Updates to ASSRS supervisor criteria:

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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 through the Portal 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 of Award and Instructions for Applicants 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 run preliminary eligibility checks on submissions. You will be notified at this stage if you have submitted an ineligible application.

Applications that pass preliminary checks are then 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.


Assessment Criteria

The Foundation Board reviews and assesses applications based on the Three Pillars of Assessment (as shown above).

Assessors review the suitability of an applicant and project, using criteria such as career-stage, the applicant's track record (relative to opportunity) and whether the project has achievable timelines. Further Assessment Criteria can be found in the Instructions for Applicants, available for download on our Award Pages, during an open Award Round.

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

  • Awards Workshop

    The Foundation hosts an online Awards Workshop before each Award Round, to present an overview of the upcoming Round and run through common eligibility queries, including during a Q&A session. See our Events page for details of the next Workshop.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure they meet eligibility requirements. These are available in the Terms and Conditions of Award and 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.

  • Other Awards

    The Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Scholarship, Academic Surgeon-Scientist Research Fellowship and Chairs in OHNS follow their own application process and timeline. Please see each Award Page for further detail, or contact our office (office@passewilliams.org.au).

    Looking for funding for a one-off, discrete project or activity that will significantly benefit OHNS in Australia and/or New Zealand, and that sit outside the scope of the Foundation’s standard suite of Awards? Contact us to discuss.

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