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Scholarships for medical students

Overview

Medical students may be eligible to apply for scholarships that are only open to medical students, scholarships for students throughout the Division of Health Sciences, and scholarships for students throughout the University.

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University of Otago scholarships database

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Early Learning in Medicine (ELM) scholarships

These scholarships are available to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents only.

Class of 1979 Undergraduate Medical Scholarship 2nd or 3rd Year MB ChB

  • Current value: NZ$3,000
  • Closing date: 31 March of the academic year for which the scholarship applies

The Class of 1979 Undergraduate Medical Scholarship was established in 2005 by members of the MB ChB Class of 1979. One or two scholarships will be awarded annually to second or third year medical students. The inaugural award was made in 2009.

Candidates must be:

  • Enrolled in the second or third year of the course leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Otago
  • A New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

Financial difficulty or hardship which may limit the student's ability to otherwise complete the medical course will be the main criterion. This will be the primary criterion by which recipients are selected in conjunction with academic ability and personality.

The scholarship may be held for one year only and must be taken up in the year in which it is awarded. The scholarship may be held concurrently with other awards, subject to approval from the Dean of the Otago Medical School.

Every holder of the scholarship must submit a written report on their studies to the Dean by 1 December of the year in which they hold the award.

Application:

Second or third-year medical students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A typed statement written by the applicant, outlining how the scholarship would help them to continue with their medical studies along with the qualities, interests, and achievements that would make them a worthy recipient of the scholarship (750 words maximum, using the cover letter template)
  • A description of your financial position (one A4 page maximum, using the budget sheet template)

Compile these two documents into a single file (preferably a PDF; not a zip folder), and email to otagomedicalschool@otago.ac.nz.

All information is held in the strictest confidence.

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Dr E C Grant and Mrs H M Grant Memorial Medical Scholarship

  • Closing date: 1 March of the academic year for which the scholarship applies

The Edward C Grant Memorial Medical Scholarship was established in 2009. Dr Peter Grant wished to commemorate his father with a full, four-year scholarship to the University of Otago Medical School for a student admitted to the medical programme who is from the East Coast of the North Island, a place of importance to Dr Grant. At the request of Dr Peter Grant, the name, value and tenure of the Scholarship were amended from 2013.

Current Value: 50% of tuition fees per annum for four years of the MB ChB programme, with the proviso that the student successfully achieves a pass standard each year. Additionally, each year, an amount equivalent to 25% of the cost of Health Sciences First Year tuition fees (in the year preceding award of the Scholarship), with the proviso that the student successfully achieves a pass standard each year.

The trainee internship (6th year) is not included in this scholarship.

The University of Otago scholarships database has further information.

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Dr Nancy Butt Memorial Scholarship 2nd Year MB ChB

  • Current value: £2,000 per annum for 4 years.
  • Closing date: 31 March of the academic year for which the scholarship applies

Students in the second-year medical class are invited to apply for the Dr Nancy Butt Memorial Scholarship. The Dr Nancy Butt Memorial Scholarship was established in 1995 in memory of the late Dr Nancy Serena Geddis Butt, who graduated MB ChB from the University of Otago in 1947.

The Scholarship will be awarded by the University Council on the recommendation of the Dean of the Otago Medical School. The scholarship is to assist a student with clear ability but who, without adequate financial means, would otherwise find it difficult to complete the medical course.

It is available to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents entering the second year of the course leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, and will be paid for four years. Annual continuation of the scholarship is conditional on the recipient remaining enrolled for the medical course and maintaining a satisfactory academic standard.

Application:

Second-year medical students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are applying (one A4 page maximum, using the cover letter template)
  • A current CV (two A4 pages maximum)
  • A description of your financial position (one A4 page maximum, using the budget sheet template)

Compile these three documents into a single file (preferably a PDF; not a zip folder), and email to otagomedicalschool@otago.ac.nz.

All information is held in the strictest confidence.

