Research and Travel Scholarships

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2020 RACS Scholarship Program

Applications for the RACS Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants program open on 1 March 2019 and close midnight ACST Monday 15 April 2019. Applicants will be notified in August.


 

IMPORTANT UPDATE RE APPLICATION FORMS:  There seems to be a lot of problems with the application forms this year. As it is getting close to the deadline, please ensure if you are unable to enter a question on the form, please do it on a separate document, clearly stating your name and the question(s) you are answering on it.

 


How to apply

To open and complete PDF-formatted Scholarship Application Forms you must use Adobe Reader version 9.0 or later. Adobe Reader is a free download. Mac users are advised NOT to use Mac Preview to complete the PDF-formatted Scholarship Application Forms. Should you have any trouble with the forms please contact RACS at scholarships@surgeons.org and we can send you a Word version.

Please read the policy of every individual award applied for as well as the Important General Conditions page before applying to ensure eligibility.

Additional Information

Other scholarships may be offered during the year and advertised on this page, in Surgical News and other relevant publications. The opportunities and conditions can vary from year to year. If you have any questions about a particular opportunity not listed this year, please contact the ANZ Scholarship and Grant Coordinator. For other queries, please go to the Frequently asked Questions page.

A listing of scholarship recipients from other years can be found on The Scholarship Experience page.


On this page:

All RACS ANZ Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants 

Awards sorted into groups based on individual criteria, as follows:

Opportunities offered by other RACS Divisions

Opportunities offered by other organisations

Contact details


All RACS Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants:

Awards marked with * are not on offer for the 2020 Scholarship Year. This is being reviewed for 2021.

Awards marked with # are not on offer at the moment but may be opened later this year for taking up in 2020.

You are invited to go to the web pages of the awards not being offered at the moment for more information.

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Awards sorted into groups based on criteria:

(please note that an award could be in more than one group)

 

Research related Awards

Travel and Education related Awards

Awards for RACS Fellows only:

Awards for RACS Trainees and SET Applicants only

Research Awards where undertaking a higher degree is NOT essential

Awards available for RACS and non-RACS Applicants

Awards with a Trauma Focus

Awards with a Specialty Focus/Other Focus

Awards with more than one year duration

Grants

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Opportunities offered by other RACS Divisions

Convention Travel Grants

The annual Convention Travel Grant - run under the auspices of the Perth Convention Bureau's Aspire Porgram - is open to all Fellows, Trainees and International Medical Graduates on the pathway to Fellowship. The grant offers the recipient the chance to broaden their networks and horizons and bring kudos to themselves, the College and the wider community.

Damian McMahon Trauma Research Travel Grant for Trainees 

Dr Damian McMahon FRACS was an integral and influential member of the RACS Trauma Committee, Chair of the Trauma Verification Sub-Committee and a passionate educator of Trainees - especially in the area of trauma. He tragically died in 2012. The Damian McMahon Travel Grant has been established to recognise and honour the commitment and work that Dr McMahon gave to RACS as well as rewarding excellence in trauma research. This Grant for Trainees is based on research into cause, prevention and/or management of trauma. It is awarded to the best trauma research paper presented by a Trainee at the RACS Annual Scientific Congress.

Further information can be found on the flyer  (PDF 452KB) and in the Damian McMahon Trauma Research Travel Grant for Trainees policy. For any queries please contact trauma@surgeons.org.

The Davison Family Scholarship

Established by the Davison family to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who might, without financial assistance, be unable to contemplate a career in surgery. Open to Medical students enrolled in an Australian medical school or doctors registered in Australia who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and are eligible to be a member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA). More information can be found in the policy. Applications for 2019 will open in July 2019.

Global Scholarships

The RACS Global Health Scholarships Program provides awards, fellowships, grants and scholarships to surgeons to fund training opportunities and facilitate professional contact with medical personnel. The recipients are from Asia and the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Medtronic and Foundation for Surgery Travelling Fellowship Grants

The Younger Fellows Committee (YVC) in partnership with the Foundation for Surgery (with the assistance of the Bongiorno Group) and Medtronic are offering three travelling grants to assist Younger Fellows who are going overseas to further post Fellowship studies and diversify their surgical experiences.

For more information view the Travelling Fellowship Grants' policy or contact the Younger Fellows Secretariat at younger.fellows@surgeons.org.

Queensland Younger Fellows Grant

Applications for the RACS Queensland Younger Fellows Grant generally open in August/September for travel the following year. The Queensland Younger Fellows Grant was initiated by the Younger Fellows Committee to assist those working or studying in Queensland to travel either interstate or overseas to further post Fellowship work/studies, prior to returning to Queensland to practice.

RACS ATSI ASC Award and RACS Māori ASC Award

RACS Indigenous Health Committee is offering a number of awards to Aboriginal and/orTorres Strait Islander or Maori final year medical students and resident doctors with an interest in surgery to attend the RACS Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) in May.

