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Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Scholarship (ASSRS)


This Award sits outside of the Award Round timelines.


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.

An eligible supervisor 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.

*See Supporting Documents for supervisor eligibility requirements. If wish to become a supervisor for the ASSRS, and meet the criteria, please complete the Supervisor Criteria Form.


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 an eligible supervisor to discuss projects. Contact details of eligible supervisors 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

SET Applicants/Trainees: please talk to your preferred supervisor about a project. If they do not yet appear on the approved list, ask them to contact us directly.

Prospective Supervisors are asked to complete the Supervisor Criteria form to verify their eligibility and be included on the supervisor list.

Terms & Conditions of Award for 2025 are currently being updated. To view the previous intake’s T&Cs, please contact the Foundation: office@gprwmf.org.au