Research Establishment Fellowships

Applications for 2023 funding are now closed.

Research Establishment Fellowships are available to Fellows and advanced trainees who want to establish themselves in a research career. To be eligible, you must meet one of the 2 criteria:

  • you've completed a Masters, PhD or equivalent research higher degree no more than seven years ago
  • you hold a research higher degree and are within 2 years of returning from working or studying overseas for a period of more than 12 months

Funding provided by most of the awards can be used for:

  • stipend support
  • other support such as laboratory set-up costs
  • a short-term research assistant appointment

Applicants who hold NHMRC, MRFF or other Category 1 funding, which would be held concurrently with an RACP Fellowship, will be given lower priority when considered for RACP funding.

It's important to read all information provided as each award has specific criteria.

Read the Award terms and conditions*.

*Revised terms and conditions apply to these awards from 1 May 2022.


Fellows Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To encourage and support research in any medical specialty areas represented by the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Value: Up to AUD$75,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas.

The Fellowship is supported by contributions made by RACP Life Fellows.

RACP Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To encourage and support the promotion of research in any medical specialty areas represented by the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Value: Up to AUD$50,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas.

The Fellowships are supported by contributions from RACP members.

RACP MAIC Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To promote research capacity and capability to improve knowledge on:

  • medical conditions or illnesses which cause or contribute to motor vehicle accidents (MVAs)
  • medical treatments or approaches that improve health outcomes for people involved in MVAs
  • rehabilitation of people who sustain a temporary or permanent disability through MVAs
  • improving longer term outcomes of people injured in MVAs including pain management, community re-integration, psychosocial, mental health and vocational outcomes

Value: Up to AUD$60,000 per annum for 2 years.
Eligibility: Australian Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Queensland only.
The exception to this is if an applicant can demonstrate a benefit to the state of Queensland from the research being undertaken elsewhere in Australia.
Special requirements: The Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) requires a final report that outlines how the outcome of the research contributes towards lessening the risk of MVA injuries, and/or improving the outcomes of people injured in MVAs.

The Fellowship is supported through a grant from the Queensland Motor Accident Insurance Commission matched with funds from the RACP.

The Jacquot Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To assist establishment of a career in nephrology research for a nephrologist who has completed a research higher degree in an area of relevance. Research may be either basic or clinical. The award can be used for:

  • stipend support
  • other support such as laboratory set-up costs
  • a short-term Research Assistant appointment
  • assist with travel and re-establishment costs for those taking up a postdoctoral fellowship overseas

Value: Up to AUD$90,000 per annum.
Eligibility: Nephrologists who are Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.

The Fellowship is supported by the Estate of the late Don and Lorraine Jacquot and co-administered with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology (ANZSN).

Barbara Cameron Australian Rheumatology Association Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To promote and encourage research into the cause and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Applicants need to demonstrate the project’s capacity for knowledge transfer to professionals and patients.
Value: Up to $50,000
Eligibility: Australian and New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP, its Divisions, Faculties and Chapters or members of the Australian Rheumatology Association
Tenable: Australia, New Zealand or overseas.
Special requirements: If the applicant is not a member of the RACP, a member of the research team must be member.

The Fellowship is supported through a bequest of the late Barbara Cameron, and jointly administered by the RACP and the Australian Rheumatology Association

Cottrell Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: For research or training in the areas of epidemiology, social or community medicine or for research or training relating to areas of special relevance to the Asia-Pacific area.
Value: Up to AUD$75,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.
Special requirements: Applicants should highlight the relevance of the project to epidemiology, social or community medicine, or the Asia-Pacific region.

The Fellowship is supported through a bequest of the late Dr Jack Dinham Cottrell.

Croxon Research Establishment Fellowship for Alzheimer's Disease Research

Purpose: For research or training into the causes, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.
Value: Up to AUD$75,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas.

The Fellowship is supported by a bequest from the late Alfred Croxon.

The Sir Roy McCaughey Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To further research in any medical specialty areas represented by the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Value: Up to AUD$75,000.
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: New South Wales only.

The Fellowship is supported through a bequest of the late Sir Roy McCaughey.

The Robert Maple-Brown Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To encourage and support the promotion of research in any medical specialty areas represented by the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Value: Up to AUD$60,000.
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas.

The Fellowship is supported through the generosity of The Maple-Brown Family Charitable Foundation Ltd, in memory of the late Mr Robert Maple-Brown AO.

Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To further research in the area of diseases associated with ageing and to promote leadership and community spirit within the profession and the community.
Value: Up to AUD$60,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows or Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.
Special requirements: Applicants must submit —

  • in addition to academic merit, a brief summary demonstrating their community involvement, integrity of character and leadership qualities within the community and/or the profession
  • 2 x confidential referee reports regarding their character, community involvement and leadership qualities
The Fellowship is supported through a grant from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, matched with funds from the RACP Foundation.

RACP Australian Diabetes Society Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To assist a current or future RACP Fellow in establishing a career in diabetes research. Research may relate to any form of diabetes and be from any domain, including basic, clinical, epidemiological, health services or translational research.
Value: Up to AUD$50,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australian Fellows or Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters, who are current financial members of the Australian Diabetes Society for at least 12 months prior to the submission date.
Tenable: Australia only.
Special requirements: Recipients must present their research findings at the Australasian Diabetes Congress within 2 years.

The Fellowship is made available by a grant from the Australian Diabetes Society, matched with funds provided by members of the RACP.

RACP AFRM Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To further research in an area of rehabilitation medicine in the management of functional loss, activity limitation or participation restriction arising out of illness and injury.
Value: AUD$50,000 for 1 year
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM).
Tenable: Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Fellowship is supported by the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine Endowment Fund.

RACP Bayer Australia Medical Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To further research in cardiovascular, anti-infective and metabolic medicine.
Value: Up to AUD$50,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas.

The Fellowship is supported through a donation from Bayer Australia Ltd, matched with funds from the RACP Foundation.

RACP Diabetes Australia Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To promote clinical and basic research into the causes, prevention and treatment of diabetes.
Value: Up to AUD$50,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.

The Fellowship is supported through a donation from Diabetes Australia Research Trust, matched by funds from the RACP Foundation.

RACP Endocrine Society of Australia Research Establishment Fellowship in Endocrinology

Purpose: To further research in endocrinology.
Value: Up to AUD$50,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters, who are members of the Endocrine Society of Australia.
Tenable: Australia only.

The Fellowship is supported through a grant from the Endocrine Society of Australia, matched with funds from the RACP Foundation.

RACP/Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To further research in the fields of blood pressure, hypertension and associated cardiovascular diseases. The research may be either basic or clinical but preference will be given to research relevant to new clinical developments.

Funding is primarily to provide stipend support. Use of a proportion of the funds will be considered for:

  • other support such as laboratory set-up costs
  • a short-term Research Assistant appointment

Value: Up to AUD$50,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Fellows and trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia only.

The Fellowship is supported through a grant from the Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research, matched with funds from the RACP Foundation.

The Servier Staff 'Barry Young' Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To further research in the field of oncology and the prevention and cure of cancer.
Value: Up to AUD$50,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.

The Fellowship is supported through a grant from Servier Laboratories in honour of former Managing Director, the late Mr Barry A. Young OAM FRACP (Hon), matched with funds from the RACP Foundation.

Awards unavailable in 2023

The Roger Bartop Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To promote basic and applied research in nutrition, obesity and diabetes. Funding can be used:

  • to provide stipend support
  • other support, such as laboratory setup costs
    and/or
  • for the appointment of a short-term research assistant

Value: Up to AUD$60,000 for one year.
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas.

The Fellowship is made possible duet to the generosity of the Bartop family in memory of Dr Roger Bartop FRACP.

RACP Australian Rheumatology Association & D.E.V Starr Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To further research into the field of rheumatic diseases.
Value: Up to AUD$50,000.
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters or members of the Australian Rheumatology Association.
Special requirements: If the applicant is not a RACP member, then a person in their research team must be.
Tenable: Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand or overseas.

The Fellowship is supported through a donation from the Australian Rheumatology Association, matched with funds from the RACP Foundation and a bequest from D.E.V. Starr.

RACP GSK Research Establishment Fellowship

Purpose: To further medical research in the areas of respiratory medicine, vaccine-preventable disease and/or oncology. Preference will be given to research with relevance to Indigenous health.
Value: Up to AUD$50,000 for 1 year.
Eligibility: Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows and Advanced Trainees of the RACP's Divisions, Faculties and Chapters.
Tenable: Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Fellowship is supported through a grant from GSK Australia, matched with funds from the RACP Foundation.
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