• Donate now: Support the Ngarra Grant

    If you would like to join Dr Macintosh and stand with female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander surgeons, please select one of the following options:

    RACS members may donate online  and email foundation@surgeons.org to let us know your donation is for the Ngarra Grant.

    If you are not a RACS Member, please fill in your donation details on the Ngarra Grant donation form (PDF 264.22KB) and email it to foundation@surgeons.org

    If you wish to donate over the phone, please call the Foundation for Surgery team ph: +61 3 9276 7446.

  • Policy and guideline

    Please refer to the:
    - Learning and Development grant policy (PDF 146.03KB)
    - Ngarra grant guideline (PDF 857.33KB)

  • Who can apply?

    All applicants must identify as being female and be eligible to be a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA).

    Applications are open to final year medical students, junior doctors, SET Trainees and RACS Fellows.

  • Activity
    The grant may be used to fund an educational activity. The costs may include but are not limited to post-graduate studies, course fees, conference presentation and/or attendance, mentoring programs, travel, professional childcare and accommodation expenses.
  • Application requirements

    Your application is to include:
    - your career and employment details
    - a statement addressing your aspirations and commitment to pursuing a surgical career, the relevance of the activity to your current stage of training or medical career, and current and future commitment to Māori or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
    - evidence of eligibility for membership to Te ORA or to AIDA
    - evidence of medical school enrolment or registration as a medical doctor in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand
    - name and email addresses for two referees (recommenders) who will then receive an invitation to view parts of your online application and provide a recommendation. It is preferred that one of your referees is an AIDA or Te ORA representative or a community leader

  • Selection and awarding

    Selection is based upon:

    - your activity proposal including the expected outcomes and proposed costs of your activity
    - your statements addressing your aspirations and commitment to pursuing a surgical career
    - how the activity will help you towards a surgical career
    - how you have contributed to or are currently contributing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health or Māori health and how you will contribute in the future.

    The selection panel is comprised of members of the Indigenous Health Committee and may include other committee members and invited representatives.

    - payment is made directly to the recipient by 1 March in the scholarship year (following receipt of a valid invoice)

  • To apply
    Application is via the Scholarships and Grants Program online platform, RACS Unlock, hosted by Survey Monkey Apply.

    You may register as an applicant on RACS Unlock at any time, however applications will not display on your dashboard until the Scholarships and Grants Program application opening date in April. There is no need to re-register if you already have a RACS Unlock registration.

    Please note: emailed applications are not accepted.

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  • Contact
    Scholarship and grant team
    Phone: +61 08 8219 0940
    Email: scholarships@surgeons.org