Travel and Education Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships

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2016 Travel and Education Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

Applications for 2016 Travel and Education scholarships, fellowships and grants are now CLOSED. The selection process continues throughout May, June and July, with results being made known in August. We wish you luck with your application.

Applications closed midnight ACST Monday 27 April 2015. No late applications will be accepted.

Please go to the Scholarships Policies web page to read the full Conditions of each Scholarship, Fellowship and Grant before applying, to ensure your eligibility.

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.

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Awards for Fellows of the College only

Hugh Johnston ANZ ACS Travelling Fellowship
Morgan Travelling Fellowship
Morgan-Opie Travelling Fellowship - **NEW**


Awards for Fellows and SET Trainees of the College

Hugh Johnston Travel Grant
Margorie Hooper Scholarship
Ian and Ruth Gough Surgical Education Scholarship

 

Awards for SET Trainees of the College only

John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship

 

Awards for Fellows, SET Trainees and Other Eligible Applicants

Murray and Unity Pheils Travel Fellowship - Overseas Graduates also eligible to apply
Stuart Morson Scholarship in Neurosurgery - Registered Neurosurgeons (not Fellows or SET Trainees) in ANZ and overseas Neurosurgeons may also be eligible to apply

 

Important General Information - Travel and Education Opportunities

lt is essential that all potential applicants read this section carefully before making an application to ensure their eligibility. It contains important Conditions and other general information.

  1. Travel and Education 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 2016.
  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. These can be found on the Scholarships Policies web page.
  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.

 

Travel and Education Opportunities

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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 encourage international exchange of information concerning surgical science, practice and education. It also aims to establish professional and academic collaborations and friends. The Fellowship is part of a bi-lateral exchange with the ACS and will suppport an Australian or New Zealand Fellow of the College to attend the annual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Congress. In 2016 this is being held in Washington DC, USA, on 16-20 October.

Who can apply - Fellows who have gained their College Fellowship in the past ten years (2005 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

Value - $8,000

Application - Download the travel and education application form (Word 101KB)

More information - Details about the ACS can be found at www.facs.org. The following articles feature previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

John Beer, 2012 recipient, June 2013 edition (PDF 1268KB)
 

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Hugh Johnston Travel Grant

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

Value - $10,000

Tenure - 12 months

Application - Download the travel and education application form (Word 101KB)

More Information - The following articles feature previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

Arul Bala, 2012 recipient, October 2013 edition (PDF 915KB)
Sebastian King, 2014 recipient, March 2015 edition (PDF 299KB)

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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

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.

More Information - The following articles feature previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

Darren Katz, 2012 recipient, October 2012 edition (PDF 771KB)
Tony Palasovski, 2013 recipient, June 2014 edition (PDF 708KB)

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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. It is mandatory for the successful recipients to also attend the following Annual General Meeting of the ANZ Chapter of the ACS which occurs at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the RACS.

In 2016, recipients are to travel to Washington DC, USA, on 16-20 October 2016, and are to attend the College ASC in May 2017.

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. 

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

More information - Please see the ASC Website for more information on dates and venues. The following articles feature previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

Yi Chen, 2012 recipient, October 2011 edition (PDF 457KB)
Justin Gundara, 2011 recipient, February 2012 edition (PDF 3196KB)
Laura Wang, 2014 recipient, February 2014 edition (PDF 648KB)
Laura Wang, 2014 recipient, May 2015 edition (PDF 289KB)

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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 and/or for the purpose of postgraduate study reside temporarily outside the state of South Australia.

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

Tenure - 12 months

Application - Download the travel and education application form (Word 101KB)

More Information - The following articles feature previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

Greg Rice, 2011 recipient, October 2014 edition (PDF 437KB)

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Morgan Travelling Fellowship

The Morgan Travelling Fellowship was established following a series of donatoins made by Mr Brian Morgan. The purpose of the Fellowship is 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 (2010 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.

Value - $10,000

Tenure - 12 months

Application - Download the travel and education application form (Word 101KB)

More Information - The following articles feature previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

Benjamin Dixon, 2011 recipient, August 2013 edition (PDF 330KB)

 

Morgan-Opie Travelling Fellowship orange new

The Morgan-Opie Travelling Fellowship was established following a bequest from the estate of the late Dr Richard Opie, a General Surgeon. The purpose of the Fellowship is to fund a Fellow of the College to travel overseas to gain clinical experience or to conduct research.

Who can apply - Fellows of the College.

Conditions - To be eligible, the surgeon must have gained his/her FRACS in the past five years (2010 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.

Tenure - 12 months

Application - Download the travel and education 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 - The intended project must be in the field of colorectal surgery. 

Value - $10,000

Tenure - 12 months

Application - Download the travel and education 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, a Sydney-based 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 (2010 or later) of obtaining their Fellowship from the College and Neurosurgical SET 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 is also open to exceptional young surgeons who are registered to practise neurosurgery in Australia or New Zealand, but are not Fellows or Trainees of the College. 

Qualified international surgeons may also apply for this scholarship in order to spend time in Australia or New Zealand to further their training and/or research in neurosurgery.

Conditions - Applicants cannot have commenced travel prior to applying for the scholarship, including overseas applicants.

Value - $30,000

Tenure - Minimum program duration of three months.

Application - Download the travel and education application form (Word 101KB)

More Information - The following articles feature previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

Kristian Bulluss, 2013 recipient, Nov/Dec 2014 edition (PDF 585KB)

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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