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Applications for the 2015 Rowan Nicks International and Pacific Islands Scholarships, Rowan Nicks Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Exchange Fellowship, and the United Kingdom (UK) and Republic of Ireland Fellowship close at 5pm AEST on Monday 2 June 2014.

**Please note that the deadline for applications has now been extended until Monday 2 June 2014**

(previously advertised as closing 5th May)

The Rowan Nicks Committee is pleased to announce that qualified surgeons from Bangladesh will now be eligible to apply for the 2015 Rowan Nicks International Scholarship.

George 'Rowan' Nicks OBE, FRACS, AO
Rowan Nicks International Scholarship  
Rowan Nicks Pacific Islands Scholarship
Rowan Nicks Australia and New Zealand Exchange Fellowship
Rowan Nicks United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Fellowship
Past Rowan Nicks Scholars and Fellows
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George 'Rowan' Nicks OBE, FRACS, AORowan Nicks

Rowan Nicks, OBE, FRACS, AO (pictured) was one of the most respected and loved Fellows of the College. He has been a major benefactor of the College since 1987, when he established the Rowan Nicks Scholarships. Since 1991 over 50 international scholars from more than 20 countries have been awarded a Rowan Nicks Scholarship or Fellowship to undertake training attachments in one or more hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore or India.

The Rowan Nicks Scholarships are not just personal awards; the orientation is to "teach the teacher to teach others" and all scholars must come with a sense of responsibility to the needs of their home base. The intention is that the scholar will share the skills and expertise with their colleagues upon return to their home country, thereby increasing the local capacity to deliver improved surgical care to the local community.

The College is establishing a database of where scholars might be placed in Australia or New Zealand, and seeks expressions of interest from departments of surgery or heads of units who feel they can offer a milieu in which young surgeons can be nurtured.

Rowan Nicks International Scholarship and Rowan Nicks Pacific Islands Scholarship

Applications for the 2015 Rowan Nicks International Scholarship and the 2015 Rowan Nicks Pacific Islands Scholarship are now open.

The Rowan Nicks Scholarships and Fellowships are directed at surgeons in targeted countries in South East Asia and the Pacific Islands who demonstrate potential to become leaders in their communities.

The Scholarships and Fellowships provide opportunities for recipients to develop their management, leadership, teaching and clinical skills through clinical attachments in selected hospitals in Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia.

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for the Rowan Nicks International and Pacific Islands Scholarships must:

  • commit to return to their home country on completion of their Scholarship;
  • meet the English Language Requirement for medical registration in Australia or New Zealand (equivalent to an IELTS score of 7.0 in every category);
  • hold a Master of Medicine in Surgery, or his/her country's post-graduate qualification in surgery. However, consideration will be given to applicants who have completed local general post-graduate surgical training, where appropriate to the needs of their home country.
  •  be under 45 years of age at the closing date for applications.

Applicants for the Pacific Islands Scholarship must be a citizen of:

The Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu.

Applicants for the International Scholarship must be a citizen of:

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia**, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal or Vietnam.

**With preference given to Indonesian applicants from outside the major capital cities of Jakarta and Surabaya who will return to practice in regional areas.

Selection Criteria:

  • The Committee will consider the potential of the applicant to become a surgical leader in the country of origin, and/or to supply a much-needed service in a particular surgical discipline.
  • The Committee must be convinced that the applicant is of high calibre in surgical ability, ethical integrity and qualities of leadership.
  • Selection will primarily be based on merit, with applicants providing an essential service in remote areas, without opportunities for institutional support or educational facilities, being given earnest consideration.

Value: 

Up to $50,000* for a 12-month attachment, or pro-rata for shorter attachments, plus one return economy airfare from the Scholar's home country, and support to attend the RACS ASC or equivalent conference

*The value of the award may be reduced if the candidate will receive a salary or funding from another source while undertaking the Scholarship or Fellowship program. Candidates are obligated to declare to the Committee any additional funding obtained or applied for at the time of application, after the submission of the application and at any stage during the selection process and during the tenure of the Scholarship or Fellowship.

Tenure: 3 - 12 months.

Rowan Nicks Australia and New Zealand Exchange Fellowship

Applications for the 2015 Rowan Nicks Australia and New Zealand Exchange Fellowship are now open.

The Rowan Nicks Australia and New Zealand Exchange Fellowship is intended to promote international surgical interchange at the levels of practice and research, raise and maintain the profile of surgery in Australia and New Zealand and increase interaction between Australian and New Zealand surgical communities.

The Fellowship provides funding to assist a New Zealander to work in an Australian unit judged by the College to be of national excellence for a period of up to one year and an Australian to work in a New Zealand unit using the same criteria.

Applicants must have gained Fellowship of the RACS within the previous ten years on the closing date for applications.

Selection Criteria:

The Committee will:

  • consider the potential of the applicant to become a surgical leader and ability to provide a particular service that may be deficient in their chosen surgical discipline.
  • assess the applicants in the areas of surgical ability, ethical integrity, scholarship and leadership.

The Fellowship is not available for the purpose of extending a candidate's current position in Australia or New Zealand.

Value:

Up to $50,000* for a 12-month attachment, or pro-rata for shorter attachments, plus one return economy airfare from the Scholar's home country, and support to attend the RACS ASC or equivalent conference

*The value of the award may be reduced if the candidate will receive a salary or funding from another source while undertaking the Scholarship or Fellowship program. Candidates are obligated to declare to the Committee any additional funding obtained or applied for at the time of application, after the submission of the application and at any stage during the selection process and during the tenure of the Scholarship or Fellowship.

Tenure: 3 - 12 months.

Rowan Nicks United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Fellowship

Applications for the 2015 Rowan United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Fellowship are now open.

The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Fellowship is offered to a surgeon from the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland to take up the Fellowship in Australia or New Zealand.

The Fellowship program aims to:

  • promote international surgical interchange at the levels of practice and research
  • increase interaction between the surgical communities of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the Republic or Ireland.

Value:

Up to $50,000* for a 12-month attachment, or pro-rata for shorter attachments, plus one return economy airfare from the Scholar's home country, and support to attend the RACS ASC or equivalent conference

*The value of the award may be reduced if the candidate will receive a salary or funding from another source while undertaking the Scholarship or Fellowship program. Candidates are obligated to declare to the Committee any additional funding obtained or applied for at the time of application, after the submission of the application and at any stage during the selection process and during the tenure of the Scholarship or Fellowship.

Tenure: 3 - 12 months.

Past Rowan Nicks Scholars and Fellows

Meet the Rowan Nicks scholars.

Applications

Applications for the 2015 Rowan Nicks Scholarships close at 5pm AEST on Monday 5th May 2014.

Application Forms:

Rowan Nicks International Scholarship (PDF 2,147 KB)
Rowan Nicks Pacific Islands Scholarship (PDF 2,157 KB)
Rowan Nicks Australia and New Zealand Exchange Fellowship(PDF 1,946 KB)
Rowan Nicks United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Fellowship (PDF 1,916 KB)

Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

Send a signed, hard copy of your completed application form and all attachments to the Secretariat via the contact details below:

Contact

Rowan Nicks Committee Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1211
Fax: +61 3 9276 7431
Email: international.scholarships@surgeons.org