ANZCA trainee bursary

ANZCA makes a number of bursaries available each year to assist anaesthesia trainees who are suffering severe financial hardship. Each bursary will be awarded in the form of a 50 per cent reduction in the annual training fee. Only registered trainees of ANZCA are eligible to apply. Additional eligibility criteria is provided below.

Trainees who apply for a bursary will receive an extension to the annual training fee due date:
Training country Fee due date (with extension)
Australia or New Zealand March 31


Criteria for assessment for bursaries:

  1. The assessment is based on equal opportunity without prejudice, regardless of gender, race, religion, age, pregnancy or other personal attributes.
  2. Applications must be received by the advertised due date of January 31 of the year in which the bursary is to be awarded for approval by the Trainee Bursary Evaluation Sub-Committee (TBESC) in February of the same year.
  3. A maximum of 20 bursaries may be provided by the college in any one year. Each bursary will be awarded in the form of a 50 per cent reduction in the annual training fee.
  4. Applications will only be considered from registered financial trainees of ANZCA. New trainees are eligible to apply and if approved will be given a 50 per cent refund of their annual training fee which they paid during the registration process.
  5. Those not eligible to apply are:
    • Applicants to the training program.
    • FPM trainees.
    • Trainees who are suspended or have conditions placed on their registration.
    • Trainees undergoing a trainee performance review (TPR) process.
  6. The process involves an assessment of the trainee’s income and expenditure balance. This assessment will be made solely on the basis of information supplied by the trainee on the application form, their training profile, any supporting documentation accompanying the application and minutes of previous TBESC meetings.
  7. Factors that may be relevant are as follows:
    • Voluntary or low paying humanitarian service.
    • Illness (personal or family related affecting ability to work full time/reducing ability to work).
    • Unexpected expenses beyond an applicant’s reasonable control.
  8. Factors which will not be taken into consideration are as follows:
    • Income reduction due to parental leave.
    • School fees.
    • Mortgage(s), hire-purchase(s) or loan repayments.
    • Completing multiple training programs.
  9. The decision by the TBESC to select any person for an ANZCA Training Bursary shall be entirely at the discretion of the TBESC without the need to provide any reasons therefore.
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