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Funding Opportunities

Urolink is a committee of the BAUS Charity and not, specifically, a fund-giving body. Its main aims are to utilise any money it accrues to support specific projects, or to facilitate teams to go to it's linked centres. It may support individuals from those centres but does not usually financially contribute to unaligned centers requesting monetary support.

There are, however, some funding sources available to Urolink as travel grants, which are listed below by different employment grade. Applications for Urolink travel grants are normally considered at the twice yearly Executive Committee meetings; in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Chair and Secretary, an application may be considered between those meetings. 

  • UK Medical Students - when considering a "urological" elective period abroad with some time spent with, or at, a Urolink team or workshop.
  • UK Core & Specialty Trainees - to accompany a Urolink team, or for a longer period of voluntary work overseas at a designated link centre. TUF awards for this purpose are specifically designed for UK-based ST trainees who are BAUS members. These Fellowships are ideal for post-exam pre-Consultant trainees, but may be open to more junior urologists. Click here for a grant application form, or here to download one of the application forms for the TUF Overseas Travel awards. Please note these awards are only open to UK-based trainees who are members of BAUS.
  • UK New, Established & Retired Consultants - for an overseas visit as part of a team, or to forge new links with a department abroad which has previously been sanctioned by the Urolink committee.
  • Oversee Trainees - for educational trips to UK or European meetings, or to the COSECSA annual meeting if making a presentation.
  • Overseas Consultants - if invited as a speaker to the BAUS Annual Meeting.

    All recipients of funding are asked to submit documentation of their visit and reimbursement is usually dependent upon provision of that report. Please download the visit report template.

    Please note

    BAUS will reimburse reasonable travel and hotel expenses which have been agreed in advance, which are for economy airfares only and for accommodation costs. Upgraded airfare costs are entirely at the traveller's expense. BAUS will not reimburse incidental costs including food and drink, or transfers to or from airports in the UK or the country visited. Its policy can be viewed hereRemember that Urolink and TUF will usually not reimburse any of your expenses until a report has been provided. The BAUS Expenses Claim Formfor agreed expenses, can be downloaded here.

Award winners

2021 TUF/Urolink awards - Nish Bedi (London)

2022 TUF/Urolink awards - Simon Huf (Reading) and Matt Trail (Edinburgh)

2023 TUF/Urolink awards - Wilson To (London), Katie Brodie (Edinburgh), Danielle Whiting (Guildford) and Rory Ferguson (Treliske)


Other sources of funding for experience abroad

There are many other awards, prizes and bursaries available to support educational work overseas. Funds may also available through local hospitals, and community-based organisations. Pharmaceutical and industry colleagues have supported educational activities in the past and could be approached on a personal basis.

Individual organisations may also be able to help, and should be contacted directly regarding the funding they have available, and the timing for any application process. A selection of organisations which can offer help with funding for overseas educational visits can be found in the websites link below:


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