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Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Scholarship (ASSRS)


This Award sits outside of the Award Round timelines. Please see below for how to apply.


To provide financial support to surgical trainees in OHNS who have a genuine desire to undertake research through completion of a research-focused Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Term of award

Up to three (3) years (full-time), pro-rated if part-time.


Applicants must have already been selected onto, or be in the process of applying for a position on, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons' Surgical Education and Training (SET) Program in OHNS.

A Head of Academic Unit of OHNS in Australia or New Zealand must have accepted an Applicant as an eligible candidate for a Foundation-approved research project.

Individuals who currently hold a similar postgraduate scholarship must relinquish that scholarship to accept a GPRW ASSRS.

Individuals who have previously held and received funding for a GPRW ASSRS are ineligible.

Please read the Terms and Conditions of Award for all eligibility and ineligibility criteria.


A stipend of no more than AUD $70,000 per annum.

A supplementary allowance of no more than AUD $15,000 per annum for minor items of equipment and consumables.

A once-only travel allowance of no more than AUD $2,500 in the final year of the Award, to assist the Awardee in presenting an oral paper or lecture at a major overseas international conference.

How to apply

SET candidates wanting to apply for an ASSRS must approach a Professor to discuss projects. Contact details of Professors offering research projects will be listed on this Awards page each year, ahead of the opening of the annual SET application process.

Upon being accepted onto the SET program, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons will communicate ASSRS outcomes ahead of research projects starting the following January.

Application requirements

Applicants wishing to apply for an Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Scholarship must be selected onto the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ (RACS) Surgical Education and Training (SET) program.


2022 Award Round Opening Soon

Portal Applications for the following Awards will be invited from 4th July 2022:

+ Clinical Research Grant
+ Conjoint Grant
+ Research Scholarship
+ Junior Fellowship
+ Mid-Career Fellowship
+ Senior Fellowship

Read more here.

Applications open annually between early July and late August, with outcomes being announced in December.

Exceptions to this are: 1. Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Scholarship: supervisors are announced on the Foundation website in February, with applications being aligned with the SET application process. 2. Academic Surgeon-Scientist Fellowship: offered on a periodic basis. For more details, please email us. 3. Chairs in OHNS: for more details on submitting a Chair in OHNS Proposal, please email us (