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Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS)

What it does

The RAMUS Scheme provides scholarships to medical students from a rural background with a demonstrated financial need and a commitment to working in rural Australia in the future.

The Scheme provides approximately 130 new scholarships each year worth $10,000 a year to assist scholarship recipients in meeting living, travel and accommodation costs incurred while studying for a medical degree. These scholarships are not bonded.

To be eligible, you have to:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • have lived in a defined Australian rural area for a minimum of five consecutive years, or eight cumulative years, commencing from age five.
  • be studying full-time in an accredited Australian undergraduate or graduate-entry medical degree.

You must also agree to be a member of your university’s student rural health club and must not be receiving any other scholarships, cadetships or bursaries with a combined value of more than $7,000 per year.

You can apply for RAMUS in any year of your undergraduate or graduate medical course.

The Scheme was established in 2000. Since then, more than 2,200 scholarships have been awarded to rural medical students, and more than 1,600 RAMUS scholars have graduated from medical studies.

About 500 rural doctors across Australia are RAMUS mentors.

The Scheme is run by the National Rural Health Alliance on behalf of the Department of Health.

What it achieves

RAMUS encourages scholarship holders to maintain and strengthen their ties to rural Australia and to develop an appreciation of work as a medical practitioner in rural areas.

All scholarship holders have a rural doctor as a mentor and are required to be a member of their university’s student rural health club.

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