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Student Scholarships

Doctor and patient in a planeHaving the chance to live and experience clinical practice in a rural and remote community during your medical degree is a unique and memorable opportunity. There is a known correlation between students experiencing rural placements and then deciding to practice rurally once they graduate.

If you're interested in gaining additional funding and support to help you become a rural generalist, then take a look at some of the other student scholarships available:

The College's President's Prize

Do you dream of being a doctor in an Aboriginal Medical Service in rural Australia? Perhaps you've always seen yourself flying out to emergencies as part of the Royal Flying Doctor Service? Or maybe you see your future in a beachside community, helping the 'locals'?

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine is giving you the chance to live your dream through the prestigious President's Prize.

The Prize:

The President's Prize is a one to two-week placement with a doctor, practice or health service in a rural or remote community of Australia. The College organises accommodation, travel, expenses and some incidentals on the winner's behalf, up to the total value of $2,500.

The placement will occur at a time that is convenient for the winner and the selected location, but must be taken within 12 months of the prize being awarded.

How to enter:

The competition is open to medical students currently studying medicine in Australia. This includes both Australian residents and international students.

To enter and be in the draw to win the $2,500 placement prize, create a short video (up to 60 seconds) using your smartphone or video camera. Let us know where in rural or remote Australia you would like to be placed for a placement, and why.

You must use the phrase 'rural medicine' and say 'Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine' at least twice.

Make it as funny or serious as you like - express yourself through a poem, a rap or even interpretive dance - just ensure you include the above.

To submit your application, upload it to YouTube, label it with your name and #PresPrize17, and send a link through to students@acrrm.org.au. Competition closes on Wednesday, 11 October 2017.

Your submitted video will be reviewed by College staff, prior to being accepted into the competition.

More information:

Other scholarships

There's a range of other rural and remote scholarships available to medical students. You will find details of those that we think might be useful for you below.

NSW Rural Doctors Network scholarships database

You can search the site for scholarships which may help you get into university or make it easier for you to stay there. When it comes time to get some practical experience and you want to go bush, you will be able to search for grants to help you do so.

If you are planning to study at a university in NSW or the ACT (or are already there), then browse through the data from various universities, organisations and government departments that promote rural health. There are links to all universities offering health courses and to the agencies administering scholarships.

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship scheme is funded by Australian Government Department of Health. The Scheme was established in recognition of Dr Arnold 'Puggy' Hunter's significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and his role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

The aim of the scheme is to encourage and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce.

Indigenous Peoples' Medical Scholarship

Applicants for this scholarship must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. For the purposes of this scholarship, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is someone who is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, or who identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives or has lived. Applicants will be asked to provide a letter from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community organisation supporting their claim. Please note that it is the responsibility of applicants to seek advice from Centrelink on how the scholarship payment may affect ABSTUDY or any other government payment.

National Rural Health Students Network scholarships list

For a further list of scholarships available to health students, visit the National Rural Health Students Network (NRHSN) website scholarships page.