Application period

Applications close 30 November 2023.

Successful applicants will start in early February 2024 for a period of 9-12 months.

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About the donor

This gift, from the UHG Foundation, is made in honour and recognition of Dr Leon Carp.

Dr Leon Carp graduated medicine at Melbourne University in 1958 and spent his early years at Prince Henry Hospital. He explored a number of medical specialties but was ultimately attracted to the wonderful variety that General Practice offered. He worked in the inner Melbourne suburb of Prahran as the owner of High Street Medical Clinic for almost 60 years where he was revered and loved by his patients.

Leon was the quintessential General Practitioner, looking after families from cradle to grave. Seven days a week Leon would be available for his patients whether it was in his clinic visiting them at home, delivering well over 1000 babies at Margaret Coles maternity wing at the Alfred Hospital, looking after workers in the local factories or doing short anaesthetics for his peers. He retired from clinical practice in 2019 at the age of 85 years.

This award is in honour and recognition of Leon’s dedication and service to the community and to the field of General Practice. Through the establishment of the Dr Leon Carp Award Leon will continue to make a meaningful impact on General Practice for many years to come.

About the award

As a result of a generous donation to The University of Melbourne, the Department of General Practice and Primary Care is able to offer an annual award to general practitioners interested in undertaking research to advance the practice of primary care through innovation (‘research field’) and improve health outcomes for patients in Australia.

This award is ideal for general practitioners and general practitioners in training who wish to learn more about undertaking research to drive innovation in primary care practice and policy from a solid evidence base and thereby improve human health.

The award is for General Practitioners who:

  • Wish to develop their academic skills in research, scholarly approach to General practice education or leadership skills to have an impact in primary care, or
  • Have an innovative idea which they believe could benefit primary care, and
  • Are willing to work with and be supervised by University of Melbourne primary care research or teaching staff, and
  • Will maintain an honorary position with University of Melbourne following the award.

The successful applicant will have access to research infrastructure and specialist research expertise (e.g. biostatistician). Regular research meetings and training are part of the research skill building program. Successful applicants can expect to develop or extend research skills and explore possibilities of further qualifications and potential career options as primary health care researchers.

Research theme areas

Ideally, applicants’ proposed area of research should fall within the current research themes of the Department of General Practice and Primary Care as detailed on the website. However, other areas will be considered and can be further discussed with the Director of Research Training and/or the Research Theme Leaders before applying.


The value of these awards range from $15,000 to $18,000 per annum, depending on the level and time commitment required. Payment methods, terms and conditions will be in accordance with University policy and procedure.


The award is open to General Practitioners anywhere in Australia who are:

  1. GPs at any career stage, who are research novices or have limited current experience in research and are not currently engaged in research or academic development/work with other universities or research institutes.
  2. Early career GP researchers who are not currently engaged in research or academic development/work with other universities or research institutes.

Application Process

All applicants should apply by sending:

  1. A cover letter, stating
    • How the award would contribute to your research/leadership skills and/or personal goals
    • How your innovative research or idea would benefit primary care*
    • Proposed time commitment to research (e.g. one day per week for nine months, two days/week for three months)

    *The proposed research/innovation area will ideally be based within our research theme areas, however we are happy to consider other primary care research areas (if applicants first discuss these ideas with the Director, Research Training at m.temple-smith@unimelb.edu.au).

  2. A brief curriculum vitae, including name, phone number, email address, tertiary qualifications, experience in primary health care and any prior research experience.
  3. Submit application to: gp-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au with the subject header: ‘Dr Leon Carp Award Application 2024’.


If you have any questions about this award, please email gp-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au

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