RACP Trainee Research Awards

Applications closed Monday 14 September 2020.

All Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Trainees are invited to submit abstracts on adult medicine or paediatrics and child health topics for oral presentation at the 2020 RACP Trainee Research Awards.

The best presenters selected at each Australian regional and Aotearoa NZ event are invited to present as part of the 2021 RACP Congress Program.


You must be an active RACP trainee* in any of these College areas:

  • Adult Internal Medicine Division
  • Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine
  • Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine
  • Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine
  • Paediatrics & Child Health Division
  • Chapter of Community Child Health
  • Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine
  • Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

New Fellows undertaking post-Fellowship training can also apply.

Overseas Trained Physicians undertaking RACP training are ineligible to apply.

* We acknowledge that when RACP Congress is held in the following year, an Award nominee may have become a Fellow.


Trainees selected at each Australian regional and Aotearoa NZ event receive the opportunity to present at the RACP Congress alongside other recognised researchers and research grant recipients.

Selected trainees also receive:

  • complimentary RACP Congress registration
  • return economy airfares to RACP Congress from the closest capital city in the region they're representing
  • accommodation for up to 3 nights, including breakfast
  • official acknowledgement and a certificate presented at the RACP Congress Gala Dinner

Award recipients will be invited to publish their abstracts in the Internal Medicine Journal or Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health RACP Congress supplement.

Selection criteria

  1. You must have contributed strongly to the concept and execution of your abstract and presentation, with preference given to primary authors.

  2. Presentations are assessed on:
    1. content — originality, significance and importance
    2. presentation — clarity of verbal communication, use of visual aids
    3. how well they contribute to the discussion
  3. Works or projects included in the submission that are unpublished or have been published within 12 months before submission will be considered.

Selection process

  1. The selection panel assesses all abstracts to ensure they meet the required standard to fulfill the selection criteria.
  2. Selected applicants will be invited to give an oral presentation of their abstract at their regional event.
  3. Each presenter is allocated 10 minutes maximum for their presentation and 2 minutes for questions and answers.
  4. A judging panel can select up to 2 trainees in each region to present — 1 trainee per category (adult medicine or paediatrics and child health).
  5. The judging panel reserve the right not to select a representative from their region if all submissions presented don't meet an acceptable high standard.

Congress presentation

The presentations at RACP Congress 2021 for all representatives takes on a shorter format, similar to that of a 3-minute thesis (3MT). There will be 5 minutes for presentation followed by 2 minutes for questions and answers.

If you have any enquiries about the Trainee Research Awards, contact your local RACP office.

Related content

Abstract guidelines
Past recipients
Terms and conditions

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