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Bursary applications now closed

The RACGP has established a fund to provide bursaries for the WONCA 2023 World Conference in Sydney. The aims of the bursaries are:

  • to advance family medicine worldwide,
  • to provide opportunities for family medicine doctors who would otherwise not be able to attend, and
  • to support the development of outstanding future leaders internationally.

Donations will assist bursary recipients attending WONCA 2023, providing them with valuable networking and learning opportunities. Bursary recipients will be selected based on their responses through a formal application process.

Donate to the WONCA 2023 bursary fund

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be working in family medicine or community-based generalist medical practice.
  • Applicants can be in any stage of their career.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English.
  • Applicants must be based outside of Australia.
  • Applications must provide a letter of support from an official body (Ministry of Health, Medical Chamber) or from the country's family/general practice organization (if one exists).
  • Applicants must not have received travel funding from any other source and other funding (sources will be cross checked).

Priority will be given to applicants

  • who have submitted an abstract to the World Conference; and/or
  • from low income and lower-middle income countries (according to the World Bank classification).

Bursaries will aim to be awarded

  • to recipients equally across the seven WONCA regions; and
  • on a gender-equitable basis.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
  • Personal need for financial support.
  • Personal potential for contributing to the development of family medicine in their home country.
  • Strength of proposed activities during the WONCA 2023 Sydney visit.
  • Strength of proposed activities upon returning to the home country.
  • Regional needs and potential for family medicine development.


  • Bursary recipients will be required to submit a brief written report on their activities during WONCA 2023 World Conference and the use of their experience back home not later than one month after the conference.
  • Applicants will be required to pay for their own travel and will receive the bursary on arrival at the conference in Sydney.
  • Applicants are responsible for any taxes or fees associated with the bursary.
  • Applicants should read the Terms and Conditions. In submitting an application, applicants agree to these Terms.
  • The maximum amount payable for a bursary is $AUD5000.  The bursary amount awarded will be dependent on the proximity and cost of airfares from the applicant’s home country.  Successful applicants will be advised of the amount of their award at the time of notification of the outcome.

For further information, please contact the WONCA 2023 team at

Bursary application key dates

3 October 2022
Bursary applications open
10 February 2023
Bursary application close
Late March 2023
Bursary notifications
A message from Dr Harris Lygidakis, CEO of WONCA

Participating in an international conference is a humbling experience: you must leave your context’s prejudice shoes at the doorstep to absorb with fully opened eyes how colleagues assist their patients in their own context. Only then you will appreciate deeply the emotions, best practices, but also frustrations and concerns of your colleagues. And if a spark in your eyes is the result of this experience, I am sure you will come back at your own practice reinvigorated by sharing common values with other colleagues and a touch of hope. Experiencing this incredible opportunity can be provided through the bursary programme — and I would urge all of you to apply for it.

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