• Policy and guideline

    Before applying, please refer to the:

    - Learning and Development grant policy

    - Grant guideline (PDF 121.05KB)

  • Who can apply?

    To be eligible for this grant, you need to be:

    - a RACS Fellow who is an early-career neurosurgeon OR
    - a Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) or SET Trainee specialising in neurosurgery OR
    - an overseas-based early-career non-RACS neurosurgeon who is registered to practice in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand. 

    International applicants cannot have commenced travel or arrived in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand prior to the closing date for applications. 

    An early career neurosurgeon is defined as within 10 years of neurosurgery qualification.

  • Activity

    Your activity is to benefit your educational and research abilities and contribute to improving neurosurgery in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.

    This grant has a tenure of six months, with a minimum program period of three months.

    The activity for which funding is being sought must commence after the grant application closing date but prior to the end of the grant year (December 31st). All grant recipients will be required to provide an activity report at the end of the grant year outlining their progress against their proposal timeline.

  • Application requirements
    Your application is to include:
    - your career and employment details
    - your activity proposal including: how your activity will benefit your professional development; and contribute to improving Australian and/or Aotearoa New Zealand surgical standards and knowledge base
    - the expected outcomes of your activity
    - proposed costs
    - non-RACS members: evidence of registration to practice neurosurgery in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Selection and awarding


    Preference may be given to applicants who are earlier in their neurosurgery careers and to those who currently live in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.

    The selection panel is comprised of at least three members of the executive committee of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia.



    - payment is made directly to the recipient by 1 March in the grant activity year (following receipt of a valid invoice)

  • To apply

    Application is via the Scholarships and Grants Program online platform, RACS Unlock, hosted by Survey Monkey Apply.

    You may register as an applicant on RACS Unlock at any time, however applications will not display on your dashboard until the Scholarships and Grants Program application opening date. There is no need to re-register if you already have a RACS Unlock registration.

    Please note: emailed applications are not accepted.

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  • Contact
    Scholarships and grants team
    Email: scholarships@surgeons.org