• Who can apply?
    To be eligible for this grant you must:
    - be enrolled in the final year at an Australian or Aotearoa New Zealand medical school 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
    $2,000 each (up to six)
  • Activity

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

    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.

  • Selection

    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 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.

  • How to apply

    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 medical school enrolment 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. 

  • Conditions and application

    Applications for the 2023 program have now closed. 

    - general information on the Scholarships and Grants Program
    program conditions and recipient obligations
    - conditions specific to this grant (PDF 345.79KB) as stated on this page

  • Contact
    Scholarships and grants department

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