RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation

The RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation supports the philanthropic initiatives of RANZCOG in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health, Global Women’s Health and Women’s Health research, by raising and managing funds and providing grants that support RANZCOG’s vision of  Excellence and Equity in Women’s Health.

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

RANZCOG is very grateful to you for supporting its philanthropic work; you are helping create positive change.

With your support we can have considerable impact on the health and wellbeing of women now and into the future, in Australia and across the Pacific. We are hopeful your support of the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation will continue.

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.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Travel Grants 2021:

Applications Open

Each year, the RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation offers research scholarships, fellowships, and travel awards to those practising in the fields of obstetrics and gynaecology. The Foundation proudly supports promising fellows, trainees, clinical researchers and scientists in pursuit of high quality and innovative research in women’s health.
RANZCOG strongly supports early-career researchers and is committed to their promotion in the selection process. 

Applications are open from 30 April 2021 until 30 June 2021.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Travel Grants Now Open

Research Awards


Amount ($AUD)


Arthur Wilson Memorial Scholarship $30,000/year for 2 years A research scholarship offered to those with a focus on any aspect of obstetrics, gynaecology or related disciplines.
Fotheringham Research Scholarship $25,000/year for 2 years A research fellowship offered in all aspects of obstetrics, gynaecology and related disciplines.
Mary Elizabeth Courier Research Scholarship $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
$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.
RANZCOG NSW State Committee Trainee/Fellow Research Grants Trainees: $10,000 each
Fellows: $10,000 each for up to 2 years
(2 awards per category)
To support research projects undertaken by registered and financial FRANZCOG Trainees and early career RANZCOG Fellows resident in New South Wales, and to promote academia as a career pathway.
Robert Wrigley Pain Research Scholarship Up to $12,000/year for 2 years To promote research in gynaecologic surgery or surgical teaching.


Travel Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants


Amount ($AUD)


Beresford Buttery Travel Grant $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 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.
Miriam O'Connor Travel Scholarship Up to $8,000 A travel scholarship offered to assist Victorian FRANZCOG trainees or Fellows to undertake volunteer work and/or training in a low-resource setting.
RANZCOG NSW State Committee Travelling Scholarship 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

Applicants should refer to the Application Pack (PDF) which includes the following:
  • Application information
  • Policy on Research Assessment
  • Conditions of Award
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (next section below) for more detailed information, and then complete the relevant online application form:  
Applicants will be notified of application outcomes in late October 2021.

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 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 Scholarships, Fellowships and Travel Grants


Recipients of RANZCOG Scholarships, Fellowships and Travel Grants for 2021

The RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation is pleased to announce that the following applicants have been offered research and travel awards commencing in 2021.
Brown Craig Travelling Fellowship
Recipient: Dr Alexander Chen
Institution: China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan
Project: Dr Chen will undertake a 12-month Fellowship at the China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan to increase his exposure to open, laparoscopic, and vaginal surgery under the mentorship of well-respected gynaecological oncology and urogynaecological surgeons. 

Glyn White Research Fellowship
Recipient: Dr Teresa Macdonald
Institution: University of Melbourne
Project: Is increased fetal growth velocity during pregnancy associated with perinatal and neonatal indicators of pathological overgrowth?
Norman Beischer Clinical Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Tegan Triggs
Institution: Mater Mother’s Hospital
Project: Reducing emergency caesarean birth for fetal distress in women with small or poorly grown infants using Sildenafil Citrate – The RidStress 2 Randomised Controlled Trial.

RANZCOG NSW State Committee Fellow Research Grant
Recipient: Dr Supuni Kapurubandara
Institution: Westmead Hospital
Project: Improving the diagnostic workup of pelvic floor myofascial pain in women.

Recipient: Dr Amy Feng
Institution: Blacktown Hospital
Project: LigaSure Retractable L-Hook compared with Harmonic Ace +7 as a single instrument for total laparoscopic hysterectomy: Is bipolar energy superior to ultrasonic energy? A randomised controlled trial.

