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AMA Indigenous Peoples Medical Scholarship 2016

Applications for the AMA Indigenous Peoples Medical Scholarship 2016 are now open.

The Scholarship, open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people currently studying medicine, is worth $10,000 a year, and is provided for a full course of study.

The Scholarship commences no earlier than the second year of the recipient’s medical degree.

To receive the Scholarship, the recipient must be enrolled at an Australian medical school at the time of application, and have successfully completed the first year of a medical degree (though first-year students can apply before completing the first year).

In awarding the Scholarship, preference will be given to applicants who do not already hold any other substantial scholarship. Applicants must be someone who is of 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 and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisation supporting their claim.

The Scholarship will be awarded on the recommendation of an advisory committee appointed by the AMA’s Indigenous Health Taskforce. Selection will be based on:

  • academic performance;
  • reports from referees familiar with applicant’s work regarding their suitability for a career in medicine; and
  • a statement provided by the applicant describing his or her aspirations, purpose in studying medicine, and the uses to which he or she hopes to put his or her medical training.

Each applicant will be asked to provide a curriculum vitae (maximum two pages) including employment history, the contact details of two referees, and a transcript of academic results.

The Scholarship will be awarded for a full course of study, subject to review at the end of each year.

If a Scholarship holder’s performance in any semester is unsatisfactory in the opinion of the head of the medical faculty or institution, further payments under the Scholarship may be withheld or suspended.

The value of the Scholarship in 2016 will be $10,000 per annum, paid in a lump sum.

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.

Applications close 31 January 2016.

The Application Form can be downloaded at: file:///C:/Users/arollins/Downloads/Application-Form-and-Conditions-for-AMA-Indigenous-Peoples’-Medical-Scholarship-2016.pdf

The Indigenous Peoples’ Medical Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1994 with a contribution from the Australian Government. The Trust is administered by the Australian Medical Association.

The Australian Medical Association would also like to acknowledge the contributions of the Reuben Pelerman Benevolent Foundation and also the late Beryl Jamieson’s wishes for donations towards the Indigenous Peoples’ Medical Scholarship.

 

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