AOARF PhD Scholarship


3 April 2023: Applications open for 2023 scholarships

30 April 2023: Applications close

Mid to late August 2023: Scholarship outcomes released


The AOA Research Foundation (AOARF) is pleased to offer a PhD scholarship to support trainees and members who wish to take a break from clinical work to pursue a doctorate. The scholarship is open to all AOA members, but is particularly targeted at trainees who are undertaking the PhD Pathway to meet the research requirement of the AOA 21 Training Program.


Applicants must:

  • Be a current financial member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Intend to pursue a PhD in a research area of relevance to orthopaedic surgery in Australia
  • Have received an unconditional offer of admission to a PhD program at an Australian university.

Additional eligibility criteria can be found in the Guidelines for the relevant scholarship below.

In order to apply for the PhD Pathway scholarship, trainees must be enrolled in the AOA 21 Training Program and have approval from the Federal Training Committee to pursue the PhD Pathway at an accredited site. The general PhD scholarship is open to all members, including trainees.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through the AOARF online application portal during the specified application period dates. Applicants will be required to register in the system using their name, email address and a password. Registration allows applicants to track their application and make changes (up to the application deadline). Applications may create an account at any time.

To access the online grant system, please visit

Prospective researchers should review the relevant PhD Scholarship Guidelines for more information about eligibility and assessment criteria. 


PhD Pathway Scholarship
(available to AOA 21 trainees only)


PhD Scholarship
(available to all AOA members)

A template of the online application form is available to download. This is to assist applicants in preparing their application.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed and ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific merit and strength of the proposed research project
  • Relevance of the proposed research to orthopaedic surgery
  • The applicant’s prior academic achievement, research experience and other relevant experience
  • Evidence of the applicant’s research capability and interest.

Further information

For further information about the AOARF PhD Scholarship and application process please contact Senior Research and Education Officer Belinda Balhatchet on or (02) 8071 8024.