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Gloag-Fitchett Memorial Medical Education Trust Scholarship 2nd Year MB ChB

  • Current value: NZ$1,000
  • Closing date: 31 March of the academic year for which the scholarship applies

In 1996 one of our recent graduates, Marcus Fitchett, and his partner Rachael Gloag were tragically killed in a car accident in Canada. Marcus was a very highly-regarded student with a real breadth of interests. While completing his undergraduate medical course he also completed a BMedSc on the connectionist theory of reasoning, a BA in Philosophy, and an MSc with Distinction in Cognitive Science. Rachael was a nurse and at the time she died was expected to apply for entry to Medical School.

The families of Marcus and Rachael have established an independent charitable trust, known as the Gloag-Fitchett Memorial Medical Education Trust. The Trust has been established to help medical students who are experiencing real financial difficulties and also students who are coming to the Medical School after training in other health professions or after a prolonged period of study.

The trustees will decide the number of awards of NZ$1,000 each year. You are invited to apply if you are facing significant financial difficulties and in particular if coming from a low income family background. Any entry pathway into medicine is eligible.

Application:

Second-year medical students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A cover letter explaining why the Scholarship would be of particular value to you (1,000 words maximum, using the cover letter template)
  • A current CV (two A4 pages maximum)
  • A description of your financial position using the (one A4 page maximum, using the budget sheet template)

Compile these three documents into a single file (preferably a PDF; not a zip folder), and email to otagomedicalschool@otago.ac.nz.

All information is held in the strictest confidence.

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Muriwai Popata Scholarship

  • Closing date: TBA

The Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika Trust Muriwai Popata Scholarship award is intended to provide one-year’s support to students in medical school or University with a General Practice focus and proven academic evidence. The value of this scholarship is normally NZ$10,000 per annum.

Activation of the award shall take place only upon proof of enrolment.

Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika Trust (the Trust) will be responsible for the administration of the scholarship.

The Te Hiku Hauora website has further information.

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University of Otago Prestige Scholarships and University of Otago Scholarships

University of Otago Prestige Scholarships and University of Otago Scholarships are awarded by the University Council on the basis of high academic achievement to top performing MB ChB students at the completion of their third year of the programme.

To be eligible, students must not have repeated any year of the course or been identified with concerns (eg Fitness to Practice).

Otago Prestige Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who have achieved Distinction in both second and third year (current value: NZ$1,500).

Otago Scholarships will be awarded to excellent students, who have achieved one Distinction in the second or third year (current value: NZ$750).

Note: These regulations are to be read in conjunction with the general regulations concerning University of Otago Scholarships and Prizes, as published in the University Calendar.

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Women's Doctors' Fund Scholarship 3rd Year MB ChB

  • Current value: NZ$500
  • Closing date: 31 March of the academic year for which the scholarship applies

The Women Doctors' Fund Scholarship was established in 2004 by Dr Rosy Fenwicke (MB ChB 1980), a GP in Wellington, and her contributors, who have generously donated the royalties from her book entitled In Practice: The Lives of New Zealand Women Doctors in the 21st Century (first published in 2004).

The scholarship is a single payment and is awarded in the second semester of the year. The scholarship may be held concurrently with other scholarships and awards, subject to approval from the Dean.

The scholarship is available to a female student who is a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand permanent resident in their 3rd year of study towards the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Otago.

The successful applicant will exhibit humanity, humour, courage, and an open and an inquiring mind.

The Dean of the Otago Medical School shall select nominees for the scholarship.

Application:

Third-year female medical students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A cover letter explaining why they would be a worthy recipient of the award (500 words maximum, using the cover letter template)
  • A current CV (two A4 pages maximum)

Compile these three documents into a single file (preferably a PDF; not a zip folder), and email to otagomedicalschool@otago.ac.nz.

All information is held in the strictest confidence.

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Advanced Learning in Medicine (ALM) scholarships

These scholarships are available to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents only.

