Important General Conditions for RACS Scholarships and
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
- Read the appropriate award policy prior to making an
application. This can be found on the Scholarships Policies web
- Applicants must apply on the prescribed form, where applicable,
accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae of no more than
three pages unless otherwise stated.
- 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.
- Handwritten applications will not be accepted. Do not submit
the application form or CV bound in any way or on coloured
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Where applications specify that ethics approval is required,
evidence of this must be produced, either prior to or during the
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Travel Applicants must not have commenced their travel prior to
the closing date for applications, except in approved
- Unless stated otherwise, travel/training/study is for the
advertised scholarship year.
- Unless specified otherwise, preference will be given to
research conducted at an approved institute in Australia or New
- 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.
- 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.
- Applicable applicants will be short-listed for an
interview based on their initial assessment.
- 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.
- Assessment for applicable Research and Grant scholarship
applicants is based upon the candidate's understanding of the
- Selected applicants may be interviewed by an award-specific
panel, as per the award policy.
- All interviews will be arranged by the ANZ Scholarship and
Grant Coordinator and held in June via teleconference.