WA Cancer Fellowships

The WA Cancer Fellowships program (previously the WACPCN Cancer Fellowships) is designed to assist medical practitioners to expand their experience and skills that will ultimately lead to improved health outcomes for cancer patients in WA, specifically to:

  • develop their research capability and facilitate high quality research OR
  • acquire specialised clinical skills that cannot be funded through the usual clinical pathways.

Funding is provided for 12-months of salary only to the nominated administering institution. The Fellowship salary will be as per the WA Health System – Medical Practitioners – AMA Industrial Agreement 2022 Registrar Year 1 to Senior Registrar Year 2 rates, dependent on experience.

Funding is provided through 2 streams.

Training stream

The training stream may include on the job training provided within a hospital department under the direction of a specialist to learn new techniques, skills and/or approaches to screening, diagnosis and clinical cancer care. New techniques, skills and other outcomes of training must be demonstrated with evidence provided via a logbook or audit.

Research stream

The research stream may include one discrete project, multiple short projects or a component of a larger long-term research project provided that the component of research proposed has its own discrete outcomes and can be completed within the 12-month period.

Application process

Applications for the 2025 round have closed. The following documents are provided for reference:

For further information about the Fellowships and the application process, see the  WA Cancer Fellowships information session slides (PDF 438KB).

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be a medical practitioner who:

  1. is an Australian citizen or permanent resident in Australia for the duration of the Fellowship, noting that pending residency applications must be finalised at the time of awarding of the Fellowship
  2. is employed in Western Australia at a public hospital or a WA Health entity, such as PathWest, at the commencement of the Fellowship. Employees of health entities which are contracted to provide health services to the State for example, Joondalup Health,Campus and St John of God Midland Public Hospital, are not eligible
  3. practices in a cancer-related specialty, including but not limited to, surgery, medical oncology, haematology, palliative care, paediatric oncology, respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, and pathology
  4. intends to undertake a program of research or training in Western Australia
  5. has not previously received and commenced a WA Cancer Fellowship (formerly WACPCN Cancer Fellowship)
  6. is in their final registrar year or have completed their specialist exams within the past 12 months and are willing to undertake a registrar Fellowship
  7. is able to undertake the Fellowship at 0.5 full-time equivalent (FTE) or higher for 12 months
  8. is able to be released from clinical duties for the period of the Fellowship.

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following assessment criteria:

  • significance of the proposed training or research to cancer care and control in WA, including the potential for new capacity and improved cancer care to arise from the work
  • quality of the training or research plan
  • expertise and capacity of the Fellow to undertake the training or research and for the Supervisor(s) to provide mentorship.

Preference will be given to applicants that demonstrate expertise gained through the Fellowship will remain in Western Australia.


Fellowships will be awarded on merit in open competition, based on a process of assessment and selection.

Fellowships are usually granted as a 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) post. However, part-time fellowships at no less than 0.5 FTE will be considered.


Last reviewed: 21-06-2023
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