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RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation


The RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation aims to foster clinical and scientific research in women’s health, support global health projects, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori women’s health initiatives. 


History & Work

RANZCOG has long supported women’s health research through the work of the RANZCOG Research Foundation; a separate entity to the College until 2014, when its operations were transferred to a newly established Foundation within the College.

Through the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation, under oversight of the Research Grants Committee, the College continues to fund promising early-career researchers across Australia and New Zealand by annually awarding those research fellowships, scholarships and travel grants previously offered by the RANZCOG Research Foundation.

The RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation supports the philanthropic activities of the Global Health Committee, including the development of medical, midwifery and research skills in the reproductive health workforce in the Pacific, by managing and raising funds for their use. With time it is hoped that funds raised will grow the work of this important Committee as well as provide funding support for other worthwhile causes. In this regard, the Brian Spurrett Foundation Management Committee was disbanded during late 2014, and the associated funds and activities bearing the Brian Spurrett name are now managed and administered collaboratively between the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation and the Global Health Committee.
 

Support the Foundation
 

The College is very grateful to all those who have supported its philanthropic work in the past and is hopeful that this support will continue to grow under the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation.

Donate to the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation


RANZCOG members are also able to donate to the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation via the payments section within the My.RANZCOG Members Portal. To make a donation, please log into your myranzcog portal, select a nominated amount or specify an ‘other’ amount and choose the Pay option.
 


 

Grants and Scholarships for Research or Travel

The RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation continues to offer research scholarships previously offered by the RANZCOG Research Foundation.

Each year, the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation offers a number of research and travel scholarships to those practising in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. The RANZCOG Research Grants Committee assess applications using a process modelled on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) process with revisions to ensure, as much as possible, that early-career support for high-quality researchers with a commitment to women’s health is promoted through the selection process. 

Applications open in late April and close on 30 June each year.


Scholarship, Fellowship & Grant Categories

 

Research Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

Scholarship/Fellowship Amount ($AUD) Purpose
Arthur Wilson Memorial Scholarship, 2020-2021 $30,000/year for 2 years For research in any aspect of obstetrics and gynaecology and related disciplines.
Fotheringham Research Fellowship, 2020-2021 $25,000/year for 2 years For research in any aspect of obstetrics and gynaecology and related disciplines.
Mary Elizabeth Courier Research Scholarship, 2020-2021/2022 $40,000/year for 1, 2 or 3 years For research into cancer amongst women; specifically, cancer of the cervix and/or uterus.
Norman Beischer Clinical Research Scholarship, 2020-2021 $30,000/year for 2 years For clinical-based research leading to the attainment of a PhD or equivalent Research Higher Degree, in any aspect of obstetrics, gynaecology and related disciplines.
Robert Wrigley Pain Research Scholarship, 2020-2021 $12,000/year for 2 years To promote improved care of patients with pelvic pain.
RANZCOG NSW Regional Committee Trainee/Fellow Research Grants, 2020 Trainees: 2 awards of $10,000 each
Fellows: 2 awards of $10,000 each
To support research projects undertaken by accredited FRANZCOG Trainees and early career RANZCOG Fellows resident in New South Wales, and to promote academia as a career pathway.
Taylor-Hammond Research Scholarship, 2020 $20,000 To promote research in gynaecologic surgery or surgical teaching.
UGSA Research Scholarship, 2020 2 awards of $20,000 each To promote clinical or basic science research in urogynaecology.
     



