Travelling Fellowship

The AAAPC aims to promote and develop primary care as a creative, cooperative and mutually supportive discipline. In particular the AAAPC encourages the exchange of ideas and supports activities that will support career development within academic primary care. The AAAPC Travelling Fellowship Program is one way in which the Association can fulfil its objectives.

The aims of the Fellowship are to:
  • Provide assistance to members of AAAPC to undertake academic activities that involve travel from their usual place of work
  • Enhance Australasian academic primary care including general practice, allied health and nursing in a community setting
  • Foster collaboration between Australasian and international primary care researchers
  • Foster collaboration between academic departments where primary care research is conducted.
    The Travelling Fellowship is available for any purpose likely to meet the stated aims of the program. For example, an applicant may wish to travel to another institution to: initiate or continue a joint research or teaching project; undertake a mutually beneficial critical appraisal of the host department's teaching and research programs; or deliver a teaching or research program in collaboration with the host department.

    Travelling Fellowships are offered at a maximum of $3,000 and must be taken in the year subsequent to the year of application. The funds are available to contribute towards costs of travel to and from the host institution/s and accommodation.

    Dr Xiaoping Lin, 2018 Recipient

    Monash University

    Visited Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto


    Eligibility criteria

    Applicants must:
    • Be a current financial member of the AAAPC and have held membership for at least 1 year before applying
    • Be actively involved in primary care research or teaching
    • NOT have held an AAAPC Travelling Fellowship in the previous 4 years

    Submission process

    Applications must be typewritten in black. Minimum font size 11 point.

    PDF versions (in one document) should be submitted electronically to by 30 November 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

    Applications will be short-listed and reviewed.

    Applications must include:

    • Contact details (including email and fax)
    • Location of proposed study trip
    • Offer of invitation from host institution
    • Letter of support from head of applicant's institution/department including acknowledgement that the leave will be approved by the applicant's organisation
    • Plain language summary of proposed study trip including aims and objectives and how it will contribute and further applicant's primary care research career (100-300 words)
    • Itinerary (including weekly account of proposed activities clearly linking to the aims of the trip (2 A4 pages maximum, table format preferred)
    • Budget (including travel and accommodation costs)
    • Outcome explaining how Fellowship will benefit applicant, applicant's institution and the wider AAAPC community (300 words)
    • Curriculum Vitae (no more than 6 pages)

    Assessment process

    Applications will be short-listed and reviewed by three members of the AAAPC Executive Committee on the basis of the aims of the Fellowship program, in particular:

    • Of their relevance to the goals and values of the AAAPC
    • The track record of the applicant taking into consideration their career trajectory
    • The applicant's demonstrated commitment to academic primary care
    • Likelihood that the trip will be of value to the applicant's further career in academic primary care
    The Secretary will inform the applicants in writing of the outcome of the review process within six weeks of the close of applications.

    Past recipients

     2018 Dr Xiaoping Lin
     Monash University
     2017 Prof Meredith Temple-Smith
     University of Melbourne
     2016 Dr Jennifer Walker
     University of Melbourne
     2015 Dr Joel Rhee
     University of New South Wales
     2014 Dr Irene Blackberry
     La Trobe University
     2012 Prof Parker Magin
     University of Newcastle
     2011 Dr Phyllis Lau
     University of Melbourne
     2010 Dr Caroline Laurence
     University of Adelaide
     2009 Dr Julia Walters
     University of Tasmania
     2008 Dr Joel Rhee
     University of New South Wales
     2007 Ms Deb Askew
     University of Queensland
     2006 Ms Petya Fitzpatrick
     Australian National University
     2005 Dr John Furler
     University of Melbourne
     2004 Dr Clare McGuiness
     Australian National University
     2002 Ms Helen Tolhurst
     Ms Donna Southern
     University of Newcastle
     Monash University
     2001 Ms Patty Chondros
     Ms Amanda Barnard
     University of Melbourne
     Australian National University
     2000 Dr Marie Pirotta
     University of Melbourne

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