Archibald James and Kitty Mears Gordon Campbell Scholarships 4th Year MB ChB

  • The amount is determined by the Trust each year
  • Closing date: 31 March of the academic year for which the scholarship applies

These scholarships were established in 2003 and awarded for the first time in 2005, in memory of the late Archibald James and Kitty Mears Gordon Campbell.

Three scholarships will be payable annually in such amounts as shall be determined by the Trust Board. The Scholarships shall be paid to one student from each of the Dunedin School of Medicine; the University of Otago, Christchurch; and the University of Otago, Wellington. Students about to commence their clinical years of study are entitled to apply. The Scholarships is not available to students studying in other years of the MB ChB course and shall not be available to students who repeat their first year of their clinical studies.

The interviewing committee will consider both academic and financial criteria in determining the eligibility of students for these Scholarships with the intention being that students who have little or no financial assistance available from their family or from any other source but who are academically able will be recommended by the committee.

Every holder of the scholarship must submit a brief statement on how they used these funds to the Dean, Otago Medical School, by 15 November of the year in which they hold the award.

Application:

Fourth-year medical students who wish to apply must submit:

  • An outline of why the Scholarship would be of particular value to you (using the Campbell Scholarship cover letter template)
  • A current CV (two A4 pages maximum)
  • Details on your financial position including the extent of your student loan and other debt, your income, whether you are eligible for a student allowance, and proof that you are receiving an allowance (using the budget sheet template)

Compile these three documents into a single file (preferably a PDF; not a zip folder), and email to otagomedicalschool@otago.ac.nz.

All information is held in the strictest confidence.

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Dr Emily Hancock Siedeberg Scholarship 4th Year MB ChB Women Students

  • Current value: NZ$1,250
  • Closing date: 31 March of the academic year for which the scholarship applies

The Emily Siedeberg Scholarship was established in 2007 by the Trustees of the Estate of the late Bent S M Host and his wife Emily, who was a niece of Dr Emily Siedeberg, the first female medical graduate of the University of Otago in 1896.

The scholarship is a single payment and may not be held concurrently with any other scholarships or awards.

The scholarship is available to a female student who is a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand permanent resident and who is about to enter the 4th year of study towards the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Otago.

The Dean of the Otago Medical School shall recommend the nominee for the scholarship.

Application:

Fourth-year female medical students who wish to apply must submit:

  • An essay outlining their future medical career plans (1000 word maximum, using the cover letter template)
  • A current CV (two A4 pages maximum)

Compile these two documents into a single file (preferably a PDF; not a zip folder), and email to otagomedicalschool@otago.ac.nz.

All information is held in the strictest confidence.

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New Zealand Medical Women’s Association Elective Scholarship for Women MB ChB Students

  • Current value: Up to NZ$500
  • Closing date: 31 July of the academic year for which the scholarship applies

This scholarship was established in 2008 by the New Zealand Medical Women's Association.

The Scholarship(s) will be up to the value of $500. The scholarship will be paid in one installment at the beginning of the student's final academic year.

The Scholarship is available to assist a final year female medical student at the University of Otago who is a New Zealand citizen to undertake an elective that focuses on the health of women and children.

A sub-committee of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women (Otago Branch) shall recommend the nominee for the Scholarship to the Council of the University of Otago.

On completion of the elective, the successful applicant will provide a report on her elective experience within three months of completion of the elective to the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women (Otago Branch).

Application:

Fifth-year female medical students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A statement on her life experience and influences and a brief outline of the proposed elective (500 words maximum, using the cover letter template)
  • A current CV with the contact details of two referees (two A4 pages maximum)
  • An application by 1 November in the year preceding the award

Compile the two application documents into a single file (preferably a PDF; not a zip folder), and email to otagomedicalschool@otago.ac.nz.

All information is held in the strictest confidence.

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Robert James Jenkins Memorial Award 5th and 6th Year MB ChB

  • Current value: NZ$1,200
  • Closing date: 31 March 2018

This award was established in 2003 with funds bequeathed through the Robert James Jenkins Memorial Trust. Robert James Jenkins (1971–1986) was the son of Claude and Elaine Jenkins of Dunedin.

