RACS Career Enhancement Scholarships for Māori Medical Students


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The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Indigenous Health Committee in conjunction with the Foundation for Surgery is offering up to three scholarships to assist final year medical students, who identify as Māori, to cover the costs of undertaking surgical-related education, training and/or research opportunities in Australia or New Zealand that will result in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills which strengthen their career portfolios.

Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Scholarship an applicant must:

  • Be in their final year at a New Zealand or Australian medical school and;
  • Be eligible to be a member of the Te Ohu Rata o Aoetearoa (Te ORA) Māori Medical Practitioners Association and;
  • Be a permanent resident or citizen of Australia or New Zealand.

Eligible Activities

The Scholarship may be used for one or a combination of the following activities:

  • Course fees, travel and accommodation to attend surgical skills training workshops in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Attendance or presentation of a paper and/or poster at a medical, surgical or Indigenous Health conference in Australia or New Zealand. Preference will be given to applicants presenting research project results and outcomes.
  • Surgical related research projects
  • Other professional development activities deemed appropriate and of benefit to the applicant by the Indigenous Health Committee and/or Scholarship Selection Panel to enhance their career portfolio.


Up to three scholarships may be offered depending on the quality of applications.

How to Apply

Applications are now open and close 11 February 2019.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the RACS Career Enhancement Scholarships for Māori Medical Students Policy when preparing their application.

All applicants must complete the application form (Word), attach supporting documents and email complete applications to indigenoushealth@surgeons.orgApplications for 2018 are now closed.

Selection Process

Scholarship recipients will be selected by a selection panel and their decision will be final.

Scholarship Conditions

Scholarship recipients will be required to:

  • Provide a report of up to 500 words within four weeks of the completion of the activity for which funding has been obtained.
  • Sign the Acceptance Form as acknowledgement of ALL the conditions and return it to RACS prior to commencement of the award.

For more detailed information, please view the RACS Career Enhancement Scholarships for Māori  Medical Students Policy or contact the Indigenous Health Committee Secretariat.

Indigenous Health Committee Secretariat
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9276 7407
Fax: +61 3 9276 7432
Email: indigenoushealth@surgeons.org