Scholarship, Fellowship and Travel Grant FAQs
Can scholarship funds be used for salary supplementation?
Yes – the proposed use of funds is one aspect of the project that the assessment committee will examine as part of the assessment process. The Deed of Agreement relating to RANZCOG Foundation scholarships states that:
“Scholarship/Fellowship funds may be used for any of the following areas in part or in full:
Salary of the scholar
Salary of a research assistant for the project
Other expenses (excluding infrastructure) – to be stated in expenditure statement.”
You should also refer to the individual conditions of the scholarship(s) you are applying for. These are available in the application pack.
Is a one year research project completed part time over two years eligible for a scholarship with a one year tenure?
Applicants may apply for funding for a project running longer than the scholarship term, however they should note the stipulation in the assessment policy that: “Applications from researchers whose projects can reasonably be expected to be completed within the tenure of the scholarship, fellowship or grant for which they are being considered for possible award will be given preference over those that exceed the tenure of the award.”
Can I apply for more than one scholarship in a year?
Applicants may apply for more than one scholarship, but may not submit applications for more than one research project or more than one travel placement in any one year. Applicants should also check the individual scholarship eligibility conditions before applying.
Can I apply for a travel scholarship if I do not have a confirmed attachment/placement?
Unfortunately we are unable to accept travel scholarship applications without a confirmed attachment/placement.
When will I hear back about my application?
Recommendations on scholarship recipients are made at the Research Grants Committee meeting which is held in the last week of September. Following this, the recommendations need to be ratified, which can take several weeks. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome of their application by mid to late October.
Conflict of interest definition
The RANZCOG policy on conflicts of interest is consistent with the published guidelines of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). A Conflict of Interest is defined as:
Direct involvement in the application as an investigator at any level (high)
Direct or potential involvement due to a personal financial interest in the outcome of the granting process (high)
Personal involvement as a scientific or departmental/institutional colleague (high)
student/supervisor relationship with any of the applicants during the past five years
Departmental conflicts are defined as a colleague within an identifiable organisational group from which joint benefit may follow award of the grant i.e. members of the same research institute or affiliated university department, faculty or hospital
Perceived involvement due to a family/personal relationship, either currently or in the past (high)