This award will be available to assist 5th or 6th year medical students, who are New Zealand citizens or New Zealand permanent residents, and who are experiencing financial hardship that makes it difficult to continue at University. The award may be held for one year only and must be taken up in the year in which it is awarded. The award may be held concurrently with other awards, subject to approval from the Dean.

The Selection Committee will consider financial difficulty the primary criterion but academic merit will also be taken into account.

Every holder of the award must submit a written report on their studies to the Dean by 1 December of the year in which they hold the award.

Application:

Fifth or sixth-year medical students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A statement outlining how the award will make a difference to you and your study (500 words maximum, using the cover letter template)
  • A current CV (two A4 pages maximum)
  • A description of your financial position using the (one A4 page maximum, using the budget sheet template)

Compile these three documents into a single file (preferably a PDF; not a zip folder), and email to otagomedicalschool@otago.ac.nz.

All information is held in the strictest confidence.

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Pat Farry Rural Health Travelling Scholarships

For 5th Year MB ChB students in the RMIP Programme about to commence the Trainee Intern Year.

The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust Travelling Scholarship shall be awarded annually. The amount of the funds available is up to $10,000 and may be divided between up to two recipients.

The Scholarship is available to students of the University of Otago Medical School to be specifically used to fund their Trainee Intern (6th year) Elective. Scholarship applications will be invited from 5th Year students based in either Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin Schools to enable their advanced elective planning. Preference will be given to those participating in the 5th Year Rural Medical Immersion Programme.

The Trust reserves the right not to award the scholarships in the event of unsatisfactory applications.

The Pat Farry Trust website has further information.

Applications should be submitted to the Secretary of the Trust, to whom all other queries can be directed:

The Secretary
Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust
PO Box 1252
Queenstown 9348
New Zealand

Tel 64 3 442 6624
Mob 64 27 632 0821
Email info@patfarrytrust.co.nz

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BMedSc(Hons) scholarships

These scholarships are available to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents only.

Applications for students admitted to the BMedSc(Hons) programme can be made by completing and submitting the COVER LETTER template (maximum 1 A4 page) with a current CV (maximum 2 A4 pages) to: otagomedicalschool@otago.ac.nz

Closing Date: 6 October of the academic year for which the scholarship applies
Queries:
Jacqui Bradshaw – jacqui.bradshaw@otago.ac.nz

A F J Mickle Scholarship

  • Current value: NZ$600

The A F J Mickle Scholarship was established in 1935 by Mrs Mickle of Christchurch in memory of her husband, Dr A F J Mickle.

Applications are invited from candidates who will have passed the Third Year Examination, MB ChB, and will be taking the course for the Degree of Bachelor of Medical Science in Anatomy or in Physiology, or in Biochemistry.

The Scholarship shall not be tenable with a Senior Scholarship, but candidates may hold a Junior Award in Health Research.

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Barbara Heslop Memorial Scholarship

o Current value: NZ$8,500

The Barbara Heslop Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 in memory to the late Professor Barbara Heslop who graduated from Otago Medical School in 1948 and had a forty year career at Otago in the Departments of Pathology and Surgery, specialising in transplantation research.

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students (New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents) to fund stipends and/or fees for one-year research degrees – BMedSc for medical students or Honours for BSc or BBiomedSc students. These postgraduate degrees must be in the disciplines of Pathology or Immunology and must be undertaken in a department of the Otago Medical School at any of its three main campuses (Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington).

Selection for the award shall take into account the applicant’s academic performance, research experience, availability of supervision, and of appropriate resource provision, as well as the quality of the proposed research environment. The tenure of the award is one year.

