Research and Travel Grants

Our grants, awards, fellowships and scholarships enable Fellows, trainees, researchers and medical students to be recognised and supported throughout Australia and abroad.

Type: Trainee Grant

For: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trainees

Who’s Eligible: College trainees identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Preference is given to trainees in their final year of the training program, eligible to be awarded once only.

Where there are two or more eligible trainees, it is at the discretion of the ACD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee to determine the recipient.

Amount: up to $10,000, granted annually

Applications Open: TBA

Applications Close: TBA

About the Grant: Janssen provides Educational and Medical Grants to healthcare related organisations. Since 2019, Janssen has provided grant funds to the ACD for this educational grant to assist College in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trainees achieve their educational goals of Fellowship.

Administered by the ACD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee, this grant recognises the importance of fostering the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specialist dermatology workforce and improving skin health outcomes in Indigenous communities.

Criteria for Eligibility:
1. Be a trainee enrolled in the ACD trainee program, working towards their Fellowship
2. Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

Award Conditions: The grant can only be spent towards the trainee’s educational expenses and completion of training. This includes:

• Cost of examinations
• Cost for training fees
• Cost for conference (to cover registration, flights, accommodation and expenses)
• Other educational resources or equipment

The recipient must advise College on how the funds will be expended.
As this is an educational grant, there are no obligations for the recipient to acknowledge the funder in publications, presentations or other forums.

The ACD 56th Annual Scientific Meeting will be held on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja on 11-13 May 2024 at the Perth Conference and Exhibition Centre.

The College has established an award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and junior doctors to attend the College’s Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

The Award aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and junior doctors with an interest in dermatology with the following opportunities:

  • Access to the educational program at the ASM
  • Professional networking with College Fellows, registrars and other healthcare workers associated with the field of dermatology
  • Introduction to the educational and collegial activities of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

The Award: There are two categories of Award:

  • Registration for the ASM. Travel and accommodation costs up to $1,000.
  • Registration for the ASM only.

Application deadline: Sunday, 3rd March 2024. Please note late applications will not be accepted.

Criteria for Eligibility: Applicants must be medical students or junior doctors who identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Previous recipients are eligible and invited to apply however preference may be given to applicants who have not received the Award previously. 

Award Conditions: On conclusion of the ASM, Award recipients are required to write a letter to the College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee with a post-conference report of approximately 500 words, which may be published by the College either in print or on its website.

How to Apply: To apply, please download and complete the application form using the button below. Applications must be submitted by the closing date and include:

  1. Completed application form
  2. A letter from the applicant to the College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee of no more than 500 words, outlining:
    • Your interest in dermatology
    • How you believe attendance at the ACD ASM will be of professional benefit to you
    • Your interest, involvement and aspirations in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  3. A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. One letter of reference (from a supervisor)
  5. The name and phone number of one other referee
  6. Confirmation of Aboriginality from an incorporated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation, presented on official letterhead and signed by an authorised and contactable person.

The College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Committee will assess applications and decide the Award recipients and category of Award. Applicants will be advised of the outcome in mid-late March 2024.

If you have any questions about the Award, please contact us at (02) 8741 4112. 

Type: Trainee Grant

For: Trainees to travel to the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology

Who’s Eligible: College Trainees completing the Fellowship exam

Amount: Up to $10,000

Awarded: Post Fellowship exam to the most meritorious candidate in the Fellowship exam.

About the Grant: First offered in 1977, this prize is awarded to the most meritorious candidate in the Fellowship Examination. Galderma Australia Pty Ltd makes available $10,000.00 for the prize winner to attend the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting (or other approved meeting) the next year. The prize, as determined by the NEXC, is awarded to the candidate with the highest Overall Fellowship Examination Score.

The Award: The cost of airfare and accommodation for the travel to the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology will be covered. The recipient is expected to visit several dermatology departments as well as attending the Academy Meeting.

Recipients of this Fellowship are asked to apply for reimbursement of their expenses. Recipients will be required to furnish receipts and other documentation to substantiate their expenses.

Award conditions: The recipient must prepare a report, within three months upon return, for the Board meeting prior to the ASM. The report may be required to be presented at the ASM, and will be published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology.

Past Recipients
2021 Dr Charlotte Thomas
2020 Dr Francis Lai
2019 Dr Andrew Lee
2018 Dr Shevya Tiwari
2017 Dr Matthew Lin
2016 Dr Georgina Lyons
2015 Dr Christopher Heyes
Dr Julia Rhodes
2014 Dr Ann Boyapati
2013 Dr Lauren Young
2012 Dr Glen Foxton
2011 Dr Alana Tuxen
2010 Dr Kate Borchard
2009 Dr Yee Jen Tai
2008 Dr Genevieve Sadler
2007 Dr Gregory Butler
2006 Dr Gayle Ross
2005 Dr Amanda Dore
2004 Dr Adriene Lee
2003 Dr Laura Scardamaglia
2002 Dr Michael Sharkey
2001 Dr Clare Tait
2000 Dr Roland Brand
1999 Dr Belina Welsh
1998/ Dr Samantha Conias
1997 Dr Megan Andrews
1996 Dr Christopher McCormack
1995 Dr Bruce Tate
1994 Dr Douglas McColl
1993 Dr Karen Stapleton
1992 Dr Irene Grigoris
1991 Dr Timothy Elliott
1990 Dr Christopher Baker
1989 Dr Anne O’Neill
1988 Dr William Ryman
1987 Dr Elizabeth Willsteed
1986 Not awarded
1985 Dr Rodney O’Keefe
1984 Dr Gregory Goodman
1983 Dr Peta Mclaran
1982 Dr Frank Isaacs
1981 Dr Timothy O’Brien
1980 Dr Phillip Swarbrick
1979 Dr Dudley Hill
1978 Dr Philip Sion Bekhor
1977 Dr Ivan Maxell Robertson (inaugural)

About the Award: The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) is administering a research grant on behalf of Eczema Association of Australasia Inc to support and promote the undertaking of research by Fellows and Trainees of the ACD in Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema.  

Type: Research Grant

For: Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema research projects

Amount: TBC

Application Open: TBC

Application Close: TBC

Eligibility Criteria:  

  • Fellows and Trainees of the Australasian College of Dermatologists
  • Research must be undertaken in Australia for the benefit of Australians.
  • Funds will be administered to a single institution although the project itself can be collaborative and multi-institutional.
  • Projects must investigate clinical, scientific, health services or related research outcomes focusing on Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema.
  • Projects can be based on new or existing research.

Grant Conditions: Duration of up to 2 years. A report should be submitted on conclusion of the project. Appropriate acknowledgement of the grant should be made in any such publications. 

How to Apply: Download the application guide, marking criteria and application form. Please note, that these resources will become available closer to the grant opening.

Application Guide    Marking Criteria    Application Form

Dr F.C. Florance was one of Sydney’s early dermatologists and a founder of the College, who believed that dermatologists should benefit from overseas dermatological training and exposure to expand their practice. He helped ex-servicemen establish their dermatological practices upon returning from WW2.

The Florance Family bequeathed to College a donation which enabled the establishment of the Florance Bequest, which since 1987 has facilitated approx. 75 Fellows to undertake an approved course of study overseas. The Family has kindly supported College in the redirection of these funds to align with College’s Investment Strategy to support larger scale strategic research and innovation in the future.

To continue to honour Dr Florance’s name and vision, College has established a new award for Fellows to be presented annually at the Conferring Ceremony. Award nominations will be facilitated through Faculty Executives.

Previous recipients of the Florance Bequest are shown below.

Past Recipients
2019 Dr Ashling McNally, Dr Dana Slape, Dr Janet Kim
2018 Dr Annabel Stevenson, Dr Saleem Loghdey
2017 Dr Rebecca Saunderson, Dr Marguerite Seith, Dr Clare Tait
2016 Dr Niyati Sharma, Dr Stephanie Watson
2015 Dr Genevieve Casey, Dr Julia Rhodes, Dr Ryan de Cruz
2014 Dr Stephanie Arnold
2013 Dr Yan Pan, Dr Amanda Saracino, Dr Lauren Young
2012 Dr Desmond Gan, Prof Shyamalar Gunatheesan, Dr John Pagliaro, Dr Susan Robertson, Dr Michelle Rodrigues, Dr Leona Yip
2011 Dr Kate Borchard, Dr Anita Lasocki, Dr Liang Joo Leow
2010 Cl. Associate Professor Kurt Gebauer
2009 Dr Claire Grills, Dr Andrew Ming
2008 Dr Sophie Bakis-Petsoglou, Dr Jennifer Cahill, Dr Greg Siller, Dr Jason Wu
2007 Dr Rohan Crouch, Dr Michelle Goh, Dr Shannon Harrison
2006 Dr Nita Agar, Dr Alex Chamberlain, Dr Helen Saunders, Dr Nina Wines
2005 Dr Stephen Gilmore, Dr Anthony Hall, Dr Adriene Lee
2004 Dr Christopher Kearney
2003 Not awarded
2002 Dr Anne Howard
2001 Dr John Sullivan
2000 Dr David Francis, Dr Tasman Lipscombe, Dr Lachlan Warren
1999 Dr Phillip Artemi, Dr David Orchard, Dr David Su, Dr John Sullivan
1998 Dr John Fewings, Prof Shyamala Huilgol
1997 Dr Russell Hills
1996 Dr Douglas McColl, Dr Margaret Oziemski
1995 Dr Jo-Ann See, Dr Margot Whitfeld
1994 Dr Anne Halbert
1993 Dr Timothy Elliott, Dr Gregory Goodman, Dr Catherine Reid, Dr Margot Whitfeld
1992 Dr Thomas Delaney, Dr John Coates, Dr Dudley Hill
1991 Dr Christopher Baker, Dr Peter Hogan, Dr David Leslie, Dr Gillian Marshman
1990 Dr Peter Hogan, Dr Jill Cargnello, Dr Jeremy Horton
1989 Dr Elizabeth Willsteed, Dr Portia Millar, Dr Rosemary Nixon
1988 Dr Shawn Richards
1987 Dr Margaret Stewart, Dr Susanne Freeman

About the Award: The Scientific Research Fund Grant has been established to support research projects in dermatology. The goals of the Grant are to:

  1. Promote, develop, foster, and support research projects in clinical, scientific, health services or related research outcomes in dermatology.
  2. Provide funds to other institutions or organisations provided such funds are applied exclusively for the purposes of promoting, developing, fostering, and supporting research into Dermatology or allied or associated sciences.
  3. Encourage and assist research into sciences allied or associated with Dermatology.

Type: Research Grant

For: Dermatological research projects

Who’s Eligible: Fellows of the Australasian College of Dermatologists

Amount: $50,000

Application Open: TBC

Application Close: TBC

Criteria for Eligibility: See Application Guide. 

Award Conditions: A report should be submitted on conclusion of the project for publication, where possible. Appropriate acknowledgement of the grant should be made in any such publications.

How to Apply: The Application Guide, Marking Criteria and Application Form will be made available when the Grant opens. 

Application Guide       Marking Criteria        Application Form

Past Recipients
2022A/Prof Johannes Kern, Prof Nikolas Haass
2021A/Prof Erin McMeniman
2020A/Prof Johannes Kern
2019Dr Louise Photiou
2018Prof Shyamala Huilgol, ProfNikolas Haass
2017Dr Amanda Saracino, Dr Johannes Kern
2016Dr Mitchell Stark, Dr Shirley Potter
2015A/Prof Guy Lyons, Dr Philip Tong
2014A/Prof Gayle Fischer, Dr Rosemary Nixon
2013A/Prof Kiarash Khosrotehrani, Prof Wolfgang Weninger
2012Prof Diona Damian, Dr Jatin Patel
2011Dr Margot Whitfeld, A/Prof Diona Damian
2010A/Prof Kiarash Khosrotehrani, Dr Mathieu Rodero
2009A/Prof Gayle Fischer
2008A/Prof Stephen Gilmore
2007Prof Rodney Sinclair
2006Not awarded
2005Not awarded
2004Dr Rodney Sinclair, Dr Margot Whitfeld
2003Prof Robin Marks
2002Dr Con Dolianitis, Dr Rodney Sinclair

Type: Trainee Grant

For: The Fellowship may be used by trainees for 12 months accredited training for the FACD, to gain dermatological experience and relevant expertise at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford, UK.

Who’s Eligible: The Fellowship shall be awarded annually to a trainee of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

Amount: Up to $40,000

Australasian College of Dermatologists and the Churchill Hospital have donated $40,000 and £18,000 respectively to enable trainees of the Australasian College of Dermatologists to obtain clinical dermatological experience at the Churchill Hospital. The amount available for the Fellowship may vary from year to year.

The grant is available for a training position for provisional accreditation as part of the four year training program of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. In addition, to gain accreditation the applicant must submit progress reports of his/her duties by 1 May and 1 September and a detailed report must be submitted at the end of the approved year of training. These reports must be certified by the head of the training program.

Closing Date: Applications should be received no later than 1 March. Under no circumstances will applications be considered if they reach College after this date.

