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Scientific Staff Council

About us


The Royal North Shore Hospital Scientific Staff Council (RNSH SSC) is the primary body representing the scientific community on the Royal North Shore Hospital campus. Our membership comprises laboratory, medical, allied health or clinical staff employed in a research capacity at the NSLHD-RNSH (including Pathology North and Allied Health Services), the universities (principally the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney), and NHMRC grant holders based at the RNSH campus.​

The RNSH SSC is the longest-serving scientific council of its type in Australian public hospitals and, to our knowledge, the only one currently in operation in Australia. Our mission statement is "Promoting Scientific Excellence in Health Care and Science"

For queries or more information, please contact the RNSH SSC.


What we do



…represents the professional interests of all scientist at RNSH campus and liaises with relevant groups and committees across the campus
…organises seminars of general interest which are open to all staff and students
…promotes and administers travel and study fellowships to assist its financial members to attend conferences and workshops



Annual membership fees are for the duration of the financial year (1st July – 30th June of the following year). These fees contribute to the running of the RNSH SSC Scientific Forums and minor administrative costs.

There are two types of membership – general and student.

General members may include laboratory-based, hospital/pathology or clinical scientific research or diagnostic staff. Student members must be scientific research or diagnostic post-graduate students (Masters or PhD). To be eligible potential members must spend at least 50 per cent of their working week based at the RNSH campus and for whom the first affiliation is an institute at the RNSH campus. Staff or students not meeting these criteria may be considered upon application on a case-by-case basis.

PDF icon ​Click here to download the RNSH SSC Membership Form​.

Membership fees for the 1st July 2020 – 30th June 2021 term are:    




1 year - $30.00

3 year - $80.00




1 year - $15.00
3 year - $40.00
Membership fees are currently only payable by direct deposit or cheque and are not back dated or charged pro rata. ​


Travel and Study Fellowship Round Details (2020-2021)


All Travel and Study Fellowships administered by the RNSH SSC are proudly sponsored by Ramsay Health Care.​ Ramsay recognises that people – staff and doctors – are the most important asset. ​The Ramsay Way philosophy of "People caring for People". For more information on Ramsay Health Care please refer to the website: http://ww​ External Link

RNSH SSC Travel Fellowships awarded for Australasian travel is $1,000 and $3000 for international travel. A study fellowship of up to $6,000 is also available.

The RNSH SSC reserves the right to alter the award value, and does not award fellowships by default. Values published here may not be correct at the time of application, please consult the Application Form and Criteria provided above.

Download the latest Fellowship application forms and guidelines below:​​

Chevron Word icon Ramsay Health Care Travel Fellowship (Australasian and International)

Chevron ​​​Word icon Ramsay​ Health Care Study Fellowship​

Important RNSH SSC travel award dates


Round 1 (travel period June-Sept) opens on Feb 23 and closes on March 13.
Round 2* (travel period Oct-Jan) opens June 28 and closes on July 26.
Round 3 (travel period Feb-May the following year) opens Oct 25 and closes on Nov 13.
*Round 2 is CANCELLED due to COVID-19, please check the website shortly for further updates and upcoming alternative opportunities.​​​


Current SSC Award Opportunities

 Virtual Travel Fellowships are now open. These grants are proudly sponsored by Cancers and Bioscience Reports.

Awards on Offer:

  • Bioscience Reports Virtual Travel Award ($500; 1 Award) with APC waiver for an article in one of Portland Press Journals
  • Cancers Virtual Travel Award ($500 each; 2 Awards)

Please see our PDF icon flyer and Word icon application. Applications must be e-mailed to [email protected] by 5 pm 9th April 2021