Travelling Fellowship

The Travelling Fellowship was reviewed in 2021 in light of the global pandemic, needs of the AAAPC members and our aim to foster collaborations and partnerships.

Travelling Fellowships are offered in years where the Executive deem that sufficient funds are available to support the award. The Fellowship will be reviewed annually to ensure it is best meeting the needs of our AAAPC members. The following are guidelines applicable to the AAAPC Travelling Fellowship 2021 only.


  • Foster collaborations between Australasian primary care researchers.
  • Enable partnerships with international researchers and/or external stakeholders.
  • Provide support particularly, but not exclusively for, those who are early career researchers.
  • Support First Nations primary care academics across Australasia.


The Travelling Fellowship is available for any activity that meets the aims of the program. This could include activities associated with carrying out research, teaching, professional development and impact.

Value and criteria for use of grant

Applications are welcome for amounts up to $2000. Fellowships must be used in the year specified in the application process. A total fellowship pool of $6000 is available.

One fellowship of up to $2000 will be allocated to a First Nations applicant (eligible application dependent).

The funds can contribute to travel costs and accommodation, plus other items such as professional development, direct research costs and conference registration. The funding cannot be used to cover costs for meals and other incidentals, or publication fees for academic journals.

Sajal Saha, 2021 recipient
Monash University

Sajal Saha is an academic pharmacist and a commonwealth scholar in the UK. He also graduated with a Master of Public Health with distinction and a prestigious John Griffith Prize from the University of Leeds, UK. Saha is a Pan Canadian Transdisciplinary Understanding on Training and Research in Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC) Trainee 2020. He is currently a PhD fellow of the Department of General Practice of Monash University and the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Australia.

Saha wants to use the AAAPC fellowship in conducting a workshop involving GPs, pharmacists and stakeholders to refine the GP-pharmacist antimicrobial stewardship (GPPAS) model designed as part of his doctoral program for future feasibility testing in optimising antimicrobial(s) use in Australian primary care, and presenting at the AAAPC Annual Research Conference in 2021. He believes that this grant will help him to generate a NHMRC investigator grant building upon the developed GPPAS model through building a solid network among Monash University, University of Toronto and the University of Melbourne.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a current financial member of AAAPC & have held membership for at least one year before applying; Student and First Nations members do not have a time limit on their membership for eligibility;
  • be actively involved in primary care research or teaching;
  • not have held an AAAPC Travelling Fellowship in the previous four years

Submission process

Applications must be in minimum font size 11 point. PDF versions (in one document) should be submitted electronically to the AAAPC Secretariat ( by 5pm (AEST) 9th July 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

Your application must include:

• Contact details, please include if you are a Student and/or First Nations academic

• Letter of support from head of your institution/department confirming that the financial support is NOT available from your home institution

• Plain language summary of proposed use of funding including aims & objectives and how it will contribute and further your primary care academic career (100-300 words)

• Outline of activities - include how your proposed activities clearly link to the aims of your fellowship (maximum two A4 pages; table format is preferred)

• Budget

• Outcome (max 300 words) - explain how your proposed Fellowship will benefit yourself, your institution and the wider AAAPC community

• Curriculum Vitae - no more than two pages

Assessment process

1. Eligibility check – the application will be reviewed for eligibility including the financial membership status of the applicant.

2. Peer Review - applications will be reviewed by three members of AAAPC (without conflicts of interest) based on the aims of           the Fellowship Program, in particular:

a) relevance to the goals and values of the Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care;

b) track record of the applicant relative to opportunity;

c) commitment to academic primary care;

d) likelihood that the fellowship will be of value to the applicant’s career in academic primary care.

Past recipients

 2021 Sajal Kumar Saha
 Monash University
 2020 Dr Michael Wright University Technology Sydney
 2018 Dr Xiaoping Lin Monash University
 2017 Prof Meredith Temple-Smith
 University of Melbourne
 2016 Dr Jennifer Walker
 University of Melbourne
 2015 Dr Joel Rhee
 University of New South Wales
 2014 Dr Irene Blackberry
 La Trobe University
 2012 Prof Parker Magin
 University of Newcastle
 2011 Dr Phyllis Lau
 University of Melbourne
 2010 Dr Caroline Laurence
 University of Adelaide
 2009 Dr Julia Walters
 University of Tasmania
 2008 Dr Joel Rhee
 University of New South Wales
 2007 Ms Deb Askew
 University of Queensland
 2006 Ms Petya Fitzpatrick
 Australian National University
 2005 Dr John Furler
 University of Melbourne
 2004 Dr Clare McGuiness
 Australian National University
 2002 Ms Helen Tolhurst
 Ms Donna Southern
 University of Newcastle
 Monash University
 2001 Ms Patty Chondros
 Ms Amanda Barnard
 University of Melbourne
 Australian National University
 2000 Dr Marie Pirotta
 University of Melbourne

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