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Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Scholarship (ASSRS)


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


To provide financial support to surgical trainees in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (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.


An Applicant must have already been, 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 Department/Unit of OHNS in Australia or New Zealand must have accepted an Applicant as an eligible candidate for a Foundation-approved research project.

The proposed degree must be a research-focused PhD.

Full details are available in the Terms and Conditions of Award.


Financial assistance is provided for up to three (3) years of the Scholarship, which is pro-rated if the Scholarship is undertaken on a part-time basis. A successful Applicant is also provided:

+ An annual Stipend
+ An annual supplementary allowance (for minor items of equipment and consumables)
+ A once-only travel allowance in the final year of Award

Full details are available in the Terms and Conditions of Award.

How to apply

Scholarships are offered annually to outstanding candidates.

SET candidates wanting to apply for an ASSRS must approach a Professor/Project Supervisor to discuss projects. Contact details of Professors/Project Supervisors offering research projects will be listed on this page each year, ahead 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.

Full details are available in the Terms and Conditions of Award.

Application requirements

Registration for the FY2022 SET Program intake opened in 2021. Registrations closed Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 5.00pm AEDT.

For further information on the SET Program, including the next registration dates, please continue to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) website.