ANZAEC administers the BWT Ritchie Anaesthesia Scholarship and each year may award one or more (or no) scholarships.


The purpose of the scholarship is to assist New Zealand-based anaesthesia trainees who have passed the final examination for fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and are eligible to proceed to training year 5, to gain overseas experience and bring it back to New Zealand. It is also open to those who wish to undertake a further year of study outside New Zealand in the year following completion of their ANZCA fellowship (FANZCA); and to anaesthetists with FANZCA who are also training in pain medicine or intensive care medicine and who have reached a similar stage for those fellowships. Applicants must be nominated and supported by their training departments. The amount available for disbursement each year has varied, but has recently been in the order of about $15,000.


The scholarship is named for Dr B W T Ritchie​, a New Zealand-born, UK-qualified anaesthetist who set up the BWT Ritchie Scholarship in 1991, with a $200,000 gift to a trust for that purpose – the capital to be retained with the net income to be used to fund the scholarships. The trust deed establishing the scholarship stipulates that the grant is intended to enable overseas experience but with the scholar expected to return to New Zealand for at least three years to work in anaesthesia or intensive care (which was not then a separate college). That now also applies to pain medicine.

For information on how to apply and the current criteria please click on the link here.


Applications for the 2021 should be submitted to the ANZAEC Administrative Officer and the award of scholarships will close on October 31, 2020

The 2018 Scholarship winner, Dr Christopher Badenhorst has now completed the first half of his Paediatric anesthesia fellowship at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. Christopher's report can be read here. Christopher writes:


I am acutely aware that without the financial assistance of the BWT Ritchie Scholarship, this year would have been substantially more difficult and potentially not even possible.  Vancouver is a beautiful city, however, it is also significantly more expensive than Wellington and the assistance this scholarship has provided is beyond words.  I would just like to take the opportunity to personally thank the Ritchie family as well as the ANZAEC for allowing me to take advantage of this opportunity.  It is my hope and intention to return as a more competent clinician, researcher and member of the wider paediatric anaesthesia community.

The 2019 Scholarship has been awarded to Dr Michael Webb, an ANZCA Advanced Trainee at Auckland DHB and Dr John Newland, an ANZCA Trainee at Waikato Hospital.

The first recipient was Dr Charles Minto of Christchurch who undertook a provisional fellowship year at Stanford University. While records are not complete, since then over 30 scholarship grants awarded, ranging between the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa.  Click here to see a list of BWT Ritchie Scholarship recipients.

During the scholarship

Scholarship winners provide ANZAEC with mid-term and final reports of their scholarship experience overseas:

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