Scholarships & Grants

Orthoptics Australia offers a number of Grants and Scholarships aimed at fostering and promoting research and assisting OA members to undertake professional development in the field of orthoptics. These grants are offered to members of the association, and aim to foster and promote clinicians to engage in research and professional development. Follow the links below for more information and application forms.

Graduate Research Scholarship

The Zoran Georgievski Research Memorial Research Scholarship is offered conjointly by La Trobe University and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Applications are now open for this scholarship. The successful candidate will be required to enrol in a Masters or PhD within the Discipline of Orthoptics at La Trobe University. The Scholarship includes a tax-free stipend and there is potential for the applicants to earn an additional income through assistance in undergraduate teaching. Applications close 5.00pm, Friday 27 July 2018. Find out more and how to apply...

 

OA Research Grant

This grant is aimed for researchers conducting pilot studies in order to promote research in areas related to the vision sciences. The amount awarded will depend on funds available but will be up to a maximum amount of $5,000. More than one award may be given if funds are available.

The principal researcher seeking the funds must be a financial member of the Orthoptics Australia, registered with the Australian Orthoptic Board and the study is to be conducted within Australia or New Zealand.

Funding Amount: Up to $5,000 of funding is available each year.

Closing Date: 30th June annually.   Extended until 5.00pm (AEST), 30th September 2020

Download: OA Research Grant Guidelines   OA Research Grant Application Form

Submissions: Please email your application to office@orthoptics.org.au

 

OA VIC Branch Small Project Grant

The Victoria Branch of Orthoptics Australia is now offering an annual small project grant. The aim of this grant is to foster and promote clinicians to engage in research. This project may be for a clinical audit, survey of clinical outcomes, literature / systematic review or a research project. Funding for other types of projects will also be considered.

Funding Amount: Up to $1,000 of funding is available each year.

Closing Date: 12 December 2018

Download: OA VIC Branch Small Project Grant Guidelines    OA VIC Branch Small Project Application Form

Submissions: Please email your application to office@orthoptics.org.au

 

OA VIC Branch Clinical Education Grant

This VIC Branch Clinical Education Grant is for an orthopist who wishes to undertake a short course in clinical education that will develop their skills in successfully facilitating student learning during clinical placements.

In order to promote excellence in clinical education VIC Branch will financially support one Orthoptist each year to attend the Advanced Clinical Education short course or another similar course as selected by the applicant.

Eligibility:  The principal researcher seeking the funds must be:

  • a member of the Victorian Branch of Orthoptics Australia for at least the last two (2) years

  • involved in clinical supervision.

Funding Amount: Up to $1,000 of funding is available each year.

Closing Date: To be confirmed

Download: OA VIC Branch Clinical Education Grant Guidelines    OA VIC Branch Clinical Education Grant Application Form

Submissions: Please email your application to office@orthoptics.org.au.

   

OA VIC Branch Regional Orthoptist July Scientific Meeting Registration Grant

The OA Vic Branch has established a grant to assist its regional members to attend the Vic Branch July Scientific Meetings (JSM). The once yearly grant is open to:

Download: OA VIC Branch Regional Orthoptist July Scientific Meeting Registration GrantJSM Regional Grant Assessment Rubric

Submissions: Please email your application to vic@orthoptics.org.au

 

OA NSW Branch Student Grant for Continuing Education Events

The OA NSW Committee has established an annual student grant to assist its members to attend Continuing Education events which provide valuable additional learning opportunities. The applicant must be an OA student member. The student grant covers the cost of continuing education attendance registration. It may be used for the Continuing Education Weekend or the Continuing Education AGM Day. Each applicant may only be awarded the grant once.

Download: OA NSW Branch Student Grant Application Form

Submissions: Please email your application to office@orthoptics.org.au

 

OA NSW Branch Rural Grant

The Orthoptics Australia NSW Branch has established an annual rural grant to assist its members to attend Continuing Education events. The applicant must be an OA member and be living outside the Sydney CBD/Wollongong/Central Coast/Blue Mountains areas.

The annual grant is intended to cover Continuing Education attendance and travelling expenses up to $500. It may be used for the Continuing Education Weekend or the Continuing Education AGM Day. Each applicant may only be awarded the grant once each three year period (ie the same person is not eligible for the grant in consecutive years).

Download: OA NSW Branch Rural Grant Application Form

Submissions: Please email your application to office@orthoptics.org.au

 

Pfizer/OA QLD Branch Travel Grant

Pfizer sponsor one rural/regional Queensland Branch OA member for travel/accommodation/registration expenses to attend the annual Queensland Continuing Education Day. This grant is up to a value of $500.

Eligibility: This travel grant is available to rural/regional Queensland OA members.

Sponsor: Pfizer (administered in conjunction with the Orthoptics Australia QLD Branch)

For more information or to apply for this grant, contact the OA QLD Branch at QLD@orthoptics.org.au.

 

OA Zoran Georgievski International Travel Grant

This travel grant, awarded by Orthoptics Australia, is in memory of Associate Professor Zoran Georgievski. This grant aims to encourage and facilitate participation in key international events among those orthoptists who are in the early stages of their career.

