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.


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.


CSANZ-Boehringer Ingelheim Heart Failure Research Innovation Grant

The CSANZ-Boehringer Ingelheim  Heart Failure Research Innovation Grant has been made possible through unrestricted funding from Boehringer Ingelheim.  The aim of the grant is to stimulate and support innovative and ground-breaking research in heart failure by early to mid-career researchers.

In 2020, there will be one grant awarded, to the value of up to A$50,000:

For further information and to apply go to the website or contact CSANZ:

E-mail: info@csanz.edu.au

Phone: +61 2 9226 7900

Applications close at 5pm AEST on Monday,15 June, 2020.


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.  Applicants must be:

  • a member of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • six years or less post-award of PhD or a postgraduate qualification
  • domiciled in Australia or New Zealand
  • affiliated with an academic/scientific institution or national health care system

In 2020, two grants of A$50,00 are available.

Click here for further information.

Click here to download an application form.

Applications close at 5pm AEST on Monday,15 June, 2020.


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 will open in 2021.

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

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


Travelling Fellowship – EuroHeartCare Congress

The Fellowship is intended to provide Nurse or Allied Health 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 will open in 2021.


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.

Applications for the 2020 Ralph Reader Prize have now closed.


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 Members (Nurse, allied health, trainees) 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.


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 Members (Nurse, Allied Health or scientist) 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 – applications will open in 2021

ESC Heart Failure Meeting, Henry Krum Memorial Travel Grant – applications will open in 2021

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


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 will open in late 2020.


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 will open in September 2020.

List of previous R T Hall Prize Recipients