RANZCOG NSW State Committee Trainee Research Grant 
Recipient: Dr Dave Listijono
Institution: University of New South Wales
Project: NAD (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide)-raising agent as novel treatment for endometriosis: A pilot study.

Recipient: Dr Rahul Chatterjee
Institution: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Project: Forces exerted on the pelvic floor and perineum during normal and instrumental vaginal delivery.
UroGynaecological Society of Australasia Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Victoria Buckley
Institution: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Project: Prolapse surgery and the overactive bladder.

Continuing Projects


Projects Receiving Continuing Funding in 2021

Arthur Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Claire Henry
Institution: University of Otago, Wellington
Project: Molecular profile of Endometrial Cancer in New Zealand women

Fotheringham Research Fellowship 
Recipient: Dr Tristan Hardy
Institution: SA Pathology
Project: Pregnancy Loss to Preimplantation Genetic Testing: Improving the pathway for couples affected by stillbirth, congenital abnormality or neonatal death 

Norman Beischer Clinical Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Manarangi De Silva, The University of Melbourne
Institution: The University of Melbourne
Project: Improving maternal health in the Asia-Pacific Region

RANZCOG NSW Regional Committee Trainee Research Grant
Recipient: Dr Kelly McNamara, University of Sydney
Institution: University of Sydney
Project: Pregnancy Intention, Contraception and Obstetric Outcomes in Women Who Use Alcohol and Other Drugs in Pregnancy

NSW Regional Committee Trainee Research Grant
 Dr Katherine Whitton, Royal Hospital for Women
Institution: Royal Hospital for Women
Project: Can markers in serum and follicular fluid be used to predict the outcome of in-vitro oocyte maturation?

Robert Wrigley Pain Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Karen Chan, Women’s Health and Research Institute of Australia
Institution: Women’s Health and Research Institute of Australia
Project: Randomised double-blinded cross-over trial assessing the efficacy of topical amitriptyline combined with estriol in the treatment of women with pudendal neuralgia or vulvodynia

Beresford Buttery Travel Grant
Recipient: Dr Jennifer Pontré
Details: To support her travel to the University of Sao Paulo Medical School and Digimagem Diagnosticos Medicos, Sau Paulo, to undertake intensive training in transvaginal ultrasound for deeply infiltrating endometriosis.

Foundation Scholarship Presentation Ceremony 2019

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2019 RANZCOG Women's Health Foundation Research and Travel Scholarships.

RANZCOG President, Dr Vijay Roach presented certificates to scholarship recipients at a presentation ceremony held at College House.

RANZCOG President, Dr Vijay Roach, at the November 2019 Presentation Ceremony with recipients of RANZCOG Honours and 2020 RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation Scholarships.

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.


Ferring Research Grant

This grant provides funding to a FRANZCOG Trainee to support research that leads to improvements in education and training in obstetrics and gynaecology or that positively influences the overall standards of care for women.

Further details on grant conditions and eligibility requirements are available here.

How to Apply

Applications for the Ferring Research Grant 2022 are now open. 

Complete the online application form

Applications close at 9am on Thursday 30 September 2021.

About the Ferring Research Grant

The Grant is made available by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, a research-driven, biopharmaceutical company interested in supporting worthwhile programs and activities that advance medicine, science and healthcare.


Jean Murray Jones Scholarship

This Scholarship provides financial assistance to a FRANZCOG Advanced Trainee or RANZCOG Fellow to undertake training or professional development outside of Western Australia in the field of women’s health. Applicants should intend to take up a position in WA after completion of the Scholarship.

How to Apply

Applications  are now closed.

About the Jean Murray Jones Scholarship

The scholarship is made available from monies earned by the rental of the property generously bequeathed to the College by the late Dr Jean Murray Jones with the intention that this be used to benefit Fellows in WA.


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:

Phone: +61 3 9412 2993
Email: [email protected]

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