John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship


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John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship 2020

The late John Buckingham was a well-loved specialist breast cancer surgeon who pioneered the sentinel node mapping technique. He contributed significantly to BreastScreen Australia and was also highly regarded in the international arena. In recognition of his great love of teaching the John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship has been established to encourage international exchange of information concerning surgical science, practice and education. It also aims to establish professional and academic collaborations and friendships amongst Trainees.

Who can apply

Current RACS Australian and New Zealand Trainees

Note that this Scholarship is not available for SET applicants


This Scholarship is offered for short term travel. Applicants are required to attend the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Annual Clinical Congress. In 2020 this Congress is being held on 4-8 October 2020 in Chicago, Il, USA.

It is mandatory for the successful recipients to also attend the Annual General Meeting of the ANZ Chapter of the ACS which occurs at the Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) of the RACS in the year following the scholarship.

Applicants are encouraged to be a Member of or have applied for Resident Membership of the ACS with the intention of gaining Fellowship of the ACS in the future, and for Membership of the ANZ Chapter of the ACS. 

Please read the John Buckingham Travelling Scholarship policy and the Important General Conditions page before applying to ensure eligibility




One year


Download the Travel and Education application form (PDF 1355KB).

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 invited to read about the life of John Buckingham

Please see the ACS Website for more information on the American College of Surgeons.

The following articles feature previous recipients of this scholarship, as reproduced from Surgical News:

Tarik Sammour, 2016 recipient, July 2016 edition (PDF 391KB)

Laura Wang, 2014 recipient, May 2015 edition (PDF 289KB)

Laura Wang, 2014 recipient, February 2014 edition (PDF 648KB)

Justin Gundara, 2011 recipient, February 2012 edition (PDF 3196KB)

Yi Chen, 2012 recipient, October 2011 edition (PDF 457KB)


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

Telephone: +61 8 8219 0924