Awards and Grants

Apply for an Award

There is one generic application form for ALL ASOFRE awards including the P Raymond Begg, Elsdon Storey and Milton R Sims Award. Submitting the form will automatically notify the secretary of the Foundation who will contact you with instructions on how to submit your full application material. Click on the button below to access the online application form.

ASOFRE administers the following biennial Awards

The P Raymond Begg Research Award

The Society’s most prestigious award for an outstanding original research paper, or series of papers, with significance to orthodontics. The award is offered biennially and consists of an inscribed silver medallion and a $AUD10,000 prize.

The winner of this award presents their award winning research at the prestigious Gerry Dickinson memorial lecture at the ASOFRE meeting the following year. 

Please complete the initial application form (see above). The awards Secretary will then issue you instructions on how to submit your application material.

For applicant information, click here

The closing date for entries is June 30th in the year preceding the next ASO Congress.

The Milton R Sims Award

This Program was established in memory of Professor Milton Sims who died in 2006 after decades of teaching orthodontics, primarily at The University of Adelaide as head of department.

The Milton Sims Visiting Professor Program aims to bring to the University prominent international teachers to share their knowledge and experience.

It is part of The University of Adelaide Dental Research and Education Fund (DREF), with members of the ASO helping to promote and administer it. The ASO SA Branch has provided funds to support the Program and ASO members are also encouraged to offer their individual support.

This award is offered on a biennial basis to those completing their graduate programs. It is awarded to the most meritorious student in the two years preceding each Congress. The award is an inscribed gold medallion and $AUD5,000. This award is generously supported by Ormco.

This year we require you to prepare your case presentations based on a simple template which will be provided to you. The template file and instructions will be forwarded to you by the awards secretary.

For applicant information, click here

Entries close on 30 November.

ASOFRE administers the following annual Awards

The Elsdon Storey Research Award

Established in 1982 as the 'First Research Award', and renamed in 2001 in honour of Prof Elsdon Storey who, in 1953 as a young orthodontist, co-authored a paper which won the prize, the first time it was offered by the ASO, for the most noteworthy orthodontic paper presented during a specific period. This award is now advertised annually and is awarded to the most meritorious research paper. Generally, it is based on a "first research" thesis carried out in Australia by a student studying to gain their qualification as an orthodontist.

For applicant information, click here

Entries close on 30 November each year.

AB Orthodontics Fellowship

The Fellowship was endowed by Rocky Mountain Orthodontics (RMO), in memory of the late Mr Sam Bulkley. From 2003, this award has been sponsored by Andrew Binns and his company AB Orthodontics and the name of the Fellowship was changed to the ‘Sam Bulkley – AB Orthodontics Travelling Fellowship’ to reflect this change in sponsorship. In 2017 the name was changed to the ‘AB Orthodontics Fellowship’.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to enable newly graduated orthodontists in Australia and New Zealand to travel overseas to a Centre of Excellence, and thereby gain additional knowledge and experience. A grant of $7500 has been generously provided by AB Orthodontics.

Entries close 30 June each year.

Rules and guidelines:

  • The applicant must be a member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists or New Zealand Association Orthodontists and an Australian or New Zealand resident.
  • The applicant must either possess an Australian or New Zealand post-graduate degree in orthodontics or be in their final year of post-graduate study at the closing date of entries, with the intention of taking up the Fellowship the following year.
  • Closing date for submission of the initial application for is June 30th each year.  Following receipt of the initial application, applicants will be notified of the details required for the Full Application.
  • This Fellowship is designed for candidates to spend a period of time overseas at an institution that will give the Fellow an opportunity to increase their knowledge of orthodontics. The duration of the Fellowship and the institution will be factors considered when the application is assessed. 
  • The Fellow will be required, on return, to present a paper on the work carried out during the period of study, to a State Branch, Congress or Foundation Meeting of the ASO. 
  • The Fellow, where possible, will acknowledge the support of the ASOFRE if any publications or presentations arise as a result of the work carried out during the Fellowship.
  • The Fellow may apply to the ASO Foundation for Research and Education for a Special Research Donation over and above the Fellowship to help meet expenses associated with the research undertaken.

The ASOFRE committee shall determine the general conditions and manner of submission for the award. The decision of the Committee is final and applicants have no right of access to the Committee's deliberation.

Jan Taylor Lectureship

This lectureship was generously endowed by a Past President and Life Member of the ASO, Dr David T Taylor, in memory of his wife Jan. An overseas lecturer is supported to give lectures to all orthodontic students from Australia and New Zealand. These lectures are given during the Students Meeting which is held just before the biennial Foundation Meeting. In addition the Jan Taylor Lecturer is the keynote speaker at the Foundation Meeting.

ASOFRE Poster Awards

The poster awards are intended to promote and foster the development of orthodontic research, education and practice.

Two poster awards are offered

ASOFRE Australasian Student Poster Award

This is a yearly award and is awarded in alternate years at the ASO Inc. biennial Congress and the ASO biennial Foundation Meeting.

It is awarded to the best poster displayed by a student who is studying at an ASO Inc. or NZAO Inc. approved course, or has completed their studies within the last 12 months, to become a registered orthodontist.

The award is a prize of $1,500 and a certificate.

Merit prizes may also be awarded in the form of a certificate.

ASOFRE Scientific Poster Award

This is a biennial award and is awarded at the ASO Inc biennial Congress. It is awarded to the best overall poster displayed.

The award is a prize of $3,000 and a certificate. Merit prizes may also be awarded in the form of a certificate.

The recommended size of the poster is 'Portrait view 900mm wide and 1500mm high'.  The recommended format is shown below but it is not obligatory. Template and examples below.

For application guidelines, click here

For a suggested format, click here

Click on the images below for poster examples


External Education Grant

This grant is available to ASO student members who are 2nd year postgraduate orthodontic students in accredited orthodontic courses in Australia. Students may only apply for this grant once during their course. Click here to apply.