Sir John Ramsay was Surgeon Superintendent of the Launceston General Hospital (1896 to 1912), and a co-founder of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

His advances in surgical technique, medical firsts and hospital administration were second to none. He had the credit for taking the first clinical X-ray at the LGH in 1897. He was a pioneer in intravenous fluid replacement and surgery of the prostate. One of Sir John's most noted surgical achievements was in 1906 with the resuscitation of a patient by internal cardiac massage through an incision; he was one of the first surgeons in the world to achieve this. He was also possibly the first to attempt the transplant of pancreatic tissue, ten years before the discovery of insulin and two generations before transplant surgery became possible.

Sir John's son, James Ramsay AO, had a long association with RACS and made a significant donation to establish a the James Ramsay Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons. When James died in 1996, his wife Mrs Diana Ramsay AO, continued to support the Fellowship, now called the James Ramsay Project Grant.

Who can apply?

RACS Fellows and SET Trainees, either as an individual or as the Leader Researcher on behalf of a group.

Please note that this grant is not available to SET applicants.



Applicants must be intending to undertake a clinical or research project. Examples of clinical or research projects include, but are not limited to:

  • An innovative surgical research project with definite aims and outcomes.
  • Funding for an innovative project or piece of equipment. Expected outcomes will need to be clearly documented.

Applicants who are either from South Australia or can demonstrate a clear benefit to the people of South Australia will be given preference.

Please read the James Ramsay Project Grant policy (PDF 57.97KB) before applying. It is also essential that you read the Important General Conditions on this website to ensure you are eligible to apply.


$83,000 per annum


Up to two years, subject to satisfactory performance after 12 months


Download and email the completed  research scholarshipapplication form (PDF 1.12MB) (PDF 1.12MB)to by the closing date.


Closing date for applications

Midnight ACST Tuesday 14 April 2020

Applicants will be notified of the outcome in early August 2020.

No late applications will be accepted.


ANZ Scholarship & Grant Coordinator
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Office: 51-54 Palmer Place, North Adelaide SA
Postal: 199 Ward Street, North Adelaide SA 5006 Australia

Telephone: +61 8 8219 0924