Applications for the 2024 Rowan Nicks International Scholarship and Pacific Islands Scholarship will open mid-2023.  Stay tuned for updates on this page, coming soon.

The Rowan Nicks Scholarships and Fellowships provide opportunities for recipients to develop their management, leadership, teaching and clinical skills through clinical attachments in selected hospitals in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and South-East Asia.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants for the Rowan Nicks International and Pacific Islands Scholarshipsmust:

  • commit to return to their home country on completion of their Scholarship;
  • meet the English Language Requirement for medical registration in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand (equivalent to an IELTS score of 7.0 in every category for Australia, or 7.0 in reading and writing and 7.5 in speaking and listening for Aotearoa New Zealand);
  • hold a Master of Medicine in Surgery, or his/her country's post-graduate qualification in surgery. However, consideration will be given to applicants who have completed local general post-graduate surgical training, where appropriate to the needs of their home country.
  • be under 45 years of age at the closing date for applications.

Applicants for the Rowan Nicks Pacific Islands Scholarship must be a citizen of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu or Vanuatu.

Applicants for the Rowan Nicks International Scholarship must be a citizen of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia**, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal or Vietnam.

**With preference given to Indonesian applicants from outside the major capital cities of Jakarta and Surabaya who will return to practice in regional areas.

Selection criteria

  • The Committee will consider the potential of the applicant to become a surgical leader in the country of origin, and/or to supply a much-needed service in a particular surgical discipline.
  • The Committee must be convinced that the applicant is of high calibre in surgical ability, ethical integrity and qualities of leadership.
  • Selection will primarily be based on merit, with applicants providing an essential service in remote areas, without opportunities for institutional support or educational facilities, being given earnest consideration.


A living allowance of up to $56,000* for a 12-month attachment or pro-rata for shorter attachments, one return economy airfare from the scholar's home country, plus up to $10,000 to cover administrative and settling-in expenses and attendance at the RACS Annual Scientific Congress or other appropriate conference.

*The value of the award may be reduced if the candidate will receive a salary or funding from another source while undertaking the scholarship or Fellowship program. Candidates are obligated to declare to the Committee any additional funding obtained or applied for at the time of application, after the submission of the application and at any stage during the selection process and during the tenure of the scholarship or Fellowship.


3 - 12 months.


Global Health Scholarships Committee Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia