Harry Bolton established this scholarship in memory of his late son, Paul. Professor Paul Bolton was a distinguished surgeon, teacher and researcher who died from colorectal cancer in 1978 aged 39.

The scholarship is intended to support applicants who wish to take time away from clinical positions to undertake a full-time research project, under the supervision of an experienced investigator, into the prevention, causes, effects, treatment and/or care of cancer.

Who can apply?

RACS Fellows and Trainees.

SET applicants are eligible to apply for a scholarship in anticipation of their acceptance into the SET Program. Evidence of acceptance into the program must be received by the ANZ Scholarship and Grant Coordinator by November in the year before the award commences in order to be eligible.



The applicant's research topic must focus on the prevention, causes, effects, treatment and/or care of cancer.

Preference may be given to those currently working in Queensland or Tasmania. Applications from researchers who are relatively early in their careers and show promise may be prioritised. Projects which are likely to have clinical relevance within a relatively short period of time will be looked upon favourably. Applicants enrolled in or intending to enrol in a higher degree are encouraged and may be given preference.

Please read the Paul Mackay Bolton Scholarship for Cancer Research policy (PDF 51.89KB) before applying. It is essential that you also read the Important General Conditions on this website to ensure you are eligible to apply.



$66,000 ($60,000 stipend plus $6,000 departmental maintenance) per annum; research departments will be expected to provide 25 per cent of the funding per annum.


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


Download and email the completed  research scholarship application form (PDF 1.12MB)to scholarships@surgeons.org 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

The following article featuring previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

Joseph Kong (PDF 149.07KB), 2017 recipient, March 2017 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
Email: scholarships@surgeons.org