Mick McLoughlin Memorial Bursary

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Founded in 2003 by the family of the late Dr Mick McLoughlin. Dr McLoughlin was a prominent rural doctor who practised in a number of locations in North Queensland including Cairns, Cooktown and Collinsville, up until his death in 1999. The purpose of the bursary is to support a senior medical student undertaking an elective in the developing world.

Student TypeUndergraduate, fifth year
Area of StudyMedicine
Total Value$2,500
Duration1 year
Closing Date4 August

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 Permanent Australian Visa holder
  • I am currently enrolled in Year 5 of the MBBS program
  • I intend to undertake the Year 6 elective in the developing world and commit to supplying an oral and written report upon return; and
  • I am of good academic standing.

What would I receive?

If you are a successful applicant of this scholarship you will receive a single payment of $2,500.

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 certified copy of your birth certificate, passport or permanent visa;
  • A certified copy of their academic record from James Cook University and any other academic institution; and
  • no more than three references attesting to the applicant's good character and/or suitability to receive the bursary; and
  • their curriculum vitae; and
  • submit an application including the development of a project plan, and commit to do an elective placement in a developing country – see below for details; and
  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

1. Application

The application should be no longer than five pages (excluding the cover), in 12 point text and should address the following:

For the purposes of this Bursary, a developing nation is defined as any country not considered to be an advanced economy, such as the United States, Japan, Western Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Scandinavia, Israel, New Zealand and Iceland.

  • What skills or experience will you draw on to enable you to successfully undertake to work in a developing country? (e.g., excellent clinical and analytical skills; prior experience, etc)
  • Address the following selection criteria using the headings provided:
    • Cultural awareness and sensitivity to the needs of others and how this will assist with meeting your objectives including communication and interpersonal skills that enable you to work well with other people;  
    • Self assurance and confidence in a range of situations;  
    • An ability to solve problems using limited resources and facilities such as adaptability and flexibility to deal with challenging situations;  
    • A desire to learn and assist others to learn;  
    • Your motivation to live and work in a developing country;  
    • How you believe your hosts (or health services- specify) in the developing country will benefit from your placement and visit, and  
    • How you would benefit from this experience, both personally and professionally.

2. Project Plan

The project plan should be no more than 2000 words and should outline an activity or series of activities that will be undertaken during your placement. The activities must benefit the community/hosts/health services you will be involved with. Outline also how these activities have been negotiated to be mutually beneficial. For example, the activities might involve assisting in the setup of a clinic, or review or medications as part of stock control, or undertaking a survey, or delivering education to health care personnel.

The activity should be implementable within the timeframe specified, but can be continued upon return to Australia and provided as a report to the hosts or health service sponsoring your placement.

The plan should address the following areas:

* Choice of topic and justification (including how this was mutually negotiated);

* General approach to the project;

* Implementation and delivery of the activity/ies;

* Resources required;

* Monitoring and evaluation of the activity/ies;

* Follow up (including the provision of a report to the host community); and

* Sustainability and ongoing funding (if relevant).

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

Founded in 2003 by the family of the late Dr Mick McLoughlin. Dr McLoughlin was a prominent rural doctor who practised in a number of locations in North Queensland including Cairns, Cooktown and Collinsville, up until his death in 1999. The purpose of the bursary is to support a senior medical student undertaking an elective in the developing world.

Nature of the Scholarship

The value of the scholarship shall be $2,500 or such amount as the Selection Committee determines from time to time.

Eligibility Criteria

The Mick McLoughlin Memorial Bursary shall be open to competition among candidates who:

  • are domestic students, i.e. Australian or New Zealand citizens and holders of a permanent visa; and
  • are enrolled in year 5 of the MBBS program; and
  • who intend to undertake the year 6 elective in the developing world and commit to supplying an oral and written report upon return; and
  • be of good academic standing.

    (A certified copy of your birth certificate, passport or permanent visa must be attached)

Selection Criteria

The Selection Committee will, in the exercise of their absolute discretion, afford consideration to the following criteria:

  • academic merit or potential; and
  • the character of the candidate for the award; and
  • demonstrated interest health service delivery or programs or systems in a developing nation; and
  • any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate, including whether the candidate has, or will receive any other scholarship assistance during their studies.

Application Procedures

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

Applicants must attach to the official form:

  • A certified copy of your birth certificate, passport or permanent visa;
  • A certified copy of their academic record from James Cook University and any other academic institution; and
  • no more than three references attesting to the applicant's good character and/or suitability to receive the bursary; and
  • their curriculum vitae; and
  • submit an application including the development of a project plan, and commit to do an elective placement in a developing country – see below for details; and
  • any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.

1. Application

The application should be no longer than five pages (excluding the cover), in 12 point text and should address the following:

For the purposes of this Bursary, a developing nation is defined as any country not considered to be an advanced economy, such as the United States, Japan, Western Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Scandinavia, Israel, New Zealand and Iceland.

