Important General Conditions


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Important General Conditions for RACS Scholarships and Grants

Including Guidelines for completing applications

It is essential that all potential applicants read this section carefully before making an application. These conditions together with the conditions contained in the award policy are binding.

  1.  Read the appropriate award policy prior to making an application. This can be found on the Scholarships Policies web page.
  2. Applicants must apply on the prescribed form, where applicable, accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae of no more than three pages unless otherwise stated.
  3. If the application is from a project team or group, please submit an abbreviated CV (biosketch) of no more than two pages for each member of the team.
  4. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. Do not submit the application form or CV bound in any way or on coloured paper.
  5. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the application is received by RACS by the closing date. Late applications will not be considered. Please contact the ANZ Scholarship & Grant Coordinator if you do not receive confirmation shortly after sending in an application. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application has been received.
  6. Confidential references from those identified in the application, electronically signed and directly emailed from referees or hand-signed hard copies sent by post, must reach RACS by the closing date for applications unless otherwise agreed. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure this occurs. It is essential to inform referees of the closing date.
  7. Where applications specify that applicants must be undertaking or intending to undertake a higher degree, evidence of this must be produced prior to the commencing the scholarship unless otherwise agreed.
  8. Where applications specify that ethics approval is required, evidence of this must be produced, either prior to or during the scholarship period.
  9. Where applications are open to all RACS Trainees, then applicants to surgical training are also eligible to apply in anticipation of their acceptance into the Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program. Evidence of acceptance must be received prior to the starting date of the award.
  10. Trainees and SET Applicants must notify their Specialty Board and/or appropriate Department to advise them of their potential deferral or interruption if successful. A copy of this communication must be provided with their scholarship application.
  11. Selected research scholarships are available, subject to approval, on a part-time basis, as indicated in the relevant Policy Conditions. Part-time is defined as half the usual research hours worked by a research scholar. Part-time scholarships are restricted to scholarship recipients wishing to undertake research only. Scholarships will not be offered on this basis for scholars to concurrently undertake research and clinical loads other than as stated in the Conditions. Please see the Scholarships Part-time policy.
  12. Travel Applicants must not have commenced their travel prior to the closing date for applications, except in approved circumstances.
  13. Unless stated otherwise, travel/training/study is for the advertised scholarship year.
  14. Unless specified otherwise, preference will be given to research conducted at an approved institute in Australia or New Zealand.
  15. Unless specified otherwise, these awards are conditional upon the applicant being a permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand, or an International Medical Graduate (IMG) accepted into RACS as a Trainee.
  16. All applicants will be assessed on some or all the following: Academic record, postgraduate training, research experience, publication history, research project, demonstrated plan of training or study that is being envisaged to be supported by the award, written support from the administering institution, the project's likely impact, references, experience of the supervisor and reputation of the institution where the research is to be undertaken. Please see the policy for details.
  17. Applicable applicants will be short-listed for an interview based on their initial assessment.
  18. Applicable short-listed Research applicants will be interviewed by a panel comprised of the Chair of the ANZ Scholarship and Grant Committee and two other Committee Members.
  19. Assessment for applicable Research and Grant scholarship applicants is based upon the candidate's understanding of the research project.
  20. Selected applicants may be interviewed by an award-specific panel, as per the award policy.
  21. All interviews will be arranged by the ANZ Scholarship and Grant Coordinator and held in June via teleconference.