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The Cook Medical Don Wilson Award


Description and Objective
The Cook Medical Don Wilson Award provides Advanced Fellows or Junior Faculty with the opportunity to train outside of their home country with a premier GI endoscopist or group in order to advance their training. The award assists in underwriting reasonable and customary travel and living expenses for a period of one to three months. The award includes a $7,500 cash stipend prior to the recipient's travel. In addition, a 20% disbursement will be made to the host institution. Up to three awards will be available annually for North American and International ASGE members. Note: One training must take place in the United States.


All applicants must:

1. Be an ASGE Member (Active, International or Trainee)

2. Be the equivalent of Junior Faculty or Advanced Fellow

3. Be proficient in the English Language

4. Be advancing knowledge and/or skill on a particular subject

Individuals applying for 1-2 year advanced fellowships do not qualify for this award.

Send the following information in one PDF document.  Note: Only electronic applications will be considered. 

  •  A 1-2 page Candidate's Statement of Learning Objectives for the travel; including the description, purpose and expectations of this training program and importance to the applicant's career development.  This must include very focused training goals and how the applicant will utilize the skills acquired after completing the training. 
  • A letter of acceptance from the institution where applicant would like to study and name of ASGE member(s) with whom he/she plans to study stating clearly:

    1. Duration of training
    2. Anticipated dates
    3. Possibility of hands-on training on patients, training models, and/or observership
    4. Endoscopic technique(s) offered for training at host-institution guaranteed volume of endoscopic procedures during indicated training period
  • A letter of recommendation and release from the applicant's current Chief of Service
  • A statement listing additional sources and amount of funding to be used for this training
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) including current position

Note: ASGE's International Committee will review the applications and make recommendations to the Governing Board, who will make the final decision.


Applications for 2017 are currently in review and will be announced in January 2017. Applications for 2018 must be received by e-mail no later than Friday, September 1, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered. Awards will be announced in January 2018. Submit application materials by e-mail, in one PDF document to:

Holly Becker
Assistant Director of International Initiatives

For further details, please call 630.570.5631.



  • ASGE gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Cook Endoscopy in creating the Cook Medical Don Wilson Award in memory of the late Don Wilson, a strong advocate and supporter of international education and training in gastrointestinal endoscopy.
  • Up to three Cook Medical Don Wilson Awards will be funded.