Dr. A. Ross Tilley Scholarship


Dr. A. Ross Tilley Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Foundation was founded in 1989 to honor the great Canadian plastic surgeon, Dr. A. Ross Tilley. The foundation awards an annual scholarship to a graduating Canadian plastic surgeon who plans fellowship training in plastic surgery. The application deadline this year is March 1, 2014. The scholarship recipient is decided upon annually by the directors of the foundation. The winner of the scholarship is announced at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, which in 2014 which be held in Montreal, QC.

Dr. A. Ross Tilley

Dr. A. Ross Tilley was raised in Bowmanville, Ontario, the son of a family physician. He graduated from the University of Toronto and studied at the Toronto Western Hospital with Dr. E. Fulton Risdon, the first Canadian plastic surgeon. He was posted to RCAF headquarters in the United Kingdom in 1941 as Principal Medical Officer. In 1942 he was transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead in Sussex, which was the center for burned Commonwealth airmen. The injuries caused by burns suffered in The Battle of Britain and Bomber Command resulted in many innovative plastic surgery reconstructive techniques, enabling injured airmen to return to a normal life after the war. Dr. Tilley was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1944 and Group Captain the same year. Upon returning to Toronto, he campaigned for better burn facilities in the Toronto area, resulting in the Ross Tilley Burn Center being opened at the Wellesley Hospital in 1984. The Ross Tilley Burn Center is now at the Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Center in Toronto.

Application Process

Applications should be sent in PDF format by email to: Dr. Daniel Peters, President, Dr. A Ross Tilley Foundation Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus, 1053 Carling Ave. Box 213, Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9, Telephone: 613-798-5555 ext. 13712 Fax: 613-761-4041, E-mail: dannypeters1@gmail.com, asybiraj@gmail.com

There are many good candidates each year. A letter is required in which the candidate describes plans for the fellowship and future career plans upon completion of the fellowship. The directors will pay particular attention to the candidate who also most represents the humanitarian personality of Dr. Tilley. Selection criteria include: i) Future career plans (a mandatory return to Canada) ii) Candidate’s academic achievement iii) Candidate’s humanitarian contributions iv) Plans for the fellowship year (minimum 12 months) v) Financial requirements for fellowship. Please complete budget sheet. vi) Unique skills offered by fellowship. What specific skills do you plan to bring from fellowship to practice? Please include the following in your application:

  1. Personal letter – Explain your plans for your fellowship and include all locations at which you plan to study. Include names of supervisors and areas of study with areas of particular emphasis. Explain why these skills are needed and how you will use this training in your career plans. Describe in detail any research work that you plan to complete. Describe your plan for practice after the fellowship. Describe your career goals (include the effect your planned fellowship will make on your career plans). Include information about the fellowship if available: Institutions and departments in which fellowship is to be undertaken:  Address  Supervisor  Start and finish dates of fellowship
  2. Current curriculum vitae. Please enclose a current up-to-date curriculum vitae with photograph in your application (include: Birth date, place of birth, citizenship; Awards, degrees, honors, citations, etc; Appointments held since first degree in chronological order; Publications, presentations, published abstracts.
  3. Current mailing address, telephone number, fax number and email address.
  4. Include mailing address, telephone number, fax number and email address for Fellowship year, if available.
  5. Request a letter of reference from the Program Director of your training program.
  6. Letter from a Canadian Hospital or University confirming your intent to practice in Canada (e.g.: accepted job offer).

Please note: Your application will not be evaluated without confirmation of your intent to practice in Canada after your Fellowship. Scholarship monies granted to candidates who do not return to Canada to practice post fellowship should be returned to the Dr. A. Ross Tilley Foundation.


If you are awarded the Scholarship, the terms of this Scholarship require a report at 6 months and at the end of the Fellowship to indicate:

  1. Complete dates of the Fellowship
  2. Supervisors
  3. Skills learned or perfected during the Fellowship
  4. Scholarly productivity including presentations, published abstracts and publications in both peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed publications.
  5. Final position in Canada with complete address, telephone, fax and email addresses.

Return to Canada Requirement

The intent of this award is to assist a graduating Canadian Plastic Surgeon to pursue fellowship training and then return to a Canadian Hospital/University centre. Please include the following in your application:

  • Personal letter
  • Current curriculum vitae. Current mailing address, telephone number, fax number and email address.
  • Reference letter from the Program Director of your training program.
  • Letter from a Canadian Hospital or University confirming your intent to practice in Canada. (accepted job offer).
  • Brief budget for Fellowship year

Dr. Daniel Peters
Tilley Foundation

Ross Tilley Scholarship Application 2017