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I am writing to request your assistance to promote the RACS Rowan Nicks Scholarships to suitable surgeons. The Rowan Nicks Scholarships are the most prestigious of RACS’ International Awards and are directed at surgeons who are destined to become surgical leaders of the future.


The Scholarship aims to provide opportunities for surgeons to demonstrate their potential to become leaders in their country of origin, and/or to surgeons who will return to supply a much-needed service in a particular surgical discipline, and to encourage greater interaction between the surgical communities of Australia and New Zealand and the rest of the Asia-Pacific.

Applicants must:

  • * be under 45 years of age; although exceptions may be made in special circumstances
  • * have completed their country’s post graduate qualification in surgery, and
  • * have passed the IELTS (academic module) or OET English Language exam with a minimum IELTS score of 7 out of 9 or a minimum OET score of B in all four components. We can help by emailing the learning and test practice material for the English test if requested.

The objective of the Rowan Nicks Scholarship is to ‘teach the teachers to teach others’, and the Selection Committee must be assured that Scholars have a sense of responsibility to the needs of their home base.


The Rowan Nicks Scholarships provides a living allowance. The value of the award may be reduced if the candidate receives a salary or funding from another source while undertaking the Scholarship program.

The Selection Committee would greatly appreciate your assistance in encouraging applicants for the Rowan Nicks Scholarship. I enclose the advertisement including the application criteria and the application form, and kindly request that you distribute to your network or publicise around the institution.

Applications for the 2020 Scholarship has been extended and closes on 31 August 2019.

If you have any queries please contact: MS AISHAH ISHAK, BY EMAIL: AISHAH.ISHAK@SURGEONS.ORG, TELEPHONE: +61 3 9249 1137 OR FAX: +61 3 9249 1236.

For further information about the Scholarship and application forms please visit the RACS website:


Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Yours sincerely

Associate Professor Michael Hollands, FRACS

Chair, Global Health Scholarships Committee


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