• Who can apply?

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    - be a RACS Fellow, Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) or SET Trainee
    - have experience in obtaining and delivering surgical education programs.

    Please note, this scholarship is not available to:

    - SET applicants
    - past Ian and Ruth Gough Surgical Education Scholarship recipients.

  • Value
    $23,000
  • Activity
    This scholarship funds travel and/or professional development, training or a research activity that supports the recipient to become an expert surgical educator.
  • Application

    Your application is to include:

    - your career and employment details
    - your research proposal including: your project aim and research questions; research objectives; scientific literature references; research design; participants; data analysis; limitations and assumptions.
    - a list of your five most important publications, along with an upload of the cover page of each that clearly shows all authors (optional)
    - a list of your five most important conference presentations (optional)
    - proposed budget
    - uploaded documentary evidence of your confirmed visit to a specialist centre or course enrolment that will enhance your ability to become an expert surgical educator
    - a statement summarising your experience in obtaining and delivering surgical education programs and the anticipated future contribution you will make to surgical education in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Selection

    Selection is assessed via the written application.

    The selection panel is comprised of representatives of the ANZ Scholarship and Grant Committee and Professor Gough or his nominee.

  • Recipient obligations
    Recipients are required to present their scholarship activity at the annual meeting of the Surgical Research Society of Australasia or an agreed equivalent, within the 12 months following the scholarship period.
  • Payment
    This scholarship is paid directly to the recipient following receipt of a valid tax invoice as requested by the Scholarships and Grants department. Payment will be made in one instalment prior to 1 March in the scholarship year.
  • More information

    The following articles feature previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

    Adam Watson (PDF 641.31KB), 2017 recipient, Oct 2018 edition
    Carolyn Vasey (PDF 179.92KB), 2016 recipient, Nov/Dec 2017 edition
    Rhea Liang (PDF 174.56KB), 2015 recipient, October 2016 edition

  • To apply

    Applications for 2023 activity are closed.

    Before applying, please read:

    - general information on the Scholarships and Grants Program 
    - program conditions and recipient obligations 
    - conditions (PDF 478.85KB) specific to this opportunity as stated on this page

  • Contact
    Scholarships and grants department
    Telephone: +61 8 8219 0924
    Email: scholarships@surgeons.org