Eligibility and Definition

The ARA Research Fund provides funding for scholarships for young science and medical graduates to undertake thesis studies into arthritis and musculoskeletal related disorders at recognised universities. These scholarships provide research training to doctorate or masters level and are designed to develop the intellectual and technical expertise required for a career involving laboratory and/or clinical investigation. Scholarships are intended, in general, to support basic and clinical research training within Australian research units and as a precursor to more advanced study in Australia and overseas. Scholarship awards are for one year.


Up to $50,000



Application Process

Arthritis Australia

Past Recipients




2024 Lara Glass Linking genotype and autoantibodies to pathology and treatment in systemic lupus erythematosus
2023 Catherine Cho Osteoporosis and fracture risk in chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease
2021 Julia New-Tolley Rheumatoid arthritis and exercise in Australia


Funding Guidelines

Within three months of completion of the project for which ARA Research Fund donations were awarded, the successful applicant will be required to submit a written report in layman’s terms about the project (for publication) as well as a full scientific report to Arthritis Australia (AA) and to the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA). The ARA should also receive a copy of any publications resulting from this work. The ARA Research Fund must be acknowledged on any publication related to the funded work and oral presentations and/or posters should include the ARA Research Fund logo, where feasible.