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We recognise there is a shortage of trained and skilled local surgical specialists in many developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This shortage severely reduces these countries' capacity to deliver surgical and medical care to their populations.
The overarching goal of the program is to improve the health outcomes for disadvantaged communities in the region, by providing training opportunities to promising individuals who will contribute to the long-term development of surgical and medical capacity in their country.
Scholarships and grants are available for application each August through the learning and development round of the RACS Scholarships and Grants Program.
As the availability of each scholarship and grant is determined year-to-year, please check back on this page mid-year to view the Global Health scholarships and grants on offer in August 2021.
Please visit the Scholarships and Grants Program page for further information on Global Health scholarships and grants and other opportunities available through the program.
Rowan Nicks Fellowship and Scholarships
The Rowan Nicks fellowships and scholarships are offered annually to young surgeons and anaesthetists who have been identified as surgical or medical leaders of the future. These opportunities are tenable in an institution where recipients will learn the craft of surgery (or anaesthesia), and also become involved in teaching, research and administration.
Read more about the Rowan Nicks Fellowships and Scholarships.
Global Health Travel Grant for Asia Pacific Surgeons
The Global Health Travel Grant for Asia Pacific Surgeons provides for recipients to attend the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and for hospital visits in the host city.
Read more about the Global Health Travel Grant for Asia Pacific Surgeons.
Surgeons International Award
The Surgeons International Award provides for doctors, nurses or other health professionals from underprivileged backgrounds to undertake short term visits to one or more Australian hospitals to acquire the knowledge, skills and contacts needed for the promotion of improved health services in the recipient's own country.
Read about the Surgeons International Award.
Weary Dunlop Boon Pong Exchange Fellowship
The Weary Dunlop Boon Pong Exchange Fellowship is a collaboration between the RACS and the Royal College of Surgeons of Thailand. The exchange program provides opportunities for Thai surgeons to undertake clinical attachments in Australian hospitals, in their nominated field of interest.
Read more about the Weary Dunlop Boon Pong Exchange Fellowship.
Established in 2015 by the RACS' Foundation for Surgery in collaboration with the University of Medicine, Yangon, the Myanmar Scholarship allows for recipients to undertake short-term attachments in hospitals in Australia and/or New Zealand, with the aim to develop leadership skills, systems training, clinical research, hospital management and administration, and technical skills.
Read more about the Myanmar Scholarship.
Katherine Edyvane Scholarship in Humanitarian Surgery
The Katherine Edyvane Scholarship on Humanitarian Surgery supports training and activities aimed at improving health care in the recipients’ countries. The scholarship prioritises applicants from Timor-Leste, where Katherine spent many years in a surgical teaching role under the RACS Timor-Leste program.
Read about the Katherine Edyvane Scholarship on Humanitarian Surgery.
Program Coordinator, Scholarships
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1137
Fax: +61 3 9249 1236