How to apply

Each grant or scholarship has specific application criteria.
The following grants and scholarships are available:

Avant Doctor in Training Research Scholarship Program

Up to $450,000 total | Open March to May 2021


Supports Australia's promising young doctors to advance their careers by developing life-changing research that promotes better patient outcomes.


Who can apply


Avant members in one of these categories: Intern, RMO, Doctor in Training or New Fellow, who are:

  • 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 Program applications open: 1 March 2021
  • DiT Research Scholarship Program applications close: 31 May 2021
  • Review of applications: June - September 2021
  • Scholarship recipients notified: Late September 2021




The Avant Doctor in Training Research Scholarship Program 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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Avant Foundation Grants

Expressions of interest


The Avant Foundation provides funding to support research, education and leadership programs designed to make a real difference to quality, safety and professionalism in practice.


The Avant Foundation uses an expression of interest process in order to determine the extent to which applications are aligned with the mission of the Foundation. After assessment, we will invite selected applicants to submit a more detailed application. These will then be reviewed before funded projects are announced in June.


Who can apply


The Foundation may provide funding to:

  • Entities[1] who
    • are in the healthcare industry and
    • have Deductible Gift Recipient status (but not another ancillary fund) listed with the Australian Taxation Office under Item 1 of the Table in Section 30.15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997; or
    • do not hold DGR status.
  • Medical practices that hold (at the time of application and throughout the project period) a Practice Medical Indemnity Policy with Avant Insurance Limited;
  • Medical practitioners
    • who hold (at the time of application and throughout the project period) a Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy with Avant Insurance Limited in a practitioner Category of Practice, that is, not Intern/RMO or a Doctor in Training;
    • who are an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia and based in Australia;
    • who are a practising medical practitioner registered with the Medical Board of Australia.

    Medical practitioners must be a project leader with responsibility for the design, execution and management of the project. If a project involves other people you must confirm these people’s consent to you being the project leader. Grants are awarded on an individual basis and other parties are not eligible to receive any part of the grant; and must have the support of your employer if you are applying on their behalf

    [1]including but not limited to:

    Medical Research Institutes

    Medical/Healthcare Foundations,


    Medical Colleges and Societies

    Hospitals or Hospital Group (public or private)

    Local Hospital Networks or Local Health Districts

    Primary Health Networks




    • Expressions of interest: Close on 31 January 2021




    The following are selection criteria for the Avant Foundation Grants EOI:

    • Relevance of the project  to the Foundation’s objectives
    • The project type (e.g. research, education)
    • The project topic area (e.g. domains of quality improvement, professionalism)
    • The leadership experience of the project team
    • The design of the project


    To find out more download our information pack.

Avant / AAPM Scholarship Program

Up to $4,000 per recipient towards enrolment fees, total of $20,000 (5 recipients)   |  Applications closed


Partnering with the Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM) scholarships, Avant promotes professional development for practice managers, for better-managed practices and improved patient care.


Who can apply


Practice managers can apply directly. In 2020, we’ll again be offering five scholarships for online practice management study with University of New England (UNE) Partnerships.



  • Avant / AAPM Scholarship applications open: 8 September 2020
  • Avant / AAPM Scholarship applications close: 16 October 2020
  • Review of applications: end October 2020
  • Scholarship recipients notified: November 2020




To be considered for a scholarship, you must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be a full financial member of AAPM or the main contact of a Full Financial Practice Member. Non-members can apply for membership prior to applying for the scholarship.
  • Currently employed in a medical practice in a practice manager (or similar) role.
  • Completed a minimum of Year 12 education level or have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in practice management.
  • Meet any other entry criteria for the Advanced Diploma/Diploma/Certificate required by UNE Partnerships for admission into the relevant courses.
  • Be prepared to cover any additional costs associated with the nominated course enrolment and complete the nominated course of study within three years of the granting of the scholarship.


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Avant and Interplast Student Placement Program

Gives a medical student the chance to travel with an Interplast team as they provide free reconstructive surgery for communities in need in the Asia-Pacific.


Who can apply


To be eligible to apply for this student placement, you must be:

  • A current member of Avant over 18 years of age, with a current Avant Student Indemnity Insurance policy at the time of the prize draw; and
  • An Australian and New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia who is based in Australia.



  • Due to current international travel restrictions this program is on-hold


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Avant and Interplast New Fellow Placement Program

The program provides one recently fellowed plastic surgeon the chance to travel with an Interplast team who will be providing free surgical treatment and training to a community in need in the Asia-Pacific region.


Who can apply?


To be eligible to apply for this new fellow placement, you must:


  • be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • be a medical practitioner registered with the Medical Board of Australia
  • hold a FRACS in Plastic Surgery and be within the first 5 years post completing your training
  • hold an Avant professional indemnity insurance policy
  • agree to all of Interplast’s volunteer registration requirements, including providing two referees for Interplast to contact and undertake a Criminal History Check
  • provide a medical certificate stating fitness to travel to a developing country (if required)
  • provide all information as required by Interplast and Avant Mutual to effectively and appropriately organise their participation in the Program activity.



  • Due to current international travel restrictions this program is on-hold


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Applying for a grant or scholarship

To apply for an Avant grant or scholarship, complete the appropriate application form and submit it (during the application period), and any additional information requested by Avant. Applications should be made via the online application portal. Avant will not include incomplete applications in the review process.

Want to know more?

If you would like to find out more about any of Avant's Grants or Scholarships, fill out and submit this form. We will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.