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 Australia.
Successful applicants will receive un-bonded scholarships worth $10,000 a year while completing a standard medical degree at their chosen university.
About140 new RAMUS scholarships will be awarded in 2013 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.
Students who will be enrolled in medicine in 2013, and in any year of study, can apply for RAMUS. Prospective students who have applied to study medicine in 2013, but do not yet have a confirmed university place, can also apply.
“Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 14 January 2013,” said RAMUS Manager, Susan Magnay.
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 587 ongoing scholarships. Over 500 rural doctors participate as mentors for RAMUS scholars.
The online application form and full details of the eligibility and selection criteria for the RAMUS Scheme are available at the RAMUS website at http://ramus.ruralhealth.org.au
Susan Magnay - Manager RAMUS: (02) 6285 4660
Penny Hanley - Media: (02) 6285 4660