RACS Career Enhancement Scholarship for ATSI Junior Doctors

RACS Career Enhancement Scholarship for Māori Junior Doctors

RACS Indigenous Health Committee in conjunction with the Foundation for Surgery is offering scholarships to assist junior doctors, either Māori or who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to cover the costs of undertaking surgical-related education training and/or research opportunities in Australia or New Zealand that will result in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills which strengthen their career portfolios.

RACS Career Enhancement Scholarship for ATSI Medical Students

RACS Career Enhancement Scholarship for Māori Medical Students

RACS Indigenous Health Committee in conjunction with the Foundation for Surgery is offering scholarships to assist final year medical students, either Māori or who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander to cover the costs of undertaking surgical-related education training and/or research opportunities in Australia or New Zealand that will result in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills which strengthen their career portfolios.

Rural Surgery Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons

Are you a provincial surgeon whose primary area of practice is in the non-metropolitan areas of Australia and New Zealand? The Rural Surgery Section Committee (RSS) offers up to three travelling grants to assist provincial surgeons who wish to spend time away from their practice to travel and develop existing skills or acquire new skills in a field to benefit the surgeon, RACS and the community.

Younger Fellows Leadership Exchange

Each year a Younger Fellow is invited to be involved in the Leadership Exchange Program between the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (the College) and the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS). The successful applicant travels to the US and attend the annual AAS Congress and AAS Executive Committee meeting in America. Applications for 2019 are closed. Applications for 2020 will open in June 2019.

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 Opportunities offered by other organisations

Tour de Cure 

Tour de Cure fund cancer projects that make a clear link with their priority to cure and prevent cancer and they welcome applications from emerging researchers and cancer research institutions across Australia.

For more information please go to the Funding Opportunities page on the Tour de Cure website.

Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA)

Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) provides individual grants for rural and remote specialists to undertake CPD. Eligible applicants are required to have been living and working in a rural area ( ASGC-RA 2-5) for at least 12 months. For more information including application guidelines and forms, head to the website or send your query via email.

Cynthia Banham Burn Injury Research Fellowship 

This Fellowship is a joint initiative between The Ian Potter Foundation and Cynthia Banham, to support clinical research by an early-career researcher under the guidance of renowned burns specialist, Dr Fiona Wood. The Fellowship will be open to early career clinical researchers within 10 years of their initial medical qualification planning to develop their career in the area of burn care and with the ability to work in Western Australia. This Fellowship opens for applications every two years. For more information please go to the Ian Potter website.

Royal College of Surgeons of England Travel Award - H J Windsor Prize

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is offering a travel award for surgeons who wish to carry out research or educational projects. The H J Windsor Prize, established in 1976 by the late Dr H J Windsor KSG CBE FRCS of Brisbane, Australia, is awarded annually either to an Australian Surgeon to visit the British Isles, or a British Surgeon to visit Australia. 

MIGA Doctors in Training (DIT) Grants Program

The MIGA Doctors in Training (DIT) Grants Program provides funding to promote advanced skills training and experience among doctors in training.  The annual Program offers up to four Grants of $5,000 to assist doctors in meeting the expenses associated with pursuing additional training opportunities to enhance their qualifications and/or benefit their future career and local community.  Funds can be used to cover costs incurred through the pursuit of training, which can include travel, accommodation, Program fees and other associated costs.

American College of Surgeons Opportunities

  • International Guest Scholarships

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) offers International Guest Scholarships (IGS) to young eligible surgeons from countries other than the United States or Canada who have demonstrated strong interests in teaching and research. The scholarships, in the amount of $10,000 each, provide the scholars with an opportunity to visit clinical, teaching, and research activities in the US and Canada and to attend and participate fully in the educational opportunities and activities of the ACS Clinical Congress.

  • Community Surgeon Travel Awards

The ACS International Relations Committee is pleased to announce travel awards for eligible surgeons from countries other than US or Canada. These awards provide international surgeons with the opportunity to attend and participate fully in the educational activities of the ACS annual Clinical Congress. Open until 2 July 2018. See website.

  • International Surgical Education Scholarships

The ACS Division of Education and International Relations Committee are pleased to announce two international scholarships focused on surgical education for surgeons from countries other than US or Canada. These awards provide young faculty members from countries other than the United States and Canada with the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational opportunities for faculty development and enhancement that will result in acquisition of new knowledge and skills in surgical education and training. Open until 1 March 2018. See website.

  • International National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Scholarships

These scholarships fund participation for eligible surgeons from countries other than US or Canada in the annual conference (mid-year) of the NSQIP of the ACS. See website.

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 Foundation for Surgery logo

For further information on funding for these scholarships and grants, please see the Foundation for Surgery web pages.


 

Contact

Mrs Sue Pleass
ANZ Scholarship and Grant Coordinator
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
199 Ward Street
North Adelaide SA 5006 Australia

Telephone: +61 8 8219 0924
Email: scholarships@surgeons.org

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