Who can apply? RACS Fellows, SET Trainees, SIMGs
Value $60,000 stipend plus $6,000 departmental maintenance
Interest area Surgical research (United Kingdom)

The scholarship, offered in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of England, was first awarded in 1962 following a donation by Mr Edward Lumley, director of insurance firms of the same name, for the support of research in surgery. The funding incorporates the Edward Lumley Fellowship Fund and is supported by the Henry Lumley Charitable Trust.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to be:

  • a RACS Fellow, SIMG or SET Trainee
  • intend to undertake research for one year in the United Kingdom.

Please note that this scholarship is not available for SET applicants.



Your activity needs to focus on a surgical research project undertaken over one year at an approved institution in the United Kingdom.


Selection is assessed via written application with shortlisted applicants invited to interview. The selection panel is comprised of representatives of the ANZ Scholarship and Grant Committee.

Recipient obligations

In order to forge a good fellowship between the two Colleges, recipients are to be prepared to accept an invitation from the Lumley Trustees to make a short presentation on their learnings at the London College of Surgeons during their scholarship year.

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.


Applications are to include:

  • details of the proposed research to be undertaken
  • a statement from the host institution advising that the candidate is acceptable for the program
  • an outline on commencement and conclusion timing for the proposed research activity
  • an outline of previous research experience, proposed research and other activities
  • a confidential report from three professional referees.


The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient following 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.


Scholarships and grants department
Telephone: +61 8 8219 0924
Email: scholarships@surgeons.org