RACS Unlock is accessed through the APPLY button under the To Apply heading on each grant webpage. You can view the grant listings on the Learning and Development grants web page.
Once you are logged-in to RACS Unlock, you can commence an application, save progress and submit your application at any time within the application round opening period.
To allow yourself time to collate required evidence, we recommend you pre-read all information on the grant webpages and log-in to RACS Unlock early in the opening period.
Depending on the number of scholarships or grants for which you are applying, and providing your evidence is ready to upload, an application may take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.
To apply to one or more opportunities within a scholarship or grant round, please follow these steps:
- Read all information on the webpages of your preferred scholarship or grant
- Understand what is required for your application, including the evidence you may be required to upload
- Read the Scholarships and Grants program conditions
- Visit the scholarship or grant webpage and click on Apply Now which will open RACS Unlock in a new tab (Note - this link is only visible when an application round is open)
- Enter your name and email, and set a password to register for RACS Unlock
- Answer and submit the eligibility questions - the program for which you are eligible will then display
- Commence your application to the program:
- Complete the demographic, career & employment, and activity proposal tasks
- Once these tasks are complete, you will be able to open and apply to any of the displayed scholarships or grants for which you are eligible and that meet your proposed activity outline
- Request recommendations by entering referee contact details
- Upload any required evidence (as requested) - this may be in PDF, jpg, Word etc. formats
- Submit your application.
Should you wish to submit a second (or third) activity proposal for scholarships or grants not covered by your first activity proposal, you may commence a new application. The demographic, career and employment, and activity proposal forms will pre-populate with data you entered in your first application - you may then edit this as you wish.
Applications to the Scholarships and Grants Program include a request for referees - known as recommenders on RACS Unlock.
We recommend you contact your recommenders before applying to the program to ensure they can provide a recommendation during the round's opening dates.
You will be asked to provide names and email addresses of two recommenders (referees). Recommenders will be sent an invitation to complete a recommendation form on RACS Unlock. They can view your career and employment information, Grant activity proposal and the grants for which you are applying. While you will not be able to view their response, you will receive a notification that they have accepted or declined your invitation.
Recommenders who have not responded to the invitation will be sent reminder emails from RACS Unlock and have up to seven days past the program closing date to respond.
Learning and Development grants
Unless otherwise indicated, applications include:
- Demographic information and career and employment history (Note: This information is entered in the online form - CVs are no longer to be submitted with applications)
- Proposed activity outline, activity outcomes and budget breakdown
- Envisaged benefits of the activity to the applicant, RACS, the surgical community and grant-specific communities
- Contact details for two referees (known as recommenders on RACS Unlock)
- Uploads of evidence as stated on the grant web page and in the application form
- Details of any financial support or funding already secured.
Open for application in March 2022
Where applications specify that ethics approval is required, evidence of this approval must be produced, either before or during the scholarship period.
Where applications specify that a higher degree must be undertaken, evidence of this enrolment must be produced before 1 January of the year of the scholarship, unless otherwise agreed.
Unless otherwise stated, preference will be given to research conducted at an approved research institute in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.
If the application is from a project team or group (rather than an individual) the lead researcher is required to complete the application under their name, with summary career and employment to be provided for each project team member.