RACP Indigenous Health Scholarship Program

2021 applications closed Monday 7 December 2020.

The RACP Indigenous Scholarship Program aims to support those Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand medical graduates and current RACP trainees, who identify as an Aboriginal person, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Islander, that are on their chosen career path to becoming a Physician.

The Scholarships provide a funded pathway through Basic, Advanced, Faculty or Chapter training in Australia and/or Aotearoa New Zealand.

Basic, Advanced or Chapter Training Scholarships

College Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship
The Scholarship is made possible by the Fellows of the RACP.

Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship for Paediatrics and Child Health
The Scholarship is made possible by the Paediatrics & Child Health Division of the RACP.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarship
The Scholarship is comprised of grants from Siggins Miller Consultants, the RACP, an anonymous benefactor and Associate Professor Noel Hayman.

Aotearoa Māori Health Scholarship
Aotearoa New Zealand Pacific Islander Health Scholarship (Aotearoa NZ residents only)
The Aotearoa Scholarships are made possible by the Aotearoa New Zealand Fellows of the RACP.


Faculty Training Scholarships

Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship for Occupational and Environmental Medicine
The Scholarship is made possible by the Fellows of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environment Medicine.

Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship for Rehabilitation Medicine
The Scholarship is made possible by the Fellows of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

The John McLeod Indigenous Australian and Māori Health Scholarship in Public Health Medicine
The Scholarship is made possible by the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the RACP in memory of the late Dr John McLeod, who was nationally and internationally renowned for his work in public health and his significant contribution towards improving the health status of Māori and Indigenous peoples.


Eligibility

Applicants must:

You must be in one of these career stages:

  • Medical graduate accepted into an RACP Basic Training Program
  • Medical graduate intending to undertake physician training*
  • Trainee currently enrolled in an RACP Basic or Advanced Training Program
* The awarding of a Scholarship is conditional on acceptance into an RACP Training Program.

Benefits

  • RACP training fees for the duration of the recipient's selected training program
  • Examination fees
  • Attendance at the annual RACP Congress or other relevant Scientific Meeting or Trainee Days
  • AUD$2500 cash assistance at the beginning of the Scholarship
  • Other support as advised in the letter of offer

Selection process

Applications are reviewed by an Award Review Panel that consists of an identified panel member and RACP panel members from within the Divisions, Faculties and Chapters, and College training representatives.


Proof of heritage options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

To confirm your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage, provide evidence in the form of one of these options:

  • A letter from an Indigenous education institution, faculty, school, department or government body or a non-government institution stating that you’ve been recognised as an Aboriginal person and/or Torres Strait Islander.

  • Proof of the College having previously recognised your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

  • A letter of recognition from an Indigenous Community Group or tribal elder.

  • A letter stamped with the common seal and signed by:
    • the chairperson of an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Land Council in the area where you currently live or have previously lived
    • a delegate of an incorporated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation where the majority of the governing body are Aboriginal persons and/or Torres Strait Islanders

  • Other — specify the type of proof you are providing of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage, which is not a listed option.
Māori

To confirm your Māori heritage, provide evidence in the form of one of these options:

  • A letter from a Māori education institution, faculty, school, department or government body or a non-government institution stating that you’ve been recognised as Māori.

  • Proof of the College having previously recognised your Māori heritage.

  • A letter of recognition from an Indigenous Community Group, tribal elder or from the tribal (hapu/iwi) register.

  • A traditional presentation to the College by a whānau member^.

  • Other — specify the type of proof you are providing of your Māori heritage, which is not a listed option.
^ The opportunity to give a traditional presentation are limited. The College will endeavour to accommodate this option where possible.
Pacific Islander

To confirm your Pasifika heritage, provide evidence in the form of one of these options:

  • A letter from a Pasifika education institution, faculty, school, department or government body or a non-government institution stating that you’ve been recognised as a Pacific Island person.

  • Proof of the College having previously recognised your Pasifika heritage.

  • A letter of recognition from an Indigenous/Pasifika Community Group, Pasifika cultural leader or church minister.

  • Other — specify the type of proof you are providing of your Pasifika heritage, which is not a listed option.

For more information about our Indigenous Health Scholarships, contact the RACP Foundation.


Related

Indigenous Scholarships and Prizes
Past recipients
Terms and conditions

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