• Who can apply?

    To be eligible for this grant you must be interested in a career in surgery, have previously attended an Annual Scientific Congress AND

    - possess a medical degree from, or 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
    Up to $5,000 each (up to two awards)
  • Activity
    The grant enables recipients to participate in the educational program of the RACS Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) which will provide opportunities to network, gain an understanding of RACS activities and discuss career path issues with RACS leadership.

    The grant funds one return economy airfare to the ASC from the major city nearest to the recipient’s residence; accommodation for five nights at a RACS nominated conference hotel; ASC four-day registration, ticket to the ASC dinner; and invitation to the Indigenous Doctors Roundtable Breakfast.
  • Selection

    Selection is based upon:

    - 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
    - a statement addressing your aspirations and commitment to pursuing a surgical career, the relevance of the activity to your 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 or 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 as stated on this page (PDF 352.41KB)

  • Contact
    Scholarships and grants department

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