• Dr Anwar Girgis

    Dr Anwar Riad Girgis was an Orthopaedic surgeon who practised in Whyalla and Adelaide after migrating  to Australia in 1969.

    Dr Girgis trained in medicine in Egypt and then undertook postgraduate training in the United Kingdom. In appreciation of the assistance given to him by generous colleagues in the UK and Australia, he and his wife Myrtha later supported Trainees and Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) who wished to settle in Australia.

  • Who can apply?

    To be eligible for this grant, you need to:

    - be a doctor who is of refugee OR asylum seeker background OR who is a recent migrant (having arrived in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand within the five years immediately prior to the closing date for applications for the grant) AND can demonstrate financial disadvantage AND
    - have been assessed by RACS as partially or substantially comparable to being Australian trained, AND have commenced (or been approved to commence) OR have completed clinical assessment with your assessment valid for 12 months from the time of application, OR
    - have been assessed by the Medical Council of Aotearoa New Zealand as eligible for vocational registration in surgery or require assistance to meet the language criteria for your vocational registration application to proceed
    - be eligible to work as a doctor in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand. 

  • Value
  • Activity

    The grant may fund (but is not limited to) the following:

    - Registration fees for exams, professional development and training course/s required to be able to practice in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.
    - Costs for the professional care of young children or other dependants to enable participants who are primary carers to undertake this professional development, training, assessment and associated study.
    - Attendance or presentation at a conference required to be able to practice in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.
    - Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses related to the professional development opportunity (the expectation is the most economical travel options will be used).
    - Costs associated with supervision.

    Activity must be undertaken in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Selection

    The selection panel is comprised of representatives of the ANZ Scholarship and Grant Committee (ANZSGC), the Board of Surgical Education and Training, the Aotearoa New Zealand Censor and SIMG Assessment and Support.

  • How to apply
    Your application is to include:

    - your rural or regional location (if applicable)
    - your career and employment details
    - your activity proposal including: how your activity will benefit your professional development; and contribute to improving Australian and/or Aotearoa New Zealand surgical standards and knowledge base
    - the expected outcomes of your activity
    - value and details of what the grant will be spent on and how it will assist you to gain registration
    - evidence of financial hardship or disadvantage
    - evidence of visa status and date of arrival in Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand
    - evidence of your eligibility to practice 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.
  • Conditions and application

    Before applying, please read all conditions as stated on this webpage.

    - general information on the Scholarships and Grants Program
    program conditions and recipient obligations
    - conditions specific to this grant (PDF 986.67KB) as stated on this page

    Applications for the 2023 program have now closed. 

  • Contact

    Scholarships and grants department

    Phone: +61 08 8219 0940
    Email: scholarships@surgeons.org