Research and Travel Scholarships


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2017 RACS Scholarship Program

Applications for RACS 2017 Research and Travel Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants are CLOSED. Results will be available in August. We wish you luck with your application. Applications for scholarships in 2018 will open early March 2017.


2017 RACS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island SET Trainee One Year Scholarship

Due to availability of funding, this Scholarship has been reopened for applications. It is valued at $20,000 and is for 12 months.

For more details go to the individual web page for this scholarship.

Please contact  the Scholarship Program Coordinator on 08 8219 0900 or email, if you have any further questions.

Applications for this extended opportunity close Wednesday 31 August 2016.

No late applications will be accepted

Please go to the Scholarships Policies web page to read the full Conditions contained in the Policy of each Scholarship, Fellowship and Grant before applying. It is essential that you read the Important General Conditions (PDF 80KB) to ensure your eligibility. Full details and information on each scholarship can be found on the individual links.

To open and complete PDF-formatted Scholarship Application Forms you must use Adobe Reader version 9.0 or later. Adobe Reader is a free download. Mac users are advised NOT to use Mac Preview to complete the PDF-formatted Scholarship Application Forms. We recommend that you download the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete your form. Should you have any trouble, please contact RACS on 08 8219 0900 and we can send you a Word version.

Additional scholarships may be offered during the year and advertised on this page and in Surgical News and other relevant publications. The opportunities and conditions can vary from year to year. If you have any questions about a particular opportunity not listed this year, please contact the Scholarship Program Coordinator. For other queries, please download the Frequently asked Questions (PDF 73KB) page.

If you would like to see research outcomes from previous scholarship recipients from other years, please see The Scholarship Experience (PDF 82KB)

On this page:

New Awards for 2017

All Research Awards

All Travel and Education Awards

Research Awards for RACS Fellows only:

Research Awards for RACS Fellows and SET Trainees

Research Awards for RACS SET Trainees and SET Applicants only

Research Awards where undertaking a higher degree is not essential

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Travel and Education Awards for RACS Fellows only

Travel and Education Awards for RACS Fellows and SET Trainees

Travel and Education Awards for RACS SET Trainees only

Awards available for non-RACS Applicants

Awards with a Trauma Focus

Awards with a Specialty Focus


Opportunities offered by other RACS Divisions

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Opportunities offered by other organisations

Royal College of Surgeons of England Travel Award - H J Windsor Prize

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is offering a travel award for surgeons who wish to carry out research or educational projects.    The H J Windsor Prize, established in 1976 by the late Dr H J Windsor KSG CBE FRCS of Brisbane, Australia, is awarded annually either to an Australian Surgeon to visit the British Isles, or a British Surgeon to visit Australia.

MIGA Doctors in Training (DIT) Grants Program

The MIGA Doctors in Training (DIT) Grants Program provides funding to promote advanced skills training and experience among doctors in training.  The annual Program offers up to four Grants of $5,000 to assist doctors in meeting the expenses associated with pursuing additional training opportunities to enhance their qualifications and/or benefit their future career and local community.  Funds can be used to cover costs incurred through the pursuit of training, which can include travel, accommodation, Program fees and other associated costs.

Examples of eligible training opportunities include:  

  • Post graduate study in an area relevant to the doctor's service to their local community
  • Specialised fellowships
  • Indigenous community placements
  • Placements with volunteer organisations (e.g. Médicins Sans Frontières)
  • Research in a specific area of medicine
  • Other advanced training outside of an accredited College or Society training program.

If you are interested in undertaking advanced training in your chosen specialty, the MIGA DIT Grants Program may be able to assist you. Applications close on Friday, 4 November 2016.

American College of Surgeons (ACS)

International Guest Scholarships (IGS)

The American College of Surgeons offers International Guest Scholarships to young eligible surgeons from countries other than the United States or Canada who have demonstrated strong interests in teaching and research. The scholarships, in the amount of $10,000 each, provide the scholars with an opportunity to visit clinical, teaching, and research activities in the US and Canada and to attend and participate fully in the educational opportunities and activities of the ACS Clinical Congress.  Applications due prior to 1 July 2016. 

Community Surgeon Travel Awards

The ACS International Relations Committee is pleased to announce travel awards for eligible surgeons from countries other than US or Canada. These awards provide international surgeons with the opportunity to attend and participate fully in the educational activities of the ACS annual Clinical Congress.  Applications due prior to 1 July 2016.

International Surgical Education Scholarships

The ACS Division of Education and International Relations Committee are pleased to announce two international scholarships focused on surgical education for surgeons from countries other than US or Canada. These awards provide young faculty members from countries other than the United States and Canada with the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational opportunities for faculty development and enhancement that will result in acquisition of new knowledge and skills in surgical education and training. Applications due 2 May 2016.

International National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Scholarships

These scholarships fund participation for eligible surgeons from countries other than US or Canada. in the annual conference (mid-year) of the NSQIP of the ASC.

Avant Trainee Research Scholarships

Avant Mutual Group Limited are offering $500,000 in research scholarships.  Avant understand the pressures faced in the early stages of a career. They have enhanced the Avant Doctor in Training Research Scholarship Program by increasing funding to half a million dollars and more than doubling the number of scholarships on offer.

This year, 20 research scholarships will be awarded in two categories:

Advancement of medicine
- 2 x $50k full-time scholarships
- 4 x $25k part-time scholarships
- 8 x $15k grants-in-aid

Safety, quality and risk management in healthcare
- 2 x $50k full-time scholarships
- 2 x $25k part-time scholarships
- 2 x $15k grants-in-aid

Applications are open to:
- Intern, RMO and Registrars who are Avant members and are
- Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents

New members immediately eligible to apply, visit:

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Scholarship Program Co-ordinator
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
199 Ward Street
North Adelaide SA 5006 Australia

Telephone: +61 8 8219 0900
Fax: +61 8 8219 0999

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