RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program

2020 applications open Tuesday 1 October to 5pm AEST, Saturday 30 November 2019.

The RACP Indigenous Scholarship Program is for those who identify as being of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Islander heritage.

The Scholarships provide a funded pathway through either Basic, Advanced, Faculty or Chapter training in Australia and New Zealand. They are valued up to AU$40,000 over 3 or 4 years, depending upon training pathway chosen, and cover:
  • RACP training fees for the duration of either Basic or Advanced, Faculty and Chapter training
  • examination fees
  • attendance at Congress or a relevant Annual Scientific Meeting each year – return economy airfare, registration fee and 3 nights' accommodation
  • AUD$2,500 lump sum intended as cash assistance at beginning of Scholarship

Applicants must read the terms and conditions before applying.


Basic, Advanced or Chapter Training

College Indigenous Health Scholarship
The Scholarship is made possible by the Fellows of the RACP.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarship
The Scholarship is comprised of grants from Siggins Miller Consultants, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, an anonymous benefactor and Associate Professor Noel Hayman.

New Zealand Indigenous Health Scholarship
New Zealand Pacific Islander Health Scholarship

These Scholarships is made possible by the New Zealand Fellows of the RACP.

Indigenous Health Scholarship for Paediatrics and Child Health
The Scholarship is made possible by the Paediatric & Child Health Division of the RACP.

Faculty Training

Indigenous Health Scholarship for Occupational & Environmental Medicine
The Scholarship is made possible by the Fellows of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environment Medicine.

Indigenous Health Scholarship for Rehabilitation Medicine
The Scholarship is made possible by the Fellows of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The John McLeod Indigenous Health Scholarship in Public Health Medicine
The Scholarship is made possible by the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the RACP in memory of the late Dr John McLeod, who was nationally and internationally renowned for his work in public health and his significant contribution towards improving the health status of Indigenous peoples.


To apply for an Indigenous Health Scholarship, you must be a:

  • trainee currently enrolled in a RACP Divisional, Faculty and Chapter Training program
  • medical graduate accepted into a RACP Divisional Training Program
  • medical graduate applying to be accepted into a RACP Divisional Training Program

Note: For medical graduates, the awarding of the Scholarship is dependent upon their acceptance into a RACP Training Program.

Successful applicants

  1. Applicants are required to provide proof of Indigenous heritage through the following options:
  2. Attend Congress or relevant Annual Scientific Meeting (as approved by the RACP Foundation) is compulsory. Scholarship recipients are responsible for securing leave to attend with their employer.
  3. The Award benefits are provided to the applicant for one cycle of training only. A repeated attempt(s) of an entire Training Program or part of, such as an examination, aren't covered under the Scholarship.
  4. Recipients must display satisfactory progress at the end of each year to confirm the continuation of their Scholarship.
  5. Applications will be reviewed by an Award Review Panel that is comprised of cultural representatives and relevant Division, Faculty, Chapter and training representatives of the College.
  6. The Award terms and conditions apply throughout the entirety of the Scholarship.
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