Anwar and Myrtha Girgis IMG Scholarship


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Anwar and Myrtha Girgis IMG Scholarship 2020

Dr Anwar Riad Girgis was an Orthopaedic surgeon in Whyalla and Adelaide after migrating to Australia in 1969. He initially trained in medicine in Egypt, and then undertook postgraduate training in the UK. Dr Girgis appreciated the assistance given to him by generous colleagues in the UK and Australia, and he and his wife Myrtha Girgis later gave the same support to Trainees and International Medical Graduates who wished to settle in Australia.

Upon his death, his children Mona and Peter Girgis pioneered the establishment of this Scholarship with the Foundation for Surgery to support refugee, asylum seekers and migrants who are experiencing financial hardship to gain the professional development required to be able to practice surgery in Australia or New Zealand.

Who can apply

Applications for this Scholarship are open to doctors who are able to demonstrate financial hardship or disadvantage and who are of refugee OR asylum seeker background OR who are recent migrants (having arrived in Australia or New Zealand within the five years immediately prior to the closing date for applications for the scholarship).


Applicants need to:

  • have been assessed by RACS as partially or substantially comparable to being Australian trained, and have commenced (or been approved to commence), or have completed clinical assessment and whose assessment is valid for 12 months from the time of application


  • have been assessed by the Medical Council of New Zealand as eligible for vocational registration in surgery or require assistance to meet the language criteria for their vocational registration application to proceed


  • be eligible to work in Australia or New Zealand

Please read the Anwar & Myrtha Girgis IMG Scholarship policy and the Important General Conditions page before applying to ensure eligibility




One year


Download the Anwar & Myrtha Girgis application form (PDF 744KB). Email the completed application to by the closing date.

Closing Date for Applications

Midnight ACST Monday 15 April 2019

Applicants will be notified of outcome in early August 2019

No late applications will be accepted.

More Information

You are encouraged to read the memoriam for Dr Anwar Girgis

See an article on Dr Girgis as reproduced from Surgical News Nov/Dec 2016

Also of interest is the biography for Dr Anwar Girgis


ANZ Scholarship & Grant Coordinator
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
199 Ward Street
North Adelaide SA 5006 Australia

Telephone: +61 8 8219 0924