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Applications for 2015 Travel Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

Applications for 2015 Travel Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants are now open, and will close close midnight CST Monday 28 April 2014

The selection process continues throughout May, June and July, with the results being available by the beginning of August 2014.

New 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.

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Hugh Johnston ANZ ACS Travelling Fellowship
Hugh Johnston Travel Grant
Ian and Ruth Gough Surgical Education Scholarship
James Ramsay Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons (not on offer this year)
John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship
Margorie Hooper Scholarship
Morgan Travelling Scholarship
Murray and Unity Pheils Travel Fellowship
Stuart Morson Scholarship in Neurosurgery

Important general information - Travel opportunities

Please read carefully before making an application:

  1. Travel scholarships, fellowships and grants are intended to support applicants who wish to take time away from clinical positions to gain knowledge or expertise in a field that will ultimately benefit the Fellow/Trainee, the College and the community.
  2. Unless stated otherwise, the opportunities are conditional upon the applicant being a permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand, or an International Medical Graduate (IMG) accepted into the College as a Trainee.
  3. The offer of scholarships, fellowships and grants will be subject to the availability of funding.
  4. All award values are in Australian Dollars unless otherwise stated.
  5. Where applicable, applicants must notify their Training Board of their intention to interrupt their training and must adhere to the training board's regulations.
  6. Applicants must not have commenced their travel prior to the closing date for applications.
  7. Unless stated otherwise, travel is for the Scholarship year of 2015.
  8. Confidential referee reports from those identified in the application form must reach the College by the closing date for applications. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure this occurs.
  9. For information on the taxation status of awards please refer to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section, which is on the main Scholarship web page.
  10. Please read the policy conditions carefully prior to making an application. Conditions within the policy are correct at the time of publishing; however they may be updated prior to the awards being offered.
  11. Applicants must submit BOTH an electronic and a hand-signed hard copy application as either a Word document or PDF file. Applications must be completed on the prescribed form where applicable, accompanied by a brief CV. The hard copy application form and CV must not be bound in any way and must be submitted on plain (not coloured) paper. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. We cannot accept photocopied, scanned or electronic signatures on the posted hard copy.
  12. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the application is received by the College by the closing date. Please contact the Scholarship Program Co-ordinator if you do not receive confirmation.

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Hugh Johnston ANZ ACS Travelling Fellowship

The Hugh Johnston Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Chapter American College of Surgeons (ACS) Travelling Fellowship has been established to support an Australian or New Zealand Fellow of the College to attend the annual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Congress in October 2015, which will be in Washington DC, United States. The Fellowship is part of a bi-lateral exchange with the ACS.

Who can apply - Fellows who have gained their College Fellowship in the past ten years (2004 or later).

Applicants are expected to have a major interest and accomplishment in basic or clinical sciences related to surgery and would preferably hold an academic appointment in Australia or New Zealand.

Conditions - The applicant must spend a minimum of three weeks in the United States of America. While there, they must:

  • Attend and participate in the ACS Annual Clinical Congress
  • Participate in the formal convocation ceremony of that Congress
  • Visit at least two medical centres in North America before or after the Annual Clinical Congress to lecture and to share clinical and scientific expertise with the local surgeons.

Applicants must not have commenced their travel prior to the closing date for applications. Download the policy (PDF 32KB) to see all the Conditions of this award.

Value - $8,000

Application - Download the application form (Word 101KB)

More information - Details about the ACS can be found at www.facs.org.

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Hugh Johnston Travel Grants

The Hugh Johnston Travel Grants arose from a bequest of the late Eugenie Johnston in memory of her late husband, Hugh Johnston. It was established to assist needy and deserving Fellows and SET Trainees of the College to take time away from clinical positions to gain specialist knowledge/expertise overseas in a field to benefit the Fellow/Trainee, the College and the community.

Who can apply - Fellows and SET Trainees of the College

Conditions - Applicants must not have commenced their travel prior to the closing date for applications. Download the policy (PDF 32KB) to see all the Conditions of this award.

Value - $10,000

Tenure - 12 months

Application Form - Download the application form (Word 101KB)

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Ian and Ruth Gough Surgical Education Scholarship

This Scholarship was established by Ian and Ruth Gough to encourage surgeons to become expert surgical educators.

Who can apply - Fellows and SET Trainees of the College

Conditions - Download the policy (PDF 32KB) to see all the Conditions of this award

Value - $10,000

Tenure - 12 months

Application - Please note that there is no application form for this scholarship. Applicants must provide all of the following information in their application:

  • Current CV
  • One referee report
  • Outline of a program proposal that includes documentation of your acceptance of visits to specialist centres or into courses that will enhance your ability to become an expert surgical educator. The Dean of Education is available to advise on suitable activities.
  • Details of the approximate cost of your program.
  • Statement that summarises your personal experience in obtaining and delivering surgical education programs and the anticipated future contribution you will make to surgical education in Australia and/or New Zealand.

