Applications for 2022 activity are now closed.

Who can apply? RACS Fellows, SIMGs, SET Trainees
Value (annual) $88,000
Tenure Multi-year – up to two years
Interest area Innovation – project or equipment (South Australia)

Sir John Ramsay was Surgeon Superintendent of the Launceston General Hospital (LGH) between 1896 and 1912, and as a RACS co-founder was an original signatory on its formation in 1927.

His advances in surgical technique, medical firsts and hospital administration were second to none. Sir John was a pioneer in intravenous fluid replacement and surgery of the prostate and is known for a number of firsts: taking the first clinical X-ray at the LGH in 1897, being one of the first surgeons in the world to resuscitate an apparently dead patient by internal cardiac massage through an incision, and he was possibly the first to attempt the transplant of pancreatic tissue, ten years before the discovery of insulin and two generations before transplant surgery became possible.

Sir John’s son, James Ramsay AO donated $60,000 upon the 60th anniversary of RACS to establish the James Ramsay Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons, now known as the James Ramsay Project Grant.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to be a RACS Fellow, Specialist International Medical Graduate (SIMG) or SET Trainee*

You may apply for this grant as an individual or the lead researcher in a group. Recipients can only receive this grant once, except under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of RACS.

*Please note SET applicants are ineligible for this grant.


Your activity needs to focus on innovation and be supported by an administering institution. Activity examples include, but are not limited to:

  • an innovative surgical research project with defined aims and outcomes
  • funding of an innovative clinical project or piece of equipment.

Expected outcomes will need to be clearly documented.


This grant may be offered every two years, subject to funding and the availability of a suitable candidate.


Preference is given to applicants who are either from South Australia or are able to demonstrate a clear benefit to the people of South Australia. The selection panel is comprised of the chairs (or their nominees) of the ANZ Scholarship and Grant Committee, the Research, Audit and Academic Surgery (RAAS) Board, and SA Regional Committee.

The top three applications will also be reviewed and scored by a representative from the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation, whose scores will be included with those of the selection panel for the final ranking prior to a potential interview.

Recipient obligations

Recipients are required to present their research at the annual meeting of the Surgical Research Society of Australasia (or an agreed equivalent) at least once during, or in the 12 months following, the scholarship period.


This scholarship will be paid to the administering institution upon 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.

To apply

Before applying, please read:


Scholarships and grants department
Telephone: +61 8 8219 0924