RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence

The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence competition is held to select State, Territory and New Zealand representatives to present their research work in Sydney in May 201​8.

Two (2) trainees, one presenting in the field of adult medicine and one presenting in the field of paediatric medicine, are selected to represent their State, Territory or New Zealand by the respective regional committee. Trainees from all RACP Divisions, Faculties and Chapters are eligible to apply.

The RACP Trainee Research Awards for Excellence are funded from donations received from Fellows and Trainees.

Applications are now closed

Refer to the table below for opening and closing dates of all States, Territories and New Zealand. 


Representatives of each region (State/Territory/New Zealand) will be given the opportunity to present their research in Sydney in May 201​8 and will receive the following benefits:

  • return economy class airfares from the place of nomination
  • accommodation for three nights (including breakfast) 
  • complimentary registration including Trainees Day (if still a trainee)
  • ​Attendance at Congress Gala Dinner

Eligibility criteria and application process


  1. Representatives selected must be a trainee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians enrolled in one or more of the following*:
    • Division of Adult Medicine;
    • Division of Paediatrics & Child Health;
    • Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine;
    • Faculty of Public Health Medicine;
    • Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine;
    • Chapter of Addiction Medicine;
    • Chapter of Palliative Medicine; or
    • Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine.

    *It is recognised that by the time the Congress is held the following year a presenter may have become a Fellow.

  2. The work may have been published or presented to a specialty society, Faculty or Chapter Meeting.

  3. The method of selection is competitive and judges consider and select on the basis of the criteria which includes: content (originality, significance and importance); the presentation (clarity of verbal communication, use of visual aids) and the presenter's contribution to the discussion.

  4. Trainees must present work in which they have made a significant contribution to the concept and execution. Originality is important but not an overriding consideration.

  5. Each presenter will be allocated 12 minutes for their talk (maximum), with an additional 3 minutes (maximum) for questions and answers.

  6. There will be a minimum of three judges (Award Review Panel) for each award session, to be identified and acknowledged at the start of judging.

  7. If no presentation is adjudged by the Award Review Panel to be of sufficiently high standard, a representative will not be selected.

  8. Representatives selected will be announced within one week of competition and names will be published in the relevant newsletters and/or bulletins.

  9. Representatives are invited to speak and present their research in a relevant session at the RACP Congress. Research may be updated but not substantially changed; presentation time allocated will remain the same although additional question time may be allowed.

  10. In the absence of a nominated presenter, the paper may be read by a substitute but the substitute will not be eligible for assistance with travel, registration or accommodation.

  11. Selected representatives will submit abstracts to the Congress Manager for inclusion in the final program handbook.

  12. Representatives will offer their abstracts to be published in the Internal Medicine Journal or in the Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, either as a print or online abstract supplement.

  13. The representatives will be announced and invited to receive a Certificate at the Congress Gala Dinner.

  14. Change of use of the prize will be considered for exceptional circumstances such as when a Division, Faculty or Chapter is not attending Congress due to an International Meeting in Australia which is more appropriate for the State/Territory/Regional representative to attend.

The College Terms & Conditions (Prizes) (PDF 62KB) apply.

​2017 Applications

Abstracts should be submitted to your regional office using the Abstract Template (.doc 180KB) by the closing date.

Please refer to the table below for regional abstract opening and closing dates:

  Abstract submission dates (2017)  
Region Open Close Submit abstracts to:  Regional competition date 
New South Wales/ Australian Capital Territory Thursday, 3 August  Thursday, 28 September  racpnsw@racp.edu.au Thursday, 16 November 
Northern Territory Friday, 7 July Friday, 1 September racpnt@racp.edu.au Saturday, 28 October
Queensland Friday, 28 July Friday, 22 September racpqld@racp.edu.au Wednesday, 1 November
South Australia Friday, 18 August Friday, 13 October racpsa@racp.edu.au Tuesday, 21 November
Tasmania Friday, 16 June Extended to Friday, ​25 August tas@racp.edu.au Friday, 15 September
Victoria Friday, 30 June Friday, 1 September racpvic@racp.edu.au ​Wednesday, 11 October
Western Australia In the field of adult medicine:
Friday, 21 July

In the field of paediatric medicine:
Thursday, 10 August
In the field of adult medicine:
extended to Friday, 6 October

In the field of paediatric medicine:
Thursday, 31 August
racpwa@racp.edu.au In the field of adult medicine:
Wednesday, 25 October

In the field of paediatric medicine:
Thursday, 5 October
New Zealand Wednesday, 14 June Wednesday, 13 September (in the field of adult medicine) In the field of adult medicine:

In the field of adult medicine:
Friday, 6 October 

Wednesday, 9 August (in the field of paediatric medicine) In the field of paediatric medicine:
Paediatric Society of New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting website
In the field of paediatric medicine:
Tuesday, 14 to Thursday, 16 November (as part of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting

For further details contact your regional office or foundation@racp.edu.au

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