Applications for 2023 activity are now closed.
Research scholarships offer recipients the opportunity to pursue a major research project over a period ranging from one to three years. They are usually undertaken through an approved research institute in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand, are paid as a stipend via the institute on behalf of RACS and may include departmental maintenance.
Learning and development grants
Learning and development grants offer recipients the opportunity to pursue professional development, training or small research activities in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas.
They are usually undertaken over weeks or some months and are paid directly to the recipient. The program is now open, visit the Learning and Development website to find out more about each grant or to apply.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion
We encourage applications from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and female applicants as we support RACS’ focus on:
- removing barriers to the participation of women in surgery
- recognising that people can experience disadvantage
- continuing and enhancing initiatives designed to increase the participation of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori doctors in the practice of surgery.
To support RACS goal of improving gender equity in the surgical profession, the Scholarships and grants program aims to achieve gender balance in the awarding of scholarships, grants and Fellowships.
Find out more about RACS Diversity and Inclusion Plan (PDF 4.12MB).
Benefits and value
The prestige of being awarded a RACS scholarship or grant is well recognised within the surgical community.
The benefits of research scholarships may include:
- mentorship and networking opportunities (where available)
- a payment to be administered in partnership with the administering institution
- departmental maintenance
- publishing and presentation opportunities resulting from the completion of a research project.
The benefits of learning and development grants may include:
- conference/scientific meeting attendance
- presentation opportunities
- mentorship, leadership and networking opportunities
- training and experience
- professional development
- small research projects.
Recipients of scholarships and grants are also given the opportunity to input into the future of the RACS Scholarships and grants program.
The value for scholarships and grants is listed on the respective opportunity webpage in $AUD exclusive of GST.
In accepting an offer for a scholarship or grant, successful applicants must agree to both the program and individual scholarship or grant conditions.
RACS Unlock - Scholarships and grants online application platform
Applications are now online through the Scholarships and Grants online hub - RACS Unlock.
The Apply Now link, visible on scholarship and grant webpages when an application round is open, will take you to the RACS Unlock registration web page.
To give yourself time to gather any necessary evidence for your application, it is recommended you log-in to RACS Unlock and read through what is required early in the opening period.
Podcasts and media
Post Op podcast - Research round: Past recipients Professor Greg O'Grady and Dr Deborah Wright share their experiences and discuss the benefits that scholarships have provided to each of them in their fields of research and their careers.
Post Op podcast - Learning and Development round: Consultant colorectal surgeon Mr Ryash Vather discusses the benefits of a Learning and Development grant.
Frequently asked questions
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