RACGP Rex Walpole Travelling Fellowship

This round will open at 5 March 2018 (AEDT) for submissions.

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The RACGP has established a travelling fellowship in memory of one of its most dedicated Fellows, Rex Outhwaite Walpole. Rex was a general practitioner in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne for over 30 years until appointed as the foundation Medical Director of the Victorian Academy of General Practice (1976-1984).

During his professional life he was chairman of the Medical Education Committee in Victoria and was the first to use public television as a medium for the education of doctors. He was editor of the Australian Family Physician from 1972-1974 during its rise to become one of the most respected and successful medical journals in Australia. He was the chairmam of the Accreditation Committee both in the Victoria Faculty and medical editor of check program. He organised the outstanding national conference on 'Country Towns and Country Doctors' and was the senior college negotiator in establishing the joint Diploma in Obstetrics.

One of his major contributations to the training of future doctors was the establishment of the Academy Fellowship Programme. He was also involved in the Australian Medical Association, was a medical officer to the Royal Victorian Institute for the blind, and was a member of the Monash Faculty Board as well as a member of various hospital boards and committees of foundations.

Award details

The followship, to the value of $2,500 (excluding GST), is designed to support a plan to travel for a general practitioner and must be used within 12 months of being awarded. Travel can be either within Australia or overseas.


To be eligible for the Rex Walpole Travelling Fellowship, the principle investigator must be:

  • a general practitioner or general practice registrar; and
  • an early career researcher

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • training potential for applicants 40%
  • quality of the proposal 20%
  • potential benefits to be gained from travel to the individual, the profession and the RACGP 20%
  • vaule for money 10%
  • potential to build capacity in general practice 10%


Applications for this research grant will open in March 2018. For more information email foundation@racgp.org.au.