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John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship

The late John Buckingham was a well-loved specialist breast cancer surgeon who pioneered the sentinel node mapping technique. He contributed significantly to BreastScreen Australia and was also highly regarded in the international arena. In recognition of his great love of teaching, the John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship has been established to encourage international exchange of information concerning surgical science, practice and education. It also aims to establish professional and academic collaborations and friendships amongst Trainees.

Who can apply - Current Australian and New Zealand SET Trainees of the College

Conditions - This Scholarship is offered for short term travel.

Applicants are required to attend the ACS Annual Clinical Congress. They are also expected to attend the following Annual General Meeting of the ANZ Chapter of the ACS which occurs at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the RACS.

This year there are two John Buckhingham Travelling Scholarships on offer. One being to attend the Congress being held in San Francisco, California, USA, on 26-30 October 2014, and subsequently to attend the College ASC in May 2015.

The second scholarship on offer is to travel to Chicago, Illinois, USA, on 4-8 October 2015, and to the College ASC in May 2016.

Applicants are expected to be a Member of or have applied for Resident Membership of the ACS with the intention of gaining Fellowship of the ACS in the future, and for Membership of the ANZ Chapter of the ACS. Download the policy (PDF 32KB) to see all the Conditions of this award.

Value - $4,000

Application - Please note there is no application form for this scholarship. Applicants must supply the following in their application:

  • A hand-signed covering letter
  • 1000 word dissertation outlining the proposed benefits of the Scholarship
  • Current CV
  • Supporting references from two referees
  • Your availability for either or both of the John Buckingham Travelling Scholarships on offer

Further information - Please see the ASC Website for more information on dates and venues.

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James Ramsay Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons

Please note that this Fellowship has not been offered for 2015. This will be reviewed for 2016

Margorie Hooper Scholarship

This Scholarship has been made possible through a bequest from Margorie Hooper, late of South Australia. It was established to enable the recipient to reside temporarily outside South Australia, either elsewhere in Australia or overseas, in order to undertake postgraduate studies or for surgeons to travel overseas to learn a new surgical skill for the benefit of the surgical community of South Australia (preference will be given to the latter).

Who can apply - Fellows or SET Trainees of the College who reside permanently in South Australia.

Conditions - Download the policy (PDF 32KB) to see all the Conditions of this award.

Value - $65,000 plus a provision for accommodation and travel expenses (upon application)

Tenure - 12 months

Application - Download the application form (Word 101KB)

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Morgan Travelling Fellowship

This Fellowship was established to fund a Fellow of the College to travel overseas to gain clinical experience or to conduct research for a period of approximately one year.

Who can apply - Fellows of the College.

Conditions - To be eligible, the surgeon must have gained his/her FRACS in the past five years (2009 or later). If you are a final year SET Trainee and have passed your FRACS, this has to be confirmed before a fellowship can be awarded. The Fellowship is open to a Fellow from any specialty. Although this Fellowship must be the only College funding secured by the Fellow, the candidate is permitted to obtain concurrent external funding.

Applicants must not have commenced their travel prior to the closing date for applications. Download the policy (PDF 32KB) to see all the Conditions of this award.

Value - $10,000

Tenure - 12 months

Application - Application - Download the application form (Word 101KB)

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Murray and Unity Pheils Travel Scholarship

This Scholarship was established following a generous donation made by the late Professor Murray Pheils to assist a SET Trainee or recent Fellow to travel overseas to obtain further training and experience in the field of colorectal surgery. Similarly, overseas graduates wishing to obtain further training and experience in a specialist colorectal unit in Australia or New Zealand are also eligible to apply.

Who can apply - Set Trainees, recent Fellows, overseas graduates

Conditions - Applicants must not have commenced their travel prior to the closing date for applications. The intended project must be in the field of colorectal surgery. Download the policy (PDF 32KB) to see all the Conditions of this award.

Value - $10,000

Tenure - 12 months

Application - Application - Download the application form (Word 101KB)

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Stuart Morson Scholarship in Neurosurgery

The Stuart Morson Scholarship in Neurosurgery was established following a generous donation by the late Mrs Elisabeth Morson in memory of her late husband, Stuart Morson, who was a Neurosurgeon who had a special interest in paediatric neurosurgery. It is intended to assist young
neurosurgeons to meet the costs of undertaking further training and/or research work in neurosurgery overseas.

Who can apply - Neurosurgeons within five years (2009 or later) of obtaining their Fellowship from the College and Neurosurgical Trainees. The scholarship will also be open to exceptional young surgeons who are registered to practice neurosurgery in Australia or New Zealand, but are not Fellows of the College. It may also be applied to assist overseas surgeons to spend time in Australia or New Zealand to further their training and/or research in neurosurgery.

Conditions - Overseas applicants cannot have commenced travel prior to applying for the scholarship. Download the policy (PDF 27KB) and application form (Word 101KB)

Value - $30,000

Tenure - 6 months with a minimum program duration of 3 months

Application - Application - Download the application form (Word 101KB)

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Contact

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
Email: scholarships@surgeons.org