Scholarships for domestic students

The following scholarships are available to applicants:

Graduate Entry Program Scholarships

The Graduate Entry and Merit Scholarships are now open for 2014

For 2014 entry there will be up to four scholarships available to students enrolling in the first year of the University of Sydney Medical Program (USydMP).
The Merit award is a 4-year scholarship of $6,000 per annum and the Entry award is $6,000 for the first year only.

To be eligible for these scholarships, you must be a domestic student (ie. Australian or New Zealand citizen, or permanent resident of Australia).
International students may apply for this scholarship only if previous undergraduate studies were undertaken at The University of Sydney.

To be eligible for a Graduate Program Scholarship students must have applied for entry to the University of Sydney Medical Program (USydMP) at the University of Sydney through the Graduate Entry pathway and be commencing study in 2014. (NB Students who have enrolled or who are enrolling via the combined pathway are not eligible).

Graduate Entry Program Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and personal attributes such as leadership and creativity.

Further information, the application form and Terms and Conditions are available from the University Scholarships Office


All scholarship applications will be submitted to and handled by the University Scholarships Office.

The shortlist of scholarship candidates will be determined according to their ranking in the Medical Program selection procedure. A panel will individually assess the applications according to agreed criteria and then come together to make a final decision. The selection panel will be drawn from:

  • Chair of the Admissions Committee or nominee
  • Chair of PPD or nominee
  • One other member of the Admissions Committee

The panel will recommend the award of scholarships to the Dean.

Centrelink income support for students

Student Start-up Scholarships

For: Full-time students in an approved scholarship course, who are receiving Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.

How much: In 2013, the Student Start Up Scholarship is $1,025 for each six months of eligible study, a total of $2,050 in 2013.

Continuing students who qualify for the scholarship will receive it with the first allowance payment they get after 24 February. The second payment to continuing students who qualify will receive it in their first allowance payment after 24 July.

How to apply: No application is necessary. This will be paid directly to eligible students through Centrelink.

Please visit Centrelink for further information and definitions.

Relocation Scholarships

For: Full-time students in an approved scholarship course, who are receiving Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY and who are dependents who have to live away from the family home for study or who meet specific independence criteria.

How much: Students on the Relocation Scholarship will be paid $4,000 in their first year at university and $1,000 each year thereafter.
How to apply: No application is necessary. This will be paid directly to eligible students through Centrelink.

Please visit Centrelink for further information and definitions.

Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarships (RAMUS)

The Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme assists students with a rural background to study medicine at university. Scholarship holders receive $10,000 a year during completion of a standard medical degree at their chosen university. Approximately 100 new RAMUS scholarships are available each year.

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia;
  • have lived in an Australian rural area for a defined minimum period of time - a minimum of five consecutive years, or eight cumulative years from your fifth birthday up to the time you enter medical school;
  • be studying full-time in an accredited Australian medical degree;
  • you can apply for RAMUS if you are applying to study medicine, or if you are already enrolled, and in any year of your medical studies. Accredited medical courses include both undergraduate and graduate-entry courses.
  • be a member of, or agree to join, your university’s student rural health club.

Applications open in November each year and close in the following January.

At this time, the Application Form and Application Guidelines will be available online at

View more information here or contact:

Phone: 1800 460 440 (free call)
Mail: NRHA (RAMUS), PO Box 280, Deakin West ACT 2600

Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme (MRBSS)

The Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme (MRBSS) is part of the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Rural Health Strategy that includes an integrated range of initiatives to deliver more doctors and better health services to rural and regional communities.

The scholarships are attached to 100 new places in medical schools that are offered annually to both graduate and undergraduate entry students.

Each scholarship provides over $24,000 per year, indexed annually and currently tax free, during the course of study.

In return, scholars will agree to work for six years in a rural or remote area once they have qualified as either a general practitioner or specialist.

Contact details to obtain further information on the Medical Rural Bonded Scholarships Scheme:

Phone: MRBSS hotline (freecall) 1800 248 720

Australian Defence Force - Graduate Medical Sponsorship

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) offers the Graduate Medical Scheme which allows persons who already hold an appropriate degree qualification (ie acceptable to the respective Medical School) to be sponsored to qualify as a medical practitioner and then serve in the Australian Defence Force as a Medical Officer.

Successful applicants undertake a four year degree course at one of the Australian universities offering the graduate medical program. This is followed by two years residency (internship and RMO1 year) to be completed at a teaching hospital. It is the responsibility of the applicant to seek acceptance into graduate medical studies at the university of their choice. This includes sitting the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test.

More information

For further details, please visit, or go directly to Army Doctor,
Navy Doctor or Air Force Doctor

For more information on careers in the Navy, Army or Air Force call 13 19 01 or visit one of the Defence Force Recruiting Centres