Applications are now open for the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship
(RAMUS) Scheme, funded by the Australian Government and designed to encourage medical
students with a rural background to pursue a medical career in rural, regional or remote
Successful applicants will receive un-bonded scholarships worth $10,000 a year while
completing a standard medical degree at their chosen university.
Subject to availability, 120-140 new RAMUS scholarships will be awarded in 2012 through a
competitive application process. Successful applicants will be selected on the basis of their
background of having lived in rural Australia, demonstrated financial need and their
commitment to work in rural, regional or remote Australia in the future.
Medical students who are currently enrolled, in any year of study, as well as those who have
applied to study medicine but do not yet have a confirmed university place, can apply for
“Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 16 January 2012,” said RAMUS Manager, Susan
The RAMUS Scheme’s support helps successful applicants overcome financial barriers to
study, such as the cost of living away from home or moving away from family support
structures. Under the RAMUS mentorship program, scholarship holders are paired with
experienced rural doctors and have opportunities to gain experience of rural medical practice.
The RAMUS Scheme supports a total of 580 ongoing scholarships, while about 500 rural
doctors currently participate as mentors for RAMUS scholars.
To access the online application form, or find further details about the RAMUS Scheme,
applicants should visit the RAMUS website at http://ramus.ruralhealth.org.au
Susan Magnay - Manager RAMUS: (02) 6285 4660
Penny Hanley - Media: (02) 6285 4660