Scholarships and Grants

ARA NZRA Parental Support Grant

ARA and NZRA members who need support to attend the 2024 ASM with their child(ren) can apply for this support grant. The grant enables members with babies or young children who could not otherwise attend without the support of an additional caregiver. 

The parental grant is up to a max of NZD$1500 to cover travel expenses and accommodation for a caregiver and children, and may also include local caregiver expenses if required. No other expenses will be covered.  

As there is an allocated grant pool, applications will be assessed and provisionally accepted as they are received. 

There are 20 parental grants available for the 2024 ASM.

Accommodation suitable for families has been reserved for the meeting. View the options here.

Application process
To apply please fill in the ARA NZRA Parental Support Grant Application. 

You will need to confirm that you are a member of ARA or NZRA and have registered for the ASM. 

Please give details of the funds required and purpose (travel, accommodation and/or caregiver expenses) up to NZD$1500.

Email your application to and you will be advised whether your parental support grant has been

If your application is successful, you will send receipts to at the conclusion of the 2024 ARA NZRA ASM and be reimbursed for the amount approved on your approved application.

ARA APLAR (Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatologists) Scholarships

Applications are invited for the 2024 ARA-APLAR Scholarship. Two scholarships will be awarded to support an APLAR region applicant to attend and present at the 2024 Joint ARA NZRA Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 16-21 May, 2024. 

The scholarship will consist of up to AUD$2,000 towards a return economy airfare, taxi fares upon arrival and departure, up to five nights’ room only accommodation (twin/double) near the conference hotel venue, and full conference registration including the Gala Dinner. 

Travel insurance must be taken out upon payment of travel at the applicants’ expense. 

Successful applicants will be responsible for their own visa applications. 

Note: The ARA will only reimburse 30% the monies on acceptance and notification of a successful New Zealand visa application. Once it is confirmed that the winner/s have physically delivered their presentations and/or posters at the meeting, the remainder will be paid. 

Successful applicants will be invited to present a poster of their submitted research and may be invited to present an oral presentation. All abstracts presented at the meeting will be published in the ASM journal issue.

It is a requirement of acceptance of this scholarship that the winners MUST attend the entire meeting including the Gala Dinner. 

Previous recipients are ineligible to apply. 

Applicants must fulfil and are required to submit evidence of the following criteria: 

A rheumatologist, practicing in a developing country, that is a member of APLAR.

A copy of your abstract submitted for the 2024 meeting. 

Curriculum Vitae. 

A recent photograph (passport style). 

Proof of submission of the abstract to the year meeting via 

Applications may be made by electronic submission via the ARA Secretariat: 

or received in hard copy to: 

Australian Rheumatology Association 

145 Macquarie Street 


Deadline for applications: 3 March 2024

Enquiries: ARA Secretariat 

2024 Joint ARA and NZRA Annual Scientific Meeting

Meeting organisers: The Conference Company

Phone (within Australia): 1800 193 405
Phone (New Zealand): 
+64 9 360 1240

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