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?

SET Trainees

Please note that this scholarship is not available for SET applicants.


This scholarship is offered for short-term travel. Applicants are required to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Annual Clinical Congress. In 2021 this Congress is being held on 24-28 October 2021 in Washington DC, USA.

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

Applicants are encouraged to be a member of or have applied for resident membership of the American College of Surgeons to gain Fellowship of the ACS in the future and for membership of the ANZ chapter of the ACS. 

Please read the John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship policy (PDF 71.51KB) before applying.

It is essential that you also read the Important General Conditions on this website to ensure you are eligible to apply.




One year


Download and email the completed travel and professional development application form (PDF 837.84KB) 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.

More information

Please see the ACS Website for more information on dates and venues.

The following article features a previous recipient of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

Tarik Sammour (PDF 391.36KB), 2016 recipient, July 2016 edition.


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