Academic and Training Opportunities in Australia

Enrolling in Postgraduate training is possible in Australia, after completing at least a year’s clinical work.


  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS): Under this program medical practitioners do their training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and remote and isolated communities throughout Australia.


  • Vocational training programs are run by the Specialist Medical Colleges and take between 3 and 7 years to complete. Contact the relevant Australian Specialist Medical College for more information on vocational training programs, or ask your employer for advice.


If you are a doctor with no postgraduate qualification you can work in a public hospital receiving a government salary.

Overseas trained doctors can work in the following positions:

  • Internships (typically the one year of supervised training required by the Medical Registration Boards to achieve full medical registration).
  • Resident medical officers (RMOs)/Hospital medical officers (HMOs).
  • Registrars (specialists-in-training).
  • Postgraduate trainees.


To take fellowships in universities it is usually required to pass several exams. Our advice is to visit the properly website and get informed about enrolment and assessment dates which can vary depending on the university. Find listed below the most representatives medical schools in Australia:

There are also fellowships provided by other organisms such as:

  • Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships. They are merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government to undertake study, research and professional development programs in Australia for a short term (4-6 months).

To apply to must be from a participating country.

Check here to check the program and financial support for international applicants.

  • National Health and Medical Researh Council (NHMRC) fellowships. In this section you can find all types of NHMRC fellowship awards.
  • RACGP Practice Elegible Route: Allows doctors with eligible GP experience  to undertake assessment leading to RACGP Fellowship without having to do specialist general practice training (vocational training) in Australia.
  • OTDNET – Overseas Trained Doctor National Education & Training programme to assist OTDs towards Fellowship. It is designed to help OTDs prepare for the relevant Australian Medical Council (AMC) or College exams.
  • Other organizations. Find on this page post-doctoral fellowships provided by a range of Australian Government agencies, research organizations and some international agencies that support fellowships in Australia.

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