Travel Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants

Scholarship/Fellowship Maximum amount ($AUD) Purpose
Beresford Buttery Travel Grant, 2020 $5,000 For travel to any country for the purpose of making a particular study of any scientific, research or clinical subject relating to the practice of obstetrical or gynaecological ultrasound.
Brown Craig Travel Fellowship, 2020 2 awards of $5,000 each To present a scientific paper at a RANZCOG ASM/another relevant interstate or international scientific meeting/to visit any country outside Australia or NZ for the purpose of making a particular study of any scientific, research or clinical subject relating to the practice of obstetrics or gynaecology.
Luke Proposch Travelling Fellowship, 2020 $4,000 To present a scientific paper at a RANZCOG ASM/another relevant interstate or international scientific meeting/to visit any country outside Australia or NZ for the purpose of making a particular study of any scientific, research or clinical subject relating to the practice of obstetrics or gynaecology. The scientific paper or study must be related to perinatal medicine.
RANZCOG NSW Regional Committee Travelling Scholarship, 2020 2 awards of $10,000 each or 1 award of $20,000 To support NSW FRANZCOG Trainees to train in a developing country in the Asia Pacific region.

 

How to Apply
 

NOTE: Applications for 2020 are now closed. Applications for 2021 will open next year, in late-April.

Applicants should first refer to the Application Pack (below) which includes the following:

  • application information 
  • assessment policy
  • individual scholarship conditions.
Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions below for more detailed information. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application following the Research Grants Committee meeting in September each year.

Scholarship Application Pack 2019 (PDF)
Research-Based Application Form 2019 (Word)
Travel-Based Application Form 2019 (Word)

 


Frequently Asked Questions

 

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
  • Consumables
  • Conference attendance
  • 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 by clicking on the name of the scholarship(s) you are applying for in the Categories menu above.
 

Are retrospective applications acceptable? For example, for travel already completed?

No – only prospective applications will be eligible for consideration.
 

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 a scholarship if I already hold a RANZCOG Foundation scholarship? 

Generally the answer is yes, however you will not be entitled to the 10 point loading (see the Policy on Research Grant Assessment) which may affect your likelihood of being successful. Some scholarships specifically exclude current/previous scholarship holders so applicants will need to check individual scholarship conditions before applying.


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.
 

Recipients of Research Grants and Scholarships

 

Recipients of RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation Scholarships & Fellowships Commencing in 2019

The RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation is pleased to announce that the following applicants have been offered scholarships commencing in 2019.


Ella Macknight Memorial Scholarship, 2019-2020

Recipient:  Dr Monika Skubisz                             
Institution:  South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
Project:  A randomised controlled trial to investigate the necessity of prenatal folic acid supplementation beyond 12 weeks of gestation.
 
Glyn White Research Fellowship, 2019-2020 
Recipient:  Dr Roxanne Hastie            
Institution:  University of Melbourne/Mercy Hospital for Women
Project:  Improved Characterisation of Eclampsia (ICE study).
 
Mary Elizabeth Courier Research Scholarship, 2019-2020
Recipient:  Dr Daniella Susic
Institution:  University of New South Wales/Royal Hospital for Women
Project:  The uterine microbiome in obesity-related endometrial cancer: identifying it's composition and relationship with clinicopathological features and local and systemic biomarkers.
 
Norman Beischer Clinical Research Scholarship, 2019-2020
Recipient: 
 Dr Carole-Anne Whigham
Institution:  University of Melbourne/Mercy Hospital for Women
Project:  Detecting Circulating Maternal Biomarkers to Predict Fetal Size: FLAG 2 (Fetal Longitudinal Assessment of Growth).

RANZCOG NSW Regional Committee Trainee Research Grant 2019 (Four awarded)
Recipient:  Dr Kata Kraljevic
Institution:  Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital
Project:  How and what do obstetricians discuss with pregnant women who have had a caesarean section regarding their next birth options, and is this consistent with the best available evidence?
 
Recipient:  Dr Sameer Mathur
Institution:  Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital
Project:  The use of cervical cerclage for women at risk of preterm birth: a survey of current clinical practice and predictors of cerclage success.
 
Recipient:  Dr Russell Duncan
Institution:  Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Project: A potential role for the Ghrelin axis in endometriosis.
 
Recipient:  Dr Nicole Stamatopoulos
Institution:  Nepean Clinical School                     
Project: Factors affecting early pregnancy and miscarriage.
 
