Clinician Researcher Training Program 2022-23

The Clinician Researcher Training (CRT) Program is designed to build the clinician researcher workforce by providing scholarships for clinicians to undertake a clinically focussed, higher degree by research (HDR) at a WA university.

Approved HDR projects must align with eligible Health Service Provider (HSP) / public-private partnership provider (PPPP)’s strategic and health priorities and aim to advance clinical practice within the relevant field.

Successful HDR candidates will undertake research in their area of specialty training or clinical work and HDRs under either stream will be by compilation only (i.e. publication).

HDR projects may be undertaken full-time and/or part-time (at 0.5 FTE) as a PhD or a Masters degree.

The application process consists of the following:

  1. Proposed projects submitted by potential supervisors to relevant HSP/PPPP using the CRT HDR Project Proposal Form. Deadlines for submission determined by the relevant HSP/PPPP.
  2. HSPs/PPPPs select one project from each profession (WA Country Health Service is eligible to select an additional 2 projects from any profession) and submit to the Office of Medical Research and Innovation (OMRI) with the CRT Application Form by 31 January 2023.
  3. OMRI authorises recruitment of candidates for HDR projects.
  4. University in collaboration with HSP/PPPP undertakes competitive recruitment process.
  5. Selection report submitted to OMRI and Grant Funding Agreements executed.
  6. Successful candidates must commence HDR project within 1 year of award.

Please note the following amendments:

  • under HDR conditions in the Guidelines and Conditions document the first point has been amended to "HDR candidates in either training stream are strongly encouraged to publish their work and/or complete their degree by compilation (i.e. publication) where appropriate". The Administering Institution certification section in the Project Proposal form has also been updated.
  • clarification that existing HDR students are eligible for a CRT scholarship if within 12 months of candidature and not already in receipt of a scholarship or fellowship. Conditions apply and the Guidelines and Conditions have been updated accordingly. A Candidate Details Form has also been provided for circumstances where a HDR Project Proposal has an existing student attached.

Program Status: Open

HSP/PPPP Applications close: 1:00pm (AWST), Tuesday 31 January 2023

The CRT Program Guidelines and Conditions, Project Proposal Form and Application Form and Candidate Details Form can be accessed below:


Any queries related to the program can be directed to the Western Australian Department of Health, Office of Medical Research and Innovation.

Information on other FHRI Fund programs can be accessed by subscribing to updates or checking the FHRI Fund current opportunities.


Useful links:

Program information page

Guidelines and Conditions

Are existing Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students eligible for a Clinician Researcher Training (CRT) scholarship?

As this is a new program, an exception has been made for this round of the CRT Program to allow existing HDR students within the first 12 months of their candidature to be eligible for a CRT scholarship providing that, in addition to the defined eligibility criteria, they are not already in receipt of a scholarship or fellowship.

If a project proposal developed by an existing HDR student is submitted to a Health Service Provider (HSP) / public-private partnership provider (PPPP), a Candidate Details Form must be provided with the HDR Project Proposal Form to inform the HSP/PPPP project selection process. The Candidate Details Form must include certification from the relevant university that there are no IP claims to the project from anyone other than the candidate and that a due selection process was followed by the university in accordance with their terms and conditions. If the project is selected by an HSP/PPPP, the existing HDR student associated with the selected project would be the nominated candidate for the CRT scholarship.


If a prospective student was involved in developing the project proposal, are they still required to undergo a competitive recruitment process?

With the exception of existing HDR student projects, candidate selection for all projects will be via a competitive recruitment process.


It is stated that one application from each profession can be submitted by an HSP. What is defined as a profession?

Eligible profession types are shown below (also see Section 2 of the Guidelines and Conditions):

  1. Pre-consultant (medical) refers to junior doctors or ‘doctors in training’ as per the AMA Industrial Agreement 2022
  2. Nursing and Midwifery
  3. Allied Health includes all the disciplines that fall under this category.

Professions were separated into categories to ensure higher degree by research opportunities are available to all of these clinicians.


I am a consultant working as a specialist in various WA public hospitals. Can I apply for a scholarship?

No. Scholarships are available for junior doctors (pre-consultant) classified as doctors in training in the AMA Industrial Agreement 2022 (see Section 2 of the Guidelines and Conditions).


Will the recruited candidates of the HDR projects approved by the HSP/PPPP be staff at the same HSP/PPPP?

Recruited students will be clinical staff at the relevant HSP/PPP of approved projects. If the student is undertaking the HDR project in a part-time capacity then they must be employed by the relevant HSP/PPPP to undertake clinical duties at up to 0.5FTE.

If the student is choosing to undertake the HDR project full-time, they must be employed by the relevant HSP/PPPP at time of application but there is no employment requirement during the degree.

It is acknowledged, however, that clinicians regularly move employment from one HSP/PPPP to another within WA. The approval for part-time candidates to continue clinical duties and maintain the existing HDR project must be negotiated by the candidate as part of that move. The part-time appointment contract and payment provisions by the HSP/PPPP would transition to the new HSP/PPPP (for the clinical duties).


Who are the key contacts for each HSP/PPPP?

Child and Adolescent Health Service

Queries -

Submission -

East Metropolitan Health Service

North Metropolitan Health Service

PathWest Laboratory Medicine

South Metropolitan Health Service

WA Country Health Service

Ramsay Health Care (Joondalup and Peel Health Campus)

St John of God (Midland)

Benjamin Kan


Who are the key contacts for each university?

Curtin University

Professor Melinda 'Lindy' Fitzgerald, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research

Edith Cowan University

Professor Chris Abbiss, Dean, Graduate Research

Murdoch University

Professor Jeremy Nicholson, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, Director of the Health Futures Institute and Director of the Australian National Phenome Centre

The University of Notre Dame

Professor Gerard Hoyne, Associate Dean Research – Faculty Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

The University of Western Australia

Professor Romola S. Bucks, Pro Vice Chancellor, Health and Medical Research


Last Updated: 16/11/2022