The Foundation for Surgery John Loewenthal Research Scholarship was previously established in honour of Sir John Loewenthal who served as President of RACS from 1971-1974 and was intended to promote surgical research.

In 2015 it was decided to change the conditions of the scholarship to broaden its appeal, raise its profile and increase applications. It was rescoped and relaunched as the Foundation for Surgery John Loewenthal Project Grant.

Who can apply

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

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



Applications can be made to undertake a surgical research project with definite aims and outcomes; or for funding of an innovative service or piece of equipment. Preference will be given to applicants early in their careers.

Please read the John Loewenthal Project Grant policy (PDF 57.22KB) before applying. It is essential that you also read the Important General Conditions on this website to ensure you are eligible to apply.


$100,000 per annum


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


More information

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

Joseph Kong (PDF 149.07KB), 2016 recipient, March 2016 edition.


ANZ Scholarship & Grant Coordinator
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
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