Taylor-Hammond Research Scholarship 2019
Recipient:  Dr Joseph Carpini
Institution:  The University of Western Australia
Project: Unlocking the “Black Box”: Effects of Cognitive and Emotional Demands on Surgical Performance in OBGYN.

UGSA Research Scholarship 2019 (Two awarded)
Recipient:  Dr Zhuoran Chen
Institution: University of New South Wales
Project:  Refractory Urge Incontinence: the role of cytokines a marker for persistent infection in these patients?
 
Recipient:  Dr Chin Yong
Institution: The Royal Women’s Hospital
Project:  Bilateral sacrospinous ligament flap for treatment of apical pelvic organ prolapse: a combined cadaveric study and magnetic resonance imaging study.
 

Travel Scholarships/Fellowships

Miriam O’Connor Travelling Scholarship 2019
Recipient:  Dr Rangi De Silva
Institution:  Mercy Hospital for Women
Details:  For the purposes of undertaking an observership at the National Referral Hospital, Honiara, Solomon Islands.
 
RANZCOG NSW Regional Committee Travelling Scholarship 2019
Recipient:  Dr Vasukhi Sivagnanam
Institution: St Vincent’s Hospital
Details:  For the purposes of providing obstetrics and gynaecology service as registrar in the National Referral Hospital (NRH), Honiara, Solomon Islands.
             

The following projects will continue to be funded in 2019.  

Arthur Wilson Memorial Scholarship, 2018-2019
Recipient:
 Dr Natasha Pritchard
Institution: The University of Melbourne
Project: Novel therapeutic agents to treat pre-eclampsia in obese mice models.


Fotheringham Research Scholarship, 2018-2019

Recipient: Dr Maya Reddy                                                
Institution: Monash University
Project: The cardiovascular toll of pre‐eclampsia:  determining impacts on the maternal, fetal and placental vasculature.

 

Previous Scholarship recipients

You can view previous Foundation scholarship recipients, 2015 to present (PDF). 


You can view previous RANZCOG Research Foundation Scholarship Recipients 1989-2014 (PDF).
 


Foundation Scholarship Presentation Ceremony 2018
 

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018 RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation Research and Travel Scholarships. 

Outgoing RANZCOG President, Professor Steve Robson and Professor Jonathan Morris, Chair, RANZCOG Research Grants Committee presented certificates to seven of the scholarship recipients at a presentation ceremony held at College House.

L to R: Scholarship recipients Dr Kata Kraljevic, Dr Daniella Susic, Dr Zhuoran Chen, Dr Chin Yong, Dr Rangi De Silva, Dr Roxanne Hastie and Dr Carole-Anne Whigham attended the 2018 RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation Scholarship awards ceremony.


Foundation Scholarship Presentation Ceremony 2017
 

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation Research and Travel Scholarships. Several of the talented recipients were recognised at a presentation ceremony held at College House, where they spoke about their research projects and travel plans.
 


 


Foundation Scholarship Presentation Ceremony 2016
 

At the 2016 RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation Scholarship Presentation Ceremony, outgoing RANZCOG President, Professor Michael Permezel, presented certificates to seven of the scholarship recipients. We congratulate all of the recipients and wish them well as they commence their research projects.

L to R: Scholarship recipients Dr Kirsten Palmer, Dr Nirmala Kampan, Dr Rachael Rodgers, Dr Tanya Nippita, Dr Noor Lokman, Dr Sarika Gupta and Dr Jason Phung attended the 2016 RANZCOG Foundation Scholarship awards ceremony held at College House, Melbourne in November.
 


The Liam and Frankie Davison Award

The Liam and Frankie Davison Award recognises outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health, by students in their final three years of secondary school.

Read about how to apply on the Liam and Frankie Davison Award page.

 

More Information                 

For more information, please contact the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation Coordinator:

Phone: +61 3 9417 1699
Email: [email protected]

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