Vertex Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Fellowship

Deadline for applications: 30 July 2017

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The TSANZ Vertex Cystic Fibrosis Paediatric Clinical Fellowship supports an articulated training program for advanced trainees who are currently, or who wish to sub-specialize in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, specifically to conduct the research, diagnosis and management of cystic fibrosis in Australia and New Zealand.

This is a unique opportunity to secure a fellowship that supports clinic based training in a Paediatric specialty area.

The fellowship shall be to the value of AUD$50,000 per annum for two years.


To be eligible for this travel grant, the applicant must:

  1. Be a current member of the TSANZ[1],
  2. Be a citizen or permanent resident in Australia/New Zealand,
  3. Currently, or planning to, undertake the Advanced Training Program in Respiratory Medicine of the RACP and be intending to pursue a career in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine,
  4. Be MBBS or equivalent, currently registered or eligible to be registered with the relevant medical board,
  5. Have 3-6 months experience in cystic fibrosis or equivalent,
  6. Have excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to liaise effectively with other health professionals,
  7. Have an ongoing commitment to further education and professional development, and
  8. Have an understanding of research methodology, have research experience and intend to undertake research during the fellowship.

[1]Financial member of the TSANZ who has obtained the support of a proposer and seconder and has been endorsed by the TSANZ Board


The following conditions must be meet by members receiving this award:

  • The funds are to support the salary (including on-costs) of the successful Paediatric clinical trainee.
  • Clinical training must be conducted within a Paediatric CF Clinic within Australia or New Zealand.
  • Each year’s stipend should be spent within 12 months of the fellowship being taken up.
  • Progress reports are required every 6 months by the TSANZ – at the 6, 12, 18 and 24 month marks.
  • Research conducted during the term of the fellowship will be submitted to a future TSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Any publications and research output from this Fellowship must acknowledge the source of funding.

Notes: If the fellowship is considered by TSANZ to not be used for its intended purpose, the fellowship will be revoked.

These conditions must be met to remain eligible for future award rounds.

Applications will contain the following:

A response to each eligibility criterion (maximum four A4 pages)

  • Provide information about how you fulfil the eligibility criteria,
  • Detail how the fellowship will assist in achieving your planned career path, and
  • Provide details of your research proposal.

Letter of Support

  • Two referee reports, including financial support of your trainee position by your institution (if awarded).

Track record

  • A track record (maximum two A4 pages). Include any significant career disruptions supporting eligibility outside the listed criteria.


  • Publications over the last five years (2012-2017), excluding career disruptions (unlimited pages).


  • All text must be submitted on A4 pages with a 2cm margin to the top, bottom, left and right. Text must be single line spaced, with size 12 Times New Roman font. No columns are permitted.

Selection Process

  • Responses to the criteria questions
  • An interview with relevant TSANZ members
  • The two provided referee reports (one A4 page maximum per referee)

In the event of there being no suitable applicants the fellowship will not be awarded.

The award will be presented at the 2018 TSANZ ASM, however the successful applicant will be notified prior to the ASM.

Submit Application

Application upload

Please upload a single PDF containing your application (including research proposal), letters of support, track record and publications.


I am a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand.
I have not been a full, or part-time employee of, or paid consultant to, nor do I have any real or perceived, direct or indirect links to the tobacco industry in the past five years (2011-2016).
All information which I have provided in this form and attached documents is true and correct.


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