AMA Queensland Foundation Medical Scholarship

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This Scholarship was established in 2013 by the AMA Queensland Foundation. The AMA Queensland Foundation supports medical students who express an interest in practising medicine within indigenous or rural communities in Queensland for the entirety of their medical training.

Student TypeUndergraduate, 2nd year
Area of StudyMedicine
Total Value$30,000
Duration6 years
Applications Open 1 November
Applications Close31 January

Am I eligible?

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for this scholarship.

  • I am an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent visa holder
  • I am commencing my second year of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery I
  • am or will be enrolled full-time
  • I have obtained a GPA of 4.0 or above
  • I am experiencing financial hardship.

What would I receive?

If you are a successful applicant of this scholarship you will receive $5,000 per year of study for up to six years.
Payments shall be made each year of the award as follows:

  • First payment (years 1 and 2) $10,000 after the census date of Study Period 1 in year 2;
  • Second, third and fourth payments (years 3 – 5), $5,000 after the census date of Study Period 1 in each of years 3, 4 and 5;
  • Fifth payment (year 6) $5,000 after study period 1 results release in year 6.

How do I apply?

Prior to completing an application, you should carefully read the Scholarship Rules below.
Applicants wanting to apply for this scholarship must attach the following documents:

  • a copy of their academic record from James Cook University or any other academic institution;
  • a certified copy of proof of citizenship;
  • their curriculum vitae;
  • a written reference from a community leader  which demonstrates the applicants involvement in community-based activities:
  • documentation to support the financial status of the applicant; a
  • written statement demonstrating the applicant’s:
    • commitment to Rural Medicine
    • interest in Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health
    • commitment to providing regular progress updates and images to the AMA Queensland Foundation which may be used in AMA Queensland publications; and
  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

When applying for a scholarship it is very important that you ensure that you include all relevant documents (including a completed application form) and that your application is submitted before the closing date. If an application is incomplete, it will not be considered.

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What happens now?

Your application is checked for completeness and eligibility, and you will receive an email confirmation it has been received. After the closing date it will be individually assessed and put forward to a selection committee who will rank your application against others who have applied. Applicants may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

SCHOLARSHIP RULES

Introduction

This Scholarship was established in 2013 by the AMA Queensland Foundation. The AMA Queensland Foundation supports medical students who express an interest in practising medicine within indigenous or rural communities in Queensland for the entirety of their medical training.
This scholarship is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.

Nature of the Scholarship

The value of the scholarship shall be $5,000 per year of study for up to 6 years.  One new Scholarship will be awarded each year.

Eligibility Criteria

The AMA Queensland Foundation Medical Scholarship shall be open to competition among applicants who:

  • are domestic students, i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa; and
  • are commencing their second year of the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery; and
  • are enrolled full-time; and
  • have obtained a GPA of 4.0 or above; and
  • are experiencing financial hardship.

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria are:

  • academic merit or potential;
  • demonstrated commitment to Rural Medicine including membership in the Rural Health in Northern Outback (RHINO) club; and
  • demonstrated interest in Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health; and
  • extent of financial hardship.

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted on the official application form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee for the year in which the award is to be made.

Applicants must submit with the official form, where appropriate:

  • a copy of their academic record from James Cook University or a certified copy from any other academic institution;
  • a certified copy of proof of citizenship;
  • their curriculum vitae;
  • a written reference from a community leader  which demonstrates the applicants involvement in community-based activities.;
  • documentation to support the financial status of the applicant; 
  • a written statement demonstrating the applicant’s:
    • commitment to Rural Medicine
    • interest in Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health
    • commitment to providing regular progress updates and images to the AMA Queensland Foundation which may be used in AMA Queensland publications;

    and any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.

The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquiries as to the applicant’s suitability to receive the scholarship, which includes authorisation for the Selection Committee to examine the applicant’s academic record, and seek opinions from relevant members of the academic staff of this University or any other academic institution.

Selection Process

The award of the scholarship shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:

  • Director of Rural Clinical Training and Support, School of Medicine & Dentistry (Chair), or nominee; and
  • Director of Students, School of Medicine & Dentistry, or nominee; andA
  • Rural Health in Northern Outback (RHINO) Club student representative who is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery.

The Selection Committee reserves the right not to award a Scholarship in any year if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no applicant of sufficient merit to warrant an award.

The Selection Committee may require applicants to undertake an interview as part of their application.

The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection process.

Payments

Moneys payable to the recipient of an award shall be paid in a single instalment each year as follows:

  • First payment (years 1 and 2) $10,000 after the census date of Study Period 1 in year 2;
  • Second, third and fourth payments (years 3 – 5), $5,000 after the census date of Study Period 1 in each of years 3, 4 and 5;
  • Fifth payment (year 6) $5,000 after study period 1 results release in year 6.

Ongoing eligibility

The recipient must maintain a course GPA of 4.0 or above.

Where the recipient fails to meet this requirement evidence of special circumstances contributing to the reduced GPA must be provided to the Selection Committee for consideration of ongoing eligibility.

Conditions of the Scholarship

By accepting the scholarship, the applicant agrees to provide regular progress updates and images to the AMA Queensland Foundation and consents to their use in AMA Queensland publications.

In the event that the recipient is granted an approved leave of absence, the scholarship shall be suspended for a maximum of twelve months.

If the recipient of a scholarship fails to comply with any of the conditions of this scholarship, the Chair of the Selection Committee may suspend or terminate the scholarship, or take such action as it deems necessary to enforce compliance with the condition by the holder.

The requirements of the Scholarship shall not make the awarding of the Scholarship conditional upon the recipient providing unremunerated services or products to the donor.

In the event the Chair, Selection Committee terminates or suspends the student’s bursary, a student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Complaint Management Policy and Procedures.

Administration of the Scholarship

The scholarship shall be administered by the School of Medicine and Dentistry, on behalf of the Selection Committee.

The funds of the scholarship shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the officer of the University charged with administering the scholarship.

Where an award provides some benefit to the recipient from a body external to the University, or an obligation upon a body external to the University, the University, its servants and agents, shall not be liable for that benefit or obligation.

Definitions

Unless there appears a contrary intention in these rules:
“academic institution” includes University, Technical and Further Education College, private education provider, secondary school and any other institution that undertakes teaching or research;
“academic record” means the official records of the University, or any other academic institution that details the levels of academic achievement attained by the person whose academic record it is;
“award” means the scholarship;
“awardee” means the recipient of a scholarship; and
“applicant” means the person applying for the scholarship