supported by IASP)Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol UniversityAsst. Prof Nantthasorn Zinboonyahgoon21 year
CountrySpecialtyHospital/ City (Click link for Fellowship info)Programme HeadPositions/yrDuration
GhanaRegional Anaesthesia Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital KumasiDr Antwi-Kusi1 – 23 months
KenyaPaediatric Anaesthesia (supported by ImPACT Africa, and SPA )University of Nairobi, NairobiDr Mark Gacii1-312 months
MoroccoObstetric AnaesthesiaMother and Child Hospital, Mohammed VI University Hospital, MarrakeshDr Ahmed El Adib26 months
MoroccoPaediatric AnaesthesiaMother and Child Hospital, Mohammed VI University Hospital, MarakeshDr Yousaf Mouaffak26 months
NigeriaObstetric AnaesthesiaAhmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria/Port HarcourtDr Elizbeth Ogboli-Nwasor26 months
CountrySpecialtyHospital/ City (Click link for Fellowship info)Programme HeadPositions/yrDuration
ArgentinaPain Management (supported by CLASA)Centro de Atencion Integral del Dolor, Buenos AiresDr Erica Bernich22 months
BrazilPain Management (supported by CLASA)Universidad Estatal de Sao Paulo, BotucatuDr Guilherme Moreira de Barros1 – 22 months
BrazilRegional Anaesthesia (supported by CLASA)Hospital Jose Frotta, Fortaleza Dr Danielle Dumaresq22 months
ChilePaediatric AnaesthesiaThe Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, SantiagoDr Silvana Cavallieri26 months
ColombiaObstetric Anaesthesia (supported by Colombian Society, SCARE)Clinica Universitaria Bolivariana, MedellinDr Mauricio Vasco1 – 23 months
MexicoPaediatric AnaesthesiaHospital Infantil de Mexico Federico GomezDr Victor Edmundo Fuentes Garcia23 months
CountrySpecialtyHospital/ City (Click link for Fellowship info)Programme HeadPositions/yrDuration
USAResearch FellowshipOhio State University, Wexner Medical CentreDr Sergio Bergese21 year
USAResearch FellowshipUCSF and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH)Dr Maytinee Lilaonitkul 1 year
CountrySpecialtyHospital/ City (Click link for Fellowship info)Programme HeadPositions/yrDuration
SerbiaPaediatric AnaesthesiaUniversity Children’s Hospital, and Institute for Health Protection of Mother and Child of Serbia, BelgradeDr Dusica Simic23 months