Scholarships and Fellowships

Detailed below is a brief description of the various research scholarships, prizes, awards and travelling fellowships available to CSANZ members.

For further enquiries please phone +61 2 9226 7900 or email info@csanz.edu.au.


R T Hall Prize

The R T Hall Prize is the most prestigious research award of CSANZ and recognises the achievements of senior and established investigators. The Prize is awarded in open competition and is directed towards recognition of sustained and outstanding research achievement.

The R T Hall Prize will be awarded to an individual investigator for a coherent body of work, which advances knowledge of the cardiovascular system and its diseases. In exceptional circumstances, the Prize may be awarded to a small group for an outstanding contribution in the field of cardiology. The work must have been published in a scientific journal or journals. Work published in book-form and thesis, which has been accepted for higher degrees, may also be submitted. The investigator must be a CSANZ member and the work must have been substantially undertaken in Australia or New Zealand.

Applications are now open – until 25 November 2019

List of previous R T Hall Prize Recipients


CSANZ-ACvA-ESC Ambassador Fellowship

The CSANZ-ACvA-ESC Ambassador Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for an ECR/MCR CSANZ member to expand their international collaborations and to have the experience of presenting as an invited speaker at an international cardiology meeting.

Applications are invited from CSANZ members, who meet the selection criteria, to present as an invited speaker and International Faculty member at the 2020 ESC Frontiers in CardioVascular Biomedicine (FCVB) meeting to be held in Budapest, Hungary from 23-26 April, 2020 and to undertake a two-week mini sabbatical to meet with potential research collaborators in Europe following the meeting.

Applications are now open – until 25 November 2019


CSANZ-Bayer Research Career Development Grants

The CSANZ-Bayer Career Research Development Grants provide a unique opportunity for early or mid-career researchers to visit research facilities (overseas or in Australia) in order to form collaborations, exchange knowledge and enhance their research skills and experience.

The grants will support collaborations and exchange activities for periods of up to two months, although the length of the activity may be considerably shorter, minimum two weeks.

Two Career Development Grants are available each to the value of up to AUD 5,000.

Applications are now open – until 25 November 2019


CSANZ-Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly Research Innovation Grants

The CSANZ-Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly research innovation grants have been made possible through unrestricted funding from Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly.  The grants aim to stimulate and support innovative and ground-breaking research in cardiovascular and cardio-metabolic medicine by early to mid-career researchers.

In 2019, there will be two grants awarded, each to the value of up to AUD 50,000:

  1. CSANZ-Boehringer Ingelheim Cardiovascular Research Innovation Grant
  2. CSANZ-Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly Diabetes Alliance Cardio-metabolic Research Innovation Grant

Applications for 2019 are now closed.


CSANZ-Bayer Young Investigator Research Grants

The CSANZ-Bayer Young Investigator Research Grants have been made possible through unrestricted funding by Bayer with the aim of supporting exceptional young cardiovascular research talent in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2019, two grants of up to AUD 50,000 each are available.

Applications for 2019 are now closed.


CSANZ Awards

There are three CSANZ Awards; Distinguished Service, President’s Medal and Distinguished Career Achievement Awards. If you know someone who has made a significant contribution to any of these categories, you may nominate them for a CSANZ Award.

To find out about each Award click here.


Ralph Reader Prize

The Ralph Reader Prize was originally the Young Investigators Award and was first presented in 1980.  It was named after Dr Ralph Reader as a tribute to his encouragement of young investigators during his time as Medical Director of the National Heart Foundation from 1961-70 and as Director and Chief Executive from 1970 until his retirement in 1980.

The Ralph Reader Prize remains the most prestigious research award to young investigators by the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ).

Three finalists will be selected in each section, Clinical and Basic Science, to present their work in the Ralph Reader prize session at the CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting.  The Ralph Reader Prize is awarded to the best individual presentation in each prize session.

Click here for the eligibility criteria and submission requirements.

Applications open in 2020.


CSANZ Research Scholarships

The CSANZ Research Scholarship is intended to provide support for CSANZ members who wish to pursue a career in cardiovascular research. Research Scholarships are open to all current financial CSANZ members at the time of applying. The Scholarships will be awarded only to applicants whose research is to be conducted in Australia or New Zealand. Only those applicants who are enrolled as full time students (e.g. for PhD or MD) will be eligible to receive the Scholarship as a tax-free stipend.

The value of the Scholarship will be equivalent to the NHF Postgraduate Medical or Non-Medical Scholarship (depending on the candidate’s academic qualifications) and will be payable for one year.

It is expected that the CSANZ Scholarship will provide successful applicants with sufficient research experience to enable them to secure an NHF and/or NH&MRC Postgraduate Research Scholarship to support their ongoing research activity in subsequent years.

Applications for the 2019 Research Scholarships have now closed.


Travelling Fellowships – ACC, AHA, & ESC

The Fellowships are intended to provide an opportunity for investigators in the early stage of their research career, to present at a major international conference. Applicants must be current financial CSANZ members at the time of application, who have an abstract accepted for presentation, with preference given to those attending their first meeting.

American College of Cardiology (ACC) – applications open in 2020.

American Heart Association (AHA) – applications open in 2020.

European Society of Cardiology (ESC) – applications open in 2020.


Travelling Fellowship – EuroHeartCare Congress

The Fellowship is intended to provide Nurse or Allied Health Affiliate Members an opportunity to present at a major international conference, with preference given to early career applicants or clinicians attending EuroHeartCare for the first time. Applicants must have an abstract accepted for presentation at the EuroHeartCare Congress and must be the first or senior author of the accepted abstract. Alternatively, the applicant has been invited to speak in a session at the Congress.

Applications open in 2020.


Travelling Fellowships – Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM)

The Fellowships are designed to help defray the costs of registration, travel and accommodation to the CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. Applicants must be current financial CSANZ Associate or Affiliate Members at the time of applying and be the presenting author of the accepted paper. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of abstract grading. Equal preference will be given to oral and poster presentation.

Applications open in 2020.


Affiliate Clinical Development Award (CDA)

The Awards are intended to further develop the successful candidate through an increase in their clinical knowledge and expertise, an increased awareness of research and evidence-based practice and will also allow the successful candidate to build on their professional network. In particular, this strategy addresses succession planning for leadership positions in cardiovascular practice, research, education and management. Candidates applying for a CDA are not required to have an abstract accepted for presentation at the CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting. Applicants must be current financial CSANZ Affiliate Members for at least one year.

Applications open in 2020.


CSANZ Heart Failure Council Travel Grant

The Heart Failure Council has provided travel grants for investigators in the early stage of their research career, to present at a major international conference. Applicants must be current financial CSANZ members at the time of application, who have an abstract on a topic relevant to Heart Failure accepted for presentation, with preference given to those attending their first meeting.

International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation, 22-25 April 2020, Montréal, Canada – Applications open in 2020.

ESC – Heart Failure Meeting, Henry Krum Memorial Travel Grant, 23-26 May 2020, Barcelona, Spain – Applications open in 2020.

Heart Failure Society of America Conference, 2-5 October 2020, Cleveland, Ohio – Applications open in 2020.