Ungethüm Aesculap Scholarship

The B. Braun Foundation invites applications for the Ungethüm-Aesculap Scholarship for the Advancement of Surgery and Medical Technology for international surgeons

The Ungethüm-Aesculap Scholarship for the Advancement of Surgery and Medical Technology (UAS) is an international scholarship for doctors of surgery who want to work on medical technology topics in science and practice. Up to 25,000 euros are distributed per scholarship.

The scholarship was previously sponsored by the Ungethüm-Aesculap Foundation, which was merged into the B. Braun Foundation in 2022. Since 2003, namesake and founder Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Ungethüm (1943 - 2022) has been able to use his scholarship to enable international surgeons interested in medical technology in surgical practice to become acquainted with German surgical procedures. At Professor Ungethüm's request, the scholarship was integrated into the B. Braun Foundation, of which he was Chairman of the Board for many years.

Surgeons from Africa, Asia, and Latin America are being sought. They will have the opportunity to visit German universities to conduct research on medical technology topics - if possible in cooperation with engineering faculties. The goal is to strengthen medical technology and promote international surgical-scientific exchange.

Our cooperation partners for the UAS are university hospitals as well as scientific societies of the

  • General Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery / Orthopedics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Thorax Surgery


Up to 25,000 euros will be awarded per scholarship. The submission period for all applications is from March 01 to April 30 and September 01 to October 31 each year.

Detailed information on the call for proposals can be found on this page. 

Please submit your application documents online only at http://www.editorialmanager.com/bbst/.

Award guidelines

The prerequisite is that the measure is related to medical technology, has a benefit for professional practice and is certified.

The scholarship offer is directed to foreign surgeons with 2-3 years of professional experience in clinical research in the following specialties:

  • General Surgery
  • Trauma surgery/orthopedics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery


The applicants are basically qualified to:

  • To carry out scientific activities independently
  • to perform surgical activities independently
  • to assume leadership responsibility
  • To communicate appropriately in the host country

Funding is provided for additional financing for the scholarship holder's stay in the host country Germany.

Funding is available for the following costs:

  • Living expenses, accommodation
  • Contribution to material costs, publication costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Taxes and insurances

The application must include the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Program and expected outcome of the intended action
  • Reference of the employer
  • Reference of the cooperation partner
  • Cost and financing plan

All applications are reviewed by experts. The reviewers base their evaluation on the criteria developed by the B. Braun Foundation:

  • The B. Braun Foundation supports measures for further education and training in which a clear benefit for professional practice is recognizable and which are concluded with a certificate.
  • The motivation for the choice of the respective job shadowing and how the goals of professional development correspond to the contents of the measure must be evident in the application.
  • A coherent and comprehensible cost plan as a basis for implementing the intended measure.

A decision on an application must be expected by July (for submissions with a deadline of 30.04.) or December (for submissions with a deadline of 31.10.) of the year at the latest.

The scholarship amount is paid as a one-time payment after the application has been approved.

Confirmation of receipt of payment is expected immediately after receipt of the scholarship amount.

Selected internships will be presented by the scholarship holders to the committees of the B. Braun Foundation at the meeting of the Board of Trustees in the following year.

In the case of scholarships for job shadowing, a final report of a maximum of 5 pages and proof of successful participation (certificate) must be submitted online to the B. Braun Foundation no later than six weeks after the end of the job shadowing. The report should be structured according to the following aspects:

  • Brief description of the activity (results achieved)
  • Benefits for professional practice
  • Personal reflection on the learning success


Alternatively, an existing final report may be submitted. Scientific publications resulting from the work shadowing should contain a reference to the support provided by the B. Braun Foundation.

The B. Braun Foundation is entitled to reclaim funding if knowingly false information is proven or financial changes are not reported. Failure to submit a final report/certificate of completion may also result in the reclaiming of grant funds.