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Brian Hardy Memorial BMedSc(Hons) Scholarship

  • Current value: $8,000

Established in 2016 in memory to the late Professor Brian Hardy who graduated from the Otago Medical School in 1964. He completed his surgical training in Dunedin, spending considerable time in immunological research with Dr Barbara Heslop. He subsequently completed a urological fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles and a further fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the Boston’s Children’s Hospital. His first academic appointment was at the University of Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital. During his 30-year career as Chief of the Division of Paediatric Urology at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital he built his division into one of the leading paediatric urological programmes in the United States. Many of his contributions were not well known in New Zealand but he retained a firm commitment to the country and his educational heritage.

The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students in the BMedSc(Hons) programme studying in a Paediatric discipline at the Otago Medical School.
Selection for the award shall take into account the applicant’s academic performance, research experience, availability of supervision, and appropriate resource provision, as well as the quality of the proposed research environment. The tenure of the award is one year.

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James Renfrew White BMedSc(Hons) Scholarship

  • Current value: $5,000

A bequest was received from the late Miss Ida G White in memory of her brother, the late Mr James Renfrew White, a graduate of the Otago Medical School who was the Director of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Otago Hospital Board and Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery from 1920 to 1948 to support a prize. In 2017, in addition to the prize, a scholarship was established to be awarded for the first time in 2018.

Applications are invited from any 3rd or 5th Year student intending to enrol for the Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours degree in a surgical discipline, with preference given to an Orthopaedic Surgery topic.

Selection for the scholarship shall take into account the applicant’s academic performance.

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L F Hall Scholarship

  • Current value: NZ$5,000

This Scholarship was established in 2011 under the terms of the Estate of the late Lorraine Francis Hall.  It is for the education of future medical professionals enrolling in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences with honours in the Neurological Disciplines.

Selection for the Scholarship shall take into account the applicant’s academic performance.

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Marcus Fitchett & Reginald Medlicott Memorial Scholarship

  • Current value: NZ$5,000 

This scholarship was established in 1997 in memory of the late M A R Fitchett, BMedSc, MB ChB, BA, MSc, and his grandfather, the late Prof R W Medlicott, MB ChB, FRACP, FRANZCP, both graduates of the University of Otago Medical School.

Its aim is to assist, from time to time, a student working for the Bachelor of Medical Science degree in the fields of Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology or Cognitive science or a related field. It is open to any students of the University of Otago Medical School. It is to be awarded by a panel made up of Medical School staff and a member of the donor family. An intention to undertake part of the course of study for the degree overseas will not adversely affect an application.

The Scholarship was made available for the first time in 2002, and is paid as a monthly stipend. The amount will be determined each year by the Trustees.  The Scholarship will be additional to Otago Medical School or other external support.

Applications are invited from any 3rd year or 5th year student intending to enrol for the Bachelor of Medical Science degree in one of the listed fields, or a related field.

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Phyllis Paykel Memorial Scholarship

  • Current value: NZ$8,500

The Phyllis Paykel Memorial Scholarship is intended to assist students (New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents) enrolled for the degree of Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons). The annual value of the award is determined each year by the selection committee, within a maximum to be set and reviewed from time to time by the Trustees.

Selection for the award shall take into account the applicant’s academic performance, research experience, availability of supervision, and of appropriate resource provision, as well as the quality of the proposed research environment. The tenure of the award is one year. Two one-year awards may be made in any one year.

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Otago Medical School Scholarship

  • Current value: NZ$5,000

The Otago Medical School Scholarships are available to assist students (New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents) enrolled for the degree of Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons).

Selection for the Scholarship shall take into account the applicant’s academic performance and research experience.

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Tassell Scholarship

  • Current value: NZ$8,000

This Scholarship has been established under the terms of the late Lindsay Beatrice Hesketh Tassell Bequest.  Under the terms of the Trust the fund “firstly gives special consideration to providing medical scholarships for New Zealand students, graduates, researchers, or other persons associated with the Otago Medical School with a view to such persons undertaking cancer research in New Zealand or overseas”.

The Scholarship Fund is available for the support of a BMedSc(Hons) student or a postgraduate student undertaking cancer research for a postgraduate qualification.