Associate Professor Georgievski was a Victorian orthoptist who dedicated his career to the education of orthoptists and to the progressive development of the profession. He inspired colleagues and students alike to make a difference in the orthoptics profession, and encouraged the active participation in professional development programs.

The grant is intended to support an orthoptist to attend and present at the International Orthoptic Congress (IOC), held every four years. The value of the International Travel Grant is AUD $2,000.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be members of Orthoptics Australia and have been a member for at least the last three consecutive years. The Zoran Georgievski International Travel Grant is only awarded to individuals who present at the IOC. The travel grant will not support orthoptists intending to attend the IOC without presenting.

Funding Amount: AUD $2,000 every four years

Download: OA Zoran Georgievski International Travel Grant Application Form

Submissions: Please email your application to office@orthoptics.org.au

 

External Grants/Scholarships

A number of external organisations or institutions offer grants and scholarships to orthoptists or orthoptic students. Below is a list of the related allied health grants /scholarships available. Follow the links below for more information.
 

Research Scholarships

The Dora Lush (Biomedical) Postgraduate Research Scholarships are designed to encourage science or health-related honours graduates of outstanding ability to gain full-time medical research experience in Australia. All candidates must enrol for a higher degree.

The scholarships are awarded initially for one year full-time, however, subject to suitable progress reports being received, may be renewed for one year full-time with the possibility of an additional one and one-half years part-time. Normally, the maximum period of the award will be three years.

Eligibility:

  • Third year combined MBBS/Ph.D. students; or

  • Australian citizens who have already completed a science or health-related honours degree, or equivalent, at the time of submission of application; or

  • Science or health-related honours graduates and unregistered medical/dental graduates from overseas who have permanent resident status and are currently residing in Australia.

Sponsors:  

  • Australia Department of Health and Ageing;

  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia; Training Scholarships

Contact:

Centre for Research Management & Policy, NHMRC
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
+1 (800) 500-983
+61 (0) 2-6289-9132
E: research@nhmrc.gov.au
W: www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/scholarships.htm

 

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program supports students with the costs of studying at university or at a vocational education and training institution. The scholarships are valued at up to $18,000 each and are available to support students studying for six months full-time or up to 8 years part-time, on campus, or through online and distance education.

Scholarships are for qualifications from Certificate IV; Diploma; Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; Bachelor Degree; Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; Master Degree or a Doctoral Degree.

Eligibility:

  • You must be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or a New Zealand citizen living in Australia.

  • You must have commenced or be commencing your Eligible Course of Study in 2020.

  • Your permanent home address must be in a regional or remote area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

Sponsor:  Department of Education

Contact:

QTAC
T: 1800 290 979
W: https://www.qtac.edu.au/rres-program/contact-us

 

NSW Rural Allied Health Clinical Placement Grants

NSW Rural Allied Health Clinical Placement Grants provide financial assistance to both rural and urban allied health students with the travel and accommodation costs of rural clinical placements.

Placement grants of up to $750 (or $1,000 for placements at Broken Hill) are offered each semester. Grants are awarded on the basis of the duration of the placement and the cost of travel associated with accessing the placement.

Eligible Area:

The term “rural” refers to areas covered by rural Local Health Districts:

  • Far West

  • Western NSW

  • Northern NSW

  • Mid North Coast

  • Murrumbidgee

  • Southern NSW

  • Hunter New England (excluding: Cessnock, Maitland, Port Stephens, Newcastle, and Lake Macquarie LGA)

  • Illawarra Shoalhaven (excluding: Kiama, Wollongong and Shellharbour LGA)

  • Nepean Blue Mountains (Lithgow LGA only)

Application Status:   Open from 27 January 2020 to 3 April 2020

Sponsor:  NSW Health Department

Contact:  

Scholarship Coordinator
T: 02 9844 6570
E: HETI-scholarships@health.nsw.gov.au or MOH-AlliedSchol@health.nsw.gov.au

 

NSW Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarships

Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarships are offered to students from a rural background undertaking "entry level" studies in allied health leading to a degree that qualifies the student to practice. Up to 50 NSW Rural Allied Health Scholarships, valued up to $10,000, are offered each year.

Eligible Area:

The term “rural” refers to areas covered by rural Local Health Districts:

  • Far West

  • Western NSW

  • Northern NSW

  • Mid North Coast

  • Murrumbidgee

  • Southern NSW

  • Hunter New England (excluding: Cessnock, Maitland, Port Stephens, Newcastle, and Lake Macquarie LGA)

  • Illawarra Shoalhaven (excluding: Kiama, Wollongong and Shellharbour LGA)

  • Nepean Blue Mountains (Lithgow LGA only)

Application Status:   Open from 27 January 2020 to 3 April 2020

Sponsor:  NSW Health Department

Contact:  

Scholarship Coordinator
T: 02 9844 6570
E: HETI-scholarships@health.nsw.gov.au or MOH-AlliedSchol@health.nsw.gov.au