Harold E. Kleinert Traveling Fellowship

The 2019 application period is now closed.  

Harold E. Kleinert’s most significant legacy was his dedication to the education of hand surgeons from around the world.  The goal of this award is to annually provide a worthy, young, non-North American hand surgeon the opportunity to travel to hand surgery center(s) of his/her choice in the U.S. to advance his/her understanding of specific hand/upper extremity surgery techniques and /or treatment of specific upper extremity pathology.  This knowledge will allow the recipient to return to his/her country and advance the care and treatment of their fellow citizens through direct intervention and through the education of their peers.

As part of the traveling fellowship, the Kleinert Fellow is invited to spend 2-3 days at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.  This is a chance to visit the location where many treatment innovations have developed! You will get first hand experience of a premier hand training program renowned for its educational program and enjoy the opportunity to visit, observe,and exchange ideas with multiple prominent hand surgeons.  

Fellowship AWARD Details

The Kleinert Fellow will receive a $7,500 travel stipend. The recipient is expected to visit their selected hand surgery centers in the weeks prior to the ASSH Annual Meeting, which takes place September 5-7, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.  The Kleinert Fellow will be invited to present at the combined Bunnell/International Traveling Fellow "meet & greet" session at the meeting.  After the Annual Meeting has concluded, the Kleinert fellow will conclude his or visit at the Kleinert and Kutz Hand Care group in Louisville, KY, USA. The fellow will write a summary of his or her experience and submit it to the IFSSH newsletter and to the ASSH for inclusion in the Weekly Member Update newsletter.  This summary must be submitted within thirty days of the completion of the fellowship.

The travel stipend may be used for hand center visits, Annual Meeting related expenses (flight, hotel, meals, etc.), and costs related to the Kleinert group visit.  The selected Kleinert Fellow will receive complimentary registration to the ASSH Annual Meeting and will represent his or her country as that year's international traveling fellow at the meeting.


The applicant should be a promising young leader in their hand surgery community, with fewer than 10 years in practice at the time of application.  Deadline to apply is November 1, 2018.  For questions contact the AFSH at [email protected].

Applicants must submit the following information:

    • Curriculum Vitae (CV) - please use standard format
    • Current headshot 
    • Proposed itinerary listing the hand surgery centers to be visited, educational goals to be pursued, and estimated budget for travels. 
    • Letter of recommendation from applicant’s fellowship director.  If no fellowship was completed, a letter from the applicant’s residency director or a letter from the national or local, hand society president may be submitted. 
    • Letter of provisional agreement from the director(s) of the hand surgery center(s) to be visited.
      • NOTE: It is not necessary to secure a letter from the Kleinert Institute.
    • Letter of recommendation from an ASSH Active Member (optional).


Applicant must be proficient in English.  All letters must be submitted in English.

Selection Process

Submissions will be collected and managed by the ASSH Central Office.  The selection committee will include a member of the Kleinert and Kutz office, the Immediate Past President of the ASSH, two former Louisville fellows, elected by the members of the Christine Kleinert Hand Surgery Society.  One of the “founding” Louisville fellows will serve a term of one year while the second Louisville fellow will serve a two-year term.  The final member of the committee will be the AFSH President.  The ASSH Education Division Director as Selection Committee Chair will be responsible for determining the annual review and scoring process.


Contact the AFSH at [email protected].  

PAST Kleinert fellows

2018 - Kenji Kawamura, MD (Japan)