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Postgraduate medical scholarships

Graham Aitken Nuffield Medical Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship

  • Current value: NZ$20,000 (maximum)
  • Closing date: to be advised

Applications are invited from well-qualified New Zealand medical graduates in the 25–35 age group for the above Scholarship. The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide travel funds to enable New Zealand graduates to further their clinical medical training and research interests in the United Kingdom. The Scholarship will provide a travel contribution of up to the equivalent of three return airfares to the U.K., together with allowances amounting to not less than NZ$5,000, based on the applicant’s circumstances.

Candidates for the Scholarship must submit a training or research programme for approval together with the name of a person in the U.K. who will provide salary and facilities.

For further information please consult the Deans of the Schools of Medicine or write to:

Dr J Adams
Honorary Secretary
Managing Trustees
Graham Aitken Nuffield Trust
University of Otago Medical School
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Email john.adams@otago.ac.nz

Application:

Graham Aitken Nuffield Medical Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship application form (PDF 80 KB)

Application form in MS Word document format (Word 30 KB)

Please email your application form to dsm.studentaffairs@otago.ac.nz

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Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust Scholarships

Visionary leader, highly respected teacher, healer, mentor, tireless advocate and champion of Rural Health, Dr Pat Farry was unmatched in his efforts and contribution to Rural Medicine and General Practice Education.

His vision of sustainable and quality health services for rural communities and small towns of New Zealand was through education. He devoted much of his career to advocating and lobbying for improvements and funding for rural medicine. The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust was established in March 2010, with the purpose of continuing this legacy.

The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust currently considers applications for two scholarships: the annual Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust Travelling Scholarship and the biennial Pat Farry Trust Scholarship. These scholarships, and other scholarships under consideration, are dependent upon funding availability.

The Pat Farry Trust website has further information.

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University of Otago Academic Practitioner Registrar PhD Scholarship – Closing date: 15 September

Established in 2013 by the Otago Medical School, the University of Otago Academic General Practitioner Registrar PhD Scholarship was created to support the sustainability and development of the Primary Health Care and General Practice academic discipline. The scholarship aims to help establish research capability among a new generation of General Practitioners by supporting the achievement of a Doctoral degree (PhD) at the University of Otago as well as vocational registration as a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).

Applicants must:

  • Be a NZ citizen or NZ permanent resident;
  • Hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees (MBChB) or an equivalent medical degree;
  • Demonstrate a formal commitment to a General Practice career by having successfully completed either (i) the General Practice Education Programme first year (GPEP1) with an above average pass in the Primary Membership Examination (PRIMEX) or (ii) a RNZCGP Fellowship;
  • Have successfully completed either the ‘Health Sciences Research Methods’ paper (HASX417) or the ‘Research Methods in General Practice’ paper (GENX821), or an alternative 30 point postgraduate research methods paper with a minimum B+ grade;
  • Demonstrate proof of potential academic research ability through (i) successful completion of a research Master’s degree, or (ii) appropriate and equivalent prior research experience;
  • Be enrolled or intending to enrol for a PhD through one of the following Departments:
    • Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine
    • Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, University of Otago, Wellington
    • Department of Public Health and General Practice, University of Otago, Christchurch

The University of Otago scholarships database has further information.

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The Williamson Medical PhD Scholarship

The estate of Colin Williamson has made possible this post graduate scholarship fund for high calibre students seeking a PhD in any area of medical research. Colin was a Pharmacist who began his studies at the University of Otago and completed his degree at Canterbury.

The scholarship may be held by PhD candidates studying towards a PhD in the field of medical research. Applicants must have previously completed a medical degree and be New Zealand citizens (preference will be given to New Zealand born applicants). The scholarship shall be awarded by the University of Council on the recommendation of the Otago Medical School.

The current value of this scholarship is NZ$25,000 per year plus tuition fees for 3 years, for PhD study only. The scholarship shall usually be offered once every three years.

Applications can be made via The University of Otago scholarships database.

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