  • What skills or experience will you draw on to enable you to successfully undertake to work in a developing country? (e.g., excellent clinical and analytical skills; prior experience, etc)
  • Address the following selection criteria using the headings provided:
    • Cultural awareness and sensitivity to the needs of others and how this will assist with meeting your objectives including communication and interpersonal skills that enable you to work well with other people;  
    • Self assurance and confidence in a range of situations;  
    • An ability to solve problems using limited resources and facilities such as adaptability and flexibility to deal with challenging situations;  
    • A desire to learn and assist others to learn;  
    • Your motivation to live and work in a developing country;  
    • How you believe your hosts (or health services- specify) in the developing country will benefit from your placement and visit, and  
    • How you would benefit from this experience, both personally and professionally.

2. Project Plan

The project plan should be no more than 2000 words and should outline an activity or series of activities that will be undertaken during your placement. The activities must benefit the community/hosts/health services you will be involved with. Outline also how these activities have been negotiated to be mutually beneficial. For example, the activities might involve assisting in the setup of a clinic, or review or medications as part of stock control, or undertaking a survey, or delivering education to health care personnel.

The activity should be implementable within the timeframe specified, but can be continued upon return to Australia and provided as a report to the hosts or health service sponsoring your placement.

The plan should address the following areas:

* Choice of topic and justification (including how this was mutually negotiated);

* General approach to the project;

* Implementation and delivery of the activity/ies;

* Resources required;

* Monitoring and evaluation of the activity/ies;

* Follow up (including the provision of a report to the host community); and

* Sustainability and ongoing funding (if relevant).

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 good character and suitability to receive the bursary, 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 bursary shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise of:

  • Dean, College of Medicine and Dentistry (Chair) or nominee; and
  • convener of Year 5/6 in the College of Medicine or nominee; and
  • other members deemed appropriate, as determined by the Chair.

The Selection Committee reserves the right:

  • not to award a bursary in any year if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no candidate of sufficient merit to warrant an award;
  • to award a bursary for a period of one or more years; and
  • to extend a bursary for the existing recipient.

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 bursary.

Conditions of the Scholarship

If the holder of an award fails to comply with any of these provisions or any provision relating to a particular award or with any conditions imposed under these provisions or the provisions relating to a particular award, the Council may terminate the award or withhold any further emoluments or take such action as it may deem necessary to enforce compliance with the provision or performance of the condition by the holder.

The recipient of the bursary shall continue to receive the award on condition that in the opinion of the Selection Committee, and on advice from the head of the college in which the recipient is undertaking a course of study, that the recipient maintains a satisfactory level of performance. Where it is determined that the level of academic performance is unsatisfactory the Selection Committee may in its absolute discretion cancel the award or suspend the award for such time as it may determine and/or until academic performance is considered satisfactory. Where an award is cancelled pursuant to the provisions to this clause it may, for the remainder of the term for which the original holder would have been entitled to it, be awarded to another suitable candidate.

In the event the Selection Committee cancels or suspends the student's bursary, at the request of the student within 14 days, a review of the decision shall be undertaken by an Appeal Panel. The bursary shall not be awarded to another suitable candidate before the Appeal Panel makes a final decision on the review. The Appeal Panel shall comprise the Deputy Vice-Chancellor or nominee (Chair); two staff members of the appropriate Faculty appointed by the Executive Dean; and either the Student Association Academic Support Services Coordinator or the Student Association Welfare Coordinator. The staff members appointed by the Executive Dean shall have no association with the teaching of the subject(s) in which the unsatisfactory academic performance is alleged. Unless the circumstances are exceptional, the Appeal Panel shall consider only: the student's grounds for requesting the review; any documents relevant to the finding of unsatisfactory academic performance; and the reason for the decision by the Selection Committee.

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

In the event that the recipient suspends their study, the bursary shall be suspended.

Administration of the Scholarship

The bursary shall be administered by the Head of Discipline, General Practice & Rural Medicine, on behalf of the Selection Committee.

The funds of the bursary 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 bursary.

Where there is a fund maintaining the award, the annual value of the award shall be approximately equal to the annual income from the fund.

Income from a fund not expended on the award which it maintains, shall be added to and become part of the fund.

Moneys payable in any year to the holder of an award shall be paid at such times and in such amounts as the Registrar deems appropriate to the circumstance of each case.

Where a special provision relating to an award provides for the award to be paid in cash, the Vice-Chancellor may direct that in lieu of cash the award to be made in whole or in part in the form of books, instruments or equipment necessary to the awardee's course to a value approximately equal to the stated amount of the award, unless the terms of any trust or the conditions laid down by the donor of the award expressly provide otherwise.

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
"candidate" means the person applying for the scholarship

Scholarships for the purpose of these guidelines exclude scholarships for project and stipend support of research higher degree students.