2024 RACGP Foundation PhD Scholarships

Submissions closed at 5:00PM 3 November 2023 (AEDT).

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The RACGP is pleased to offer two PhD top-up scholarships to support outstanding GPs and GPs in training to undertake PhD research in 2024. These scholarships are offered in partnership with university departments of general practice to facilitate the pursuit of rigorous research in general practice.

Award details

Two top-up scholarships are available. Each scholarship provides:

  • $25,000 per annum for a maximum 3.5 years for full-time PhD candidates, or pro-rata for a maximum 7 years for part-time candidates.
  • $5,000 per annum (or pro-rata for part-time candidates) provided for use towards professional development and research translation activities.
  • A peer cohort experience and opportunities for networking and industry placements within the RACGP, where possible.

This award is made available by the RACGP Foundation, as the philanthropic arm of the RACGP.


  • Applicants must be a GP who has attained FRACGP or FACRRM, a GP in training, or accepted into the GP training program for commencement in 2024.
  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Applicants must undertake the PhD at an Australian university.
  • Applicants must have applied for or received a primary scholarship or equivalent salary support from their university.
  • Applicants must intend to commence their PhD by 31 March 2024 or have already commenced their PhD no more than 12 months prior (full-time equivalent).
  • Applicants must be undertaking a research project that is directly relevant to general practice and the RACGP's priorities and strategic objectives.
  • An academic GP must be actively involved in the supervision of the applicant's research.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Suitability of the applicant 40%
  • Quality and relevance of the proposed research 30%
  • Suitability of the academic supervision 30%


Applications for the PhD Scholarships will close at 5pm on Friday 3 November 2023. For more information, please email foundation@racgp.org.au.