Do you have an idea for improving the practice of medicine and enhancing patient care? The Avant Doctor in Training Research Scholarship Program helps emerging researchers to conduct studies that contribute to a stronger future for healthcare, while advancing their careers.

The program provides funding for life-changing research to promote better patient health outcomes. Launched in 2012, the scholarship was created in response to the difficulties young doctors face in securing research funding, and has since supported research across a wide range of specialities.


Since its inception the program has awarded 91 scholarships worth a total of $2.5 million. The 2019 program will provide up to $450,000 in full-time and part-time research funding, together with grants for short-term projects. The award categories include new fellows, accredited trainees and pre-vocational doctors.


Applications for the 2019 Avant Doctor in Training Research Scholarship Program are now closed

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To apply you must be:

  • An Avant intern, RMO or Doctor in Training member; and
  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia; and
  • Registered with the Medical Board of Australia; and
  • Enrolled in a recognised research program.
  • DiT Research Scholarship applications open: 4 February 2019
  • DiT Research Scholarship applications close: 31 May 2019
  • Review of applications: June-August 2019
  • Scholarship recipients notified: September 2019

The Doctor in Training Research Scholarship has eight points of selection criteria, including:

  • Your quality improvement and leadership experience
  • Research topic area
  • Project status (new, continuing), rationale and objectives
  • Sustainability of project outcomes and ongoing impact 
  • How important funding is to the project
  • Level and type of supervision
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See what past recipients have achieved

With the support of the Doctor in Training Research Scholarship, young researchers have made important contributions to improving quality in medicine. Their innovative studies have advanced the fields of surgery, rehabilitation, anaesthetics and medical administration.

It's at this stage that you need to give young researchers the opportunity to shine and that's what Avant has done.
Dr Laila Ibrahim
2015 scholarship recipient
Focus on: previous recipients

Dr Emily Fitzpatrick | 2016 Recipient

NSW - Paediatric Registrar, Quality in Medicine – Part-time | Scholarship amount: $25,000

There is little research into improving community engagement processes and seeking consent for research with Indigenous people. In response, Dr Emily Fitzpatrick, together with senior Aboriginal leaders of the Fitzroy Valley communities, initiated The Picture Talk Project. The project investigates how researchers can communicate in a more culturally appropriate and comprehensive way when seeking consent for research.

Having previously been involved with the Lililwan Project, Dr Fitzpatrick wanted to support Aboriginal children, trying to fill the huge gap in their health and wellbeing. The Picture Talk Project tackles an important health problem that was threatening the oral traditions affecting the children of the community. 


With funding from Avant, Dr Fitzpatrick can continue her collaboration with community leaders in this project. The support also gives her a flexible timeline to ensure it is culturally respectful and ethically sound. 


“This very unique research has enabled me to demonstrate to national and international medical audiences how research with Aboriginal communities can be conducted in a way that is empowering and equitable. I am very hopeful the work we did will have an impact on current NHMRC policies and protocols, as well as with other indigenous communities around the globe,” Dr Fitzpatrick said.


“I am exceptionally proud to be a recipient of the Avant Doctor in Training Scholarship. It is a great honour and privilege to be acknowledged for all the time, effort, passion, patience and persistence spent in ensuring the success of The Picture Talk Project.” 


Dedicated to paediatric issues for low socioeconomic communities, Dr Fitzpatrick presently works in Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals. 


Her research project is still in progress.

Dr Felix Ng | 2016 Recipient

VIC – Neurology | Scholarship amount: $12,500

One in six Australians will have a stroke in their lifetime, with stroke killing more Australians than breast and prostate cancer. The faster effective treatments are given, the higher the chance of a complete recovery.


Dr Felix Ng’s project aims to develop a new evaluation method to help hospitals detect and analyse problems in their systems of care that may delay stroke treatment. 


Using this method, any hospital in the world can self-evaluate their system and improve the quality and speed of their care. 


With a Masters of Public Health from James Cook University, Dr Ng has focused on public health, seeking to improve healthcare and the various models of its delivery. 


He has been involved in the Rural Inter-Professional Project at the University of Melbourne, designed to improve quality in healthcare, including community oncology care in regional and rural areas of Victoria. 

Dr Jonathan Kaufman | 2015 Recipient

VIC – Paediatrics | Scholarship amount: $25,000

Urinary tract infections are common in young children. Untreated, they can lead to permanent renal scarring, meningitis and severe sepsis. Urine samples are required to diagnose or exclude infections, but collecting samples from pre-continent children can be difficult. 


Dr Jonathan Kaufman’s research demonstrated that a simple cutaneous stimulation method, dubbed ‘Quick-Wee’, increased the rate of infant voiding for clean catch urine within five minutes. The process should help clinicians collect urine samples quickly, to guide immediate clinical decision-making for faster treatment. It may ultimately inform Australian and international guidelines for investigation of urinary tract infections in young children in the future. 


Dr Kaufman says he is humbled and grateful to Avant for the support of the Doctor in Training Research scholarship. “Particularly for junior doctors who are combining part-time research and clinical training like myself, it’s a unique opportunity because most of the research scholarships available are for full-time research only,” he said. “Scholarships like this allow you to bring your research to a higher standard and really opens the door to future opportunities to collaborate with senior researchers, and then over time develop more independent research and then hopefully a career which combines clinical work and academic research.”


Dr Kaufmann presented his study at the Australasian Society of Emergency Medicine National Conference. He was awarded the Best Trainee Paper prize and Paediatric Trainee Research award for excellence at the Victorian RACP Trainee Research Awards. He has published several papers has presented at international conferences. His research is pivotal in diagnosing urinary tract infections in young children, particularly those under 2 years. 

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