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Travelling Fellowship

Introduction | Aims | Value and criteria for use of grant | Eligibility | Purpose | Assessment process | Offers | Submission of Applications



The Australiasian Association for Academic Primary Care (AAAPC) aims to promote and develop general practice as a creative, cooperative and mutually supportive discipline. In particular the AAAPC encourages the exchange of ideas and supports activities that will support career development within academic general practice. The AAAPC Travelling Fellowship Program is one way in which the Association can fulfil its objectives.

Closing date is the 30th September each year! Why apply?


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Dr Joel Rhee

Dr Irene Blackberry

Prof Parker Magin

Dr Phyllis Lau

Dr Caroline Laurence

Dr Julia Walters

Dr Joel Rhee [Poster Presentation]

Ms Deb Askew [Poster Presentation]

Petya Fitzpatrick [Poster Presentation]

Dr John Furler [Poster Presentation]

Dr Clare McGuiness [PowerPoint Presentation]

Ms Donna Southern
Helen Tolhurst [PowerPoint Presentation]

Ms Patty Chondros
Amanda Barnard

Dr Marie Pirotta [Report]

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Aims of the AAAPC Travelling Fellowship Program

  • To enhance Australasian academic primary care*
  • To foster collaboration between Australasian primary care researchers and between Australian, New Zealand and international primary care researchers
  • To foster collaboration between academic departments where primary care research is conducted.
  • To provide assistance to members of AAAPC to undertake study leave within Australasia and/or internationally.

 * primary care includes general practice, allied health, community nursing, practice nursing

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Value and criteria for use of grant

Travelling Fellowships are offered up to a maximum of $3,000 for a study trip that must be taken in the year subsequent to the year of application. The funds are available to cover costs of travel to and from the host institution/s and to contribute towards accommodation costs. Airfares will be reimbursed for the cost of an economy airfare. Applicants should book the cheapest available fare wherever possible. Taxi fares will be reimbursed on submission of receipts. Applicants are expected to cover costs for meals and other incidentals. Travelling Fellowships will be offered in years where the Executive deem that sufficient funds are available. No more than 2 fellowships will be granted in any one year.


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Applicants must:

  • be current financial members of the AAAPC and have held membership for at least 1 year before applying
  • be actively involved in primary care research or teaching
  • have a written letter of offer from the Head of the host institution
  • have a written letter of support from the Head of their own institution
  • NOT have held an AAAPC Travelling Fellowship for at least 4 years

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The Travelling Fellowships are available for any purpose likely to meet the stated aims of the program. For example, an applicant may wish to travel to another institution to

  • initiate or continue a joint research or teaching project
  • undertake a mutually beneficial critical appraisal of the host department's teaching and research programs
  • deliver a teaching or research program in collaboration with the host department  top of page

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Assessment process

Short listing by Secretary using following criteria: Eligibility, purpose of trip

Peer Review - short-listed applications will be reviewed by three members of the AAAPC Committee Applications will be assessed on the basis of the purpose, itinerary and anticipated outcome(s) of the trip, the track record of the applicant, the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to Academic primary care and their future potential.

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The Secretary will inform the Applicants, in writing, of the outcome of the review process by November 30th.

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Submission of Applications

Applications must be in minimum font size 11 point. The signed original plus 4 copies should be submitted to the Secretary of the AAAPC NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30TH each year.

Applications will be short-listed and reviewed.

Successful applicants will be notified by November 30th


Your application must include:

  • Name Contact Details (include email and fax)
  • Location of proposed study trip
  • Offer of invitation from host institution
  • Letter of support from head of your institution/department
  • Plain language summary of proposed study trip (100-300 words)
  • Itinerary - include a day by day account of your proposed activities during the fellowship (2 A4 pages maximum, table format is preferred)
  • Budget - include travel and accommodation costs
  • Outcome (300 words) - explain how your proposed Fellowship will benefit yourself, your institution and the wider AAAPC community
  • Curriculum Vitae - no more than 6 pages
  • Referees: include name and contact details of 2 professional referees

Why Apply?

Kitty Novy
Secretary, AAAPC
University of Melbourne
Department of General Practice
200 Berkeley Street
Carlton VIC 3053

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