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How to Apply

  • Annual Award Round

    The Foundation has a suite of Awards & Grants, most of which are on offer during our annual Award Round.

    Applications for these Awards must be completed via our online Portal, which you can register for at any time. Application forms are made available when the Round opens and must be completed before it closes.

    Awards that sit outside of the Award Round are the Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Scholarship, Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Fellowship and Chairs in OHNS. These follow their own application process and timeline.

Application Process

The Award Round opens annually around early July until late August. Important documents such as Terms & Conditions and Instructions are made available for download via the relevant Award Pages in late June. Ensure you read and understand these before submitting an application.

During an Award Round, applicants must log on to the Portal to draft, save, and submit applications for assessment.

Once an Award Round closes, the Foundation Office runs initial eligibility checks on submissions. You will be notified if you have submitted an ineligible application at this stage. Referees are then contacted for their Reports (usually mid-September).

Only applications that pass initial checks are put forward to our Board of Directors for further eligibility checks and assessment. Final decisions are made in November, and applicants advised of outcomes in December. Funding Agreements are finalised in the year of Award.


Awards Workshop

The Foundation hosts an online Awards Workshop before each Award Round, to present an overview of the upcoming Award Round and run through common eligibility queries. Registrants for the webinar will have the opportunity to ask Assessors and Foundation staff questions during the Q&A session. Details of the next workshop can be found on the Events page.


Assessment Criteria

The Foundation Board review and assess applications based on the Three Pillars of Assessment:

Assessments also review the suitability of an applicant and project, using criteria such as:

  • Suitability of career-stage.
  • Applicant’s track record, relative to opportunity, based on information provided.
  • Whether the project sits within the field of OHNS.
  • Achievable timelines.
  • Originality of the study or extension of existing data.
  • Clear description of outcomes and impact.

Further Assessment Criteria can be found in the Instructions for Applicants, available for download on our Award Pages, during an Award Round.

The Board may in its absolute discretion withdraw any Award if, in its opinion, the application has not fulfilled the objective of the Foundation to fund only the best people, research and applications.


Eligibility Criteria

It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure they meet eligibility requirements. These are available in the: 

  • Terms and Conditions of Award
  • Instructions for Applicants

These documents are made available on the relevant Award pages, during an Award Round. Only applications submitted by the Award Round deadline will be considered for assessment.

Career Pathways

Our Fellowship and Scholarships are designed to forge career pathways for scientists and academic surgeon-scientists. Grants feed into all pathway streams. Please scroll down further for detail on individual Awards.

Scientist Academic Surgeon-Scientist
Research Scholarship
Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Scholarship
Junior Fellowship

(Previously Research Training Fellowship)

Mid-Career Fellowship

(Previously Research Fellowship)

Academic Surgeon-Scientist Fellowship
Flagship Award: Senior Fellowship

(Previously Senior/Principal Research Fellowship)

Conjoint Grant
Clinical Research Grant
Chair in OHNS

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