Applications are now open for the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme, funded by the Australian Government. RAMUS contributes to a better distribution of doctors across Australia by offsetting some of the additional costs borne by medical students from rural, regional or remote areas. The National Rural Health Alliance -the peak organisation for rural and remote health - manages RAMUS for the Australian Government.
Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 12 January 2015. Successful applicants will receive un-bonded scholarships worth $10,000 a year while completing a standard medical degree at their chosen Australian university.
About 150 RAMUS scholarships are available to be awarded in 2015 through a competitive application process. Successful applicants will be chosen 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 may apply for a RAMUS scholarship during any year of their studies. Prospective students who have applied to study medicine in 2015 but do not yet have a confirmed university place are also welcome to apply.
RAMUS scholarship holders have fantastic opportunities to gain experience of rural medical practice through a mentorship program which pairs them with experienced rural doctors.
The RAMUS Scheme currently provides support to 578 medical students with over 500 rural doctors participating 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
Michael Wearne – Manager, RAMUS: 02 6285 4660
Gordon Gregory – Chief Executive Officer: 02 6285 4660