Applications are now open for the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme, funded by the Australian Government and designed to offset some of the additional costs borne by medical students from rural, regional or remote Australia.
Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 13 January 2014.
Successful applicants will receive un-bonded scholarships worth $10,000 a year while completing a standard medical degree at their chosen university.
About130 RAMUS scholarships are available to be awarded in 2014 through a competitive application process. Successful applicants will be selected on the basis of the proportion of their formative years spent in rural areas (weighted to give some priority to more remote areas), their demonstrated financial need, and their commitment to working in rural, regional or remote Australia in the future.
Students who, in 2014, are enrolled in any year of their medical degree can apply for a RAMUS scholarship. Prospective students who have applied to study medicine in 2014, but do not yet have a confirmed university place, are welcome to apply.
“Support from the RAMUS Scheme helps selected medical students from rural and remote areas to overcome some of the financial barriers to study, such as the costs of moving and living away from home and family support structures”, said RAMUS Manager, Susan Magnay.
“RAMUS scholarship holders have opportunities to gain experience of rural medical practice through a mentorship program which pairs them with experienced rural doctors”, she said.
The RAMUS Scheme currently provides support to 587 medical students. 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 scholarship are available at the RAMUS website at http://ramus.ruralhealth.org.au
Susan Magnay - Manager RAMUS: (02) 6285 4660