• Who can apply?

    To be eligible for this grant, you need to intend to undertake postgraduate surgical training and:

    - be registered to practise as a doctor in Australia
    - provide confirmation of eligibility for membership to the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA)

  • Value
    $2,500 per year (for up to three years) 
  • Activity
    The grant funds costs associated with undertaking postgraduate surgical training including course fees. 
  • 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
    - your commitment to inspiring, leading and mentoring other young Indigenous doctors to become future surgeons

    The selection panel includes members of the Indigenous Health Committee and AIDA, and may include members of the Board of Surgical Education, Prevocational and Skills Education Committee and Fellowships Services Committee. Mr Ian Davison is an observer.

    Preference may be given to applicants who are members of AIDA and who are able to outline their financial need.

  • 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 and a statement regarding your circumstance of financial need
    - 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, along with your commitment to inspiring, leading and mentoring other young doctors to become Indigenous surgeons
    - 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. 

  • 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 732.51KB)as stated on this page

  • Contact
    Scholarships and grants department

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