Past Recipients
2012 Dr Genevieve Casey
2011 Dr Stephanie Arnold
2010 Dr Rebecca Dunn
2009 Dr Dougal Coates
2008 Dr Kavita Sriprakash
2007 Dr Cara Holmes
2006 Dr Jennifer Cahill*
2005 Dr Johanna Kuchel*
2004 Dr Shannon Harrison*
2003 Dr Andrew Satchell*
2002 Dr Louise Le Mire*
2001 Dr Alex Chamberlain*
2000 Dr Stuart Murray*
1999 Dr Karen Behne*
1998 Dr Adam Sheridan*
1997 Dr Sally Ball*
1996 Dr Lloyd Hale*
1995 Dr Zoran Gaspar*
1994 Prof Shyamala Huilgol**
1993 Dr Rodney Sinclair**
1992 Dr Thomas Delaney, FACD**
1991 Dr Mark Healsmith**
1990 Dr Ian Younger**
1989 Dr Linda Pepall**

* Recipients of the Novartis Dermatology Research Fellowship

** Recipients of the Novartis (formerly Sandoz) Dermatology Research Fellowship before being attached to the Churchill Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Type: Trainee Grant

For: The Fellowship may be used by trainees for 12 months accredited training for the FACD, to gain dermatological experience and relevant expertise at the St John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, London, UK.

Who’s Eligible: The Fellowship shall be awarded annually to a trainee of the Australasian College of Dermatologists.

Amount: Up to $40,000

The Australasian College of Dermatologists donates $40,000 to enable trainees of the Australasian College of Dermatologists to obtain clinical dermatological experience at St John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin. This will be supplemented by a grant from St John’s. Currently the Fellowship is with Dr Sean Whittaker. The amount available for this fellowship may vary from year to year.

The grant is available for a training position for provisional accreditation as part of the four year training program of the Australasian College of Dermatologists. In addition, to gain accreditation the applicant must submit progress reports of his/her duties by 1 May and 1 September and a detailed report must be submitted at the end of the approved year of training. These reports must be certified by the head of the training program.

Closing Date: Applications should be received no later than 1 March. Under no circumstances will applications be considered if they reach College after this date.

Past Recipients
2014 Dr Annika Smith
2013 Dr Amit Verma
2012 Dr Vanessa Palmer
2011 Dr Linda Martin
2010 Dr Aaron Boyce
2009 Dr Marguerite Byrne
2008 Dr Susan Robertson
2007 Dr Yee Jen Tai
2006 Dr Katherine Armour
2005 Dr Edward Upjohn
2004 Dr Nita Agar
2003 Dr Hoang Ly
2002 Dr Martin Wade
2001 Dr Adriene Lee
2000 Dr Selim Ozluer
1999 Dr Karyn Lun
1998 Dr Eric Poon
1997 Dr Simon Yong-Gee
1996 Dr Robert Stephens
1995 Dr Yu-Chuan Lee
1994 Not awarded
1993 Dr Christina Saywell
1992 Not awarded
1991 Dr Hock Cheng Chua
1990 Dr Elizabeth Chow
1989 Dr Catherine Reid

Type: Trainee Grant

For: Trainee to attend the Annual Conference of the New Zealand Dermatological Society

Who’s Eligible: ACD Trainees for each alternate year (2016, 2018, 2020 etc)

Amount: Up to $2,000

Application Open: 5 February 2024

Application Close: 30 May 2024

About the Grant: The Trans-Tasman Exchange Scholarship was established by the Australasian College of Dermatologists and the New Zealand Dermatological Society in 2001 to enable attendance at each association’s Annual Scientific Meeting. The scholarship is awarded alternately by the two associations.

Criteria for Eligibility: Provide an abstract that meets the NZDSi guidelines (refer to Abstract Guidelines below).

The Award: The cost of one return economy airfare between the recipient’s home city and the conference city, and accommodation during the meeting. The total value of the scholarship does not exceed AU$2,000. The registration fee of the Annual Scientific Meeting will be waived.

Award Conditions: The recipient is required to present their accepted paper at the 2025 New Zealand Dermatological Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting and to provide the College with a report of the conference on return.

How to Apply: Applications should include a letter to the Meeting & Events Oversight Group setting out reasons as to why they should be selected and a copy of their abstract. Submit your application via the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Past Recipients
2023 Dr Leah Jones (NZDS)
2022 Dr Emily Shao
2021 Dr Jenny Chung (NZDS)
2020 Dr Tom Kovitwanichkanont
2019 Dr AJ Sykes (NZDS)
2018 Dr Sara De Menezes
2017 Dr Helen Gordon (NZDSi)
2016 Not awarded
2015 Dr Peggy Chen (NZDS)
2014 Dr Matthew Lin
2013 Dr Chin Yun Lin (NZDS)
2012 Not awarded
2011 Dr Ritva Vyas (NZDS)
2010 Not awarded
2009 Dr Diana Purvis (NZDS)
2008 Dr Brad Jones (ACD)
2007 Dr Ben Tallon (NZDS)
2006 Dr Wendy Liu (ACD)
2005 Not awarded
2004 Dr Alex Chamberlain (ACD)
2003 Dr Amy Stanway (NZDS)
2002 Dr Adrian Lim (ACD)