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Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS)
What it doesThe RAMUS Scheme provides 587 scholarships worth $10,000 a year to medical students to help with travel and accommodation costs while they’re studying for a medical degree.
To be eligible, you have to:
- be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
- have lived in a rural area for a minimum of 5 consecutive years, or 8 cumulative years, from your fifth birthday up to the time of starting your medical degree
- be studying full-time in 2013 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.
Around 120 new scholarships are offered every year.
The Scheme was established in 2000. Since then, more than 1,800 scholarships have been awarded to rural medical students, and more than 1,100 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 and Ageing.
What it achievesRAMUS 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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