Our new Betty Boothroyd Scholarship Fund

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Scholarship Fund in memory of our late Patron and beloved friend, The Rt Hon. The Baroness Boothroyd OM. The fund invites applications from medical professionals living, working or volunteering in conflict zones, including surgeons, clinicians and nurses, who wish to further their surgical training.

Our Patron

Betty became our Patron in 2016, when the conflict in Syria was at its most intense. Areas of the country were besieged, civilian infrastructure targeted and the passage of humanitarian aid restricted.  Betty would often call our Co-Founders to express her concern at what was happening and ask what the Foundation could do to help.

In conflict, surgeons need a particular set of skills and decision-making strategies to be able to respond effectively to the waves of devastating injuries they encounter daily. The work of training doctors began in Misrata, Libya, moved on to Aleppo, Syria, and we have since then trained 1,825 surgeons and anaesthetists in conflict setting including Iraq, Cameroon, Palestine, Ukraine and many more.

From the very beginning of her journey with us, Betty remained deeply passionate about our training of frontline doctors working relentless hours. In honour of Betty’s commitment to our mission, we are proud to launch the Betty Boothroyd Scholarship Fund.

What’s the funding criteria?

Whether you’re a Sudanese nurse interested in a Masters in Trauma Management, a Palestinian doctor wishing to complete a paediatrics course, or a humanitarian surgeon interested in joining one of our HEST-UK courses, we may be able to support you with funding.


1. Applications are open to any surgical team members who wish to further their medical training or education (e.g. surgeon, anaesthetist or surgical nurse)

2. The training that applicants are seeking funding for can be held anywhere in the world

3. Applicants must meet one of three criteria below:

– Living and/or working in a conflict or catastrophe zone

– Your country of origin is a territory that has experienced conflict or catastrophe, however you currently reside in another country

– You are a humanitarian surgeon who travels to, and volunteers in, conflict and catastrophe zones

Our CEO and Co-Founder, Elly Nott, shared: “Thanks to Betty’s generosity to our Foundation, she will continue to make a difference to doctors striving to heal their wounded communities for decades to come.”

Register your interest and contact us at [email protected]