Research and Travel Scholarships


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2019 RACS Scholarship Program

Applications for the RACS Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants program open annually on 1 March and close at the specified date in the last week of April. Applicants are notified in August.

Applications for the RACS Research and Travel Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants Program are now CLOSED.

Also see the following for any open scholarships or grants during other times of the year:

Opportunities offered by other RACS Divisions

Opportunities offered by other organisations

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. We recommend that you download the latest version of Adobe Reader to complete your form. Should you have any trouble, please contact RACS on 08 8219 0900 and we can send you a Word version.

BEFORE applying, please go to the Scholarships Policies web page to read the full Conditions contained in the Policy of each Scholarship, Fellowship and Grant. It is also essential that you read the  Important General Conditions document (PDF 80KB) to ensure your 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 Scholarship and Grant Coordinator. For other queries, please download the Frequently asked Questions (PDF 73KB) page.

A listing of scholarship recipients from other years can be found on The Scholarship Experience (PDF 82KB)

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 2019 Scholarship Year. This is being reviewed for 2020.

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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 SET 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


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Opportunities offered by other RACS Divisions

  • 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. The aim of the travel grant is to encourage Trainees (General or other surgical specialties) to undertake research into trauma.

All Trainees from the nine specialty programs presenting trauma abstracts at the ASC Trauma program will be considered for the Damian McMahon Trauma Research Travel Grant. The winner of the ASC Damian McMahon Travel Grant is invited to present at the ATLS Asia-Pacific Region scientific meeting. The prize money is intended to cover out-of-pocket expenses for the Trainee's travel to the region. And there are even more opportunities, the winner of the Asia-Pacific Region competition is invited to present their paper at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) scientific meeting the following year (expenses paid by the ACS). The highly acclaimed American paper competition carries the added prestige of the first-placed paper being eligible for publication in the Journal of the ACS. For the ASC in Bangkok in May 2019, abstracts open in October 2018 and close on 28 January 2019. 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  

  • 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. For more information go to the website or email them.

  • Younger Fellows Leadership Exchange

Applications for 2018 are now closed. Applications for 2019 will open in May/June 2018. Find out more from their website or email

  • Rural Surgery Fellowship for Provincial Surgeons

Applications for the 2018 Round close Monday 19 March 2018. See more information on the website or email

  • 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. See more information on the website or contact via email

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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.  For more details please go to the website.

  • 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. For more information please go to    

  • American College of Surgeons

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. Open until 2 July 2018.

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.

  • Avant Mutual

Avant Trainee Research Scholarships

Are you an Intern, RMO or Registrar who is conducting research? Avant, through its Doctor in Training Research Scholarship Program regularly awards scholarships valued at $450,000. To apply and for full terms and conditions, visit Applications open February 2018 and close May 2018. See website.

Avant Foundation Grants

Avant believe that by supporting research, training, education and investment to improve the quality, safety and professionalism in the practise of medicine we will make a lasting difference to healthcare delivery in Australia, leading to better patient outcomes in the future. Expressions of interest for the Avant Foundation Grants are currently being sought. See website.

For more information on Avant Mutual, visit the Avant Mutual main 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.



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 0900
Fax: +61 8 8219 0999

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