NZSG Janssen Research Fellowship

By NZ Gastro Office | Posted: Friday August 25, 2023

Applications for the NZSG Janssen Research Fellowship close 1 October 2023.

Janssen's generous support to the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology allows the Society to offer a Research Fellowship or research grant.

The Purpose of the Fellowship is to: 

  1. To promote research in gastroenterology in New Zealand.
  2. To encourage gastroenterology trainees to participate in research.

Eligibility for the Fellowship

Applicants for the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology Research Fellowship must, at the time of application, be a member of the Society and be:

EITHER an advanced trainee in Gastroenterology or Gastro-Intestinal Surgery.

OR a Gastroenterology or Surgical specialist in New Zealand working in a department involved in training registrars

OR a basic science/clinical researcher working in a group with a Gastroenterology focus.

Conditions of the Fellowship

  1. Applicants (regardless of their designation) are required to be current financial members of the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology at the time of application.
  2. The Fellowship is jointly funded by Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd and the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology.
  3. The Fellowship amount is up to maximum of $65,000.
  4. The Fellowship can also be awarded in the form of a grant for a research project initiated by a specialist or a basic science researcher but has to require substantial input from trainee(s)/student(s). The amount can be divided between research expenses and salary provided that details are given for funding of the trainee and the expected duration of the project.
  5. If awarded to a trainee, the fellow will be an employee of the host institution who will provide the contract of employment and claim reimbursement for salary and related expenditure from New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology Inc.
  6. The Fellowship may be awarded for a second year after further application. This would depend on a satisfactory report at the end of the first year. The decision will be made by the Executive and will depend on the relative merits of all applications.
  7. The successful applicant (whether awarded as a fellowship or grant) is required to present results of his or her research at a scientific meeting of the Society.
  8. Transfer of the Fellowship to a new host institution is not encouraged. This would require the approval of both host departments, the authority of the Society and the approval of the Executive of the NZ Society of Gastroenterology.
  9. The fellow should acknowledge the support of Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd and the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology in all publications and in programmes of meetings at which the research is presented.
  10. All research conducted by fellows must be approved by either an approved institutional animal ethics committee or a human subjects ethics committee (accredited by the Health Research Council of New Zealand) where appropriate.
  11. Intellectual property will be subject to the rules of the host institution.
  12. Leave during the fellowship will be subject to the rules of the host institution.
  13. Trainees who have secured a research post outside New Zealand who require wages in order to take up the position may also apply. However, research based in New Zealand will take priority.

Applications for the Fellowship

Applications should comprise:

  1. A succinct account of the proposed research project including background, aims, methods, significance and research impact sections with no more than 20 key references (maximum length 5 x A4 pages of 12-point type).
  2. A curriculum vitae and full publication list of the trainee OR for all researchers if this is an application for a project grant.
  3. The names of two referees who have agreed to provide a reference.
  4. For applications from trainees, a letter from the applicant outlining future career plans and explaining the arrangements for supervision and availability of facilities and working expenses for the research within the host department.
  5. For applications from a specialist for a project grant, a full itemised account of expenses needs to be provided. Details of the extent of involvement of trainees should be provided.
  6. For trainees, a letter of support from the head of the host department or the supervisor of the research explaining the arrangements made for research supervision and outlining the facilities and working expenses available for research within the host department.

*** Please note the fellowship recipient(s) are announced at the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the Society at the award ceremony portion of the ASM dinner. Recipients are encouraged to attend the ASM and be present to accept the award in person. ***

Closing Dates

Applications should be received by the Executive Officer of the Society by 1 October 2023. The Fellowship should be taken up within six months of confirmation of the award.

Please email your application and any queries to