• Who can apply?

    To be eligible for this grant you must:

    - be registered as a doctor in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand AND
    - provide confirmation of eligibility for membership to Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa The Māori Medical Practitioners Association (Te ORA) OR
    - provide confirmation of eligibility for membership to the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA)

  • Value
    $5,000 each (up to six grants given)
  • Activity

    This grant may be used to fund any of the following activities: 

    JDocs registration fees
    - the General Surgical Science Examination (GSSE)
    - RACS skills training course fees
    - travel and accommodation to attend surgical skills training
    - attendance or presentation of a paper and/or poster at a medical, surgical or Indigenous Health conference in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand (preference will be given to research project results and outcomes)
    - surgical related research projects
    - other relevant professional development activities which will enhance your career portfolio. 

  • Selection
    The selection panel is comprised of the Chair of the Indigenous Health Committee and may include the Censor in Chief and members of the Board of Surgical Education and Training; Prevocational and Skills Education Committee; Fellowships Services Committee; Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) and Te ORA.
  • Applications

    Your application is to include:

    - 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
    - proposed costs
    - statements addressing your aspirations, interest in pursuing a surgical career, relevance to 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 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. 

  • To apply

    Before applying, please read:

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

    To apply: Register at RACS Unlock

  • Contact
    Scholarships and grants department

    Phone: +61 03 9249 1216
    Email: scholarships@surgeons.org