John Snow Scholarship

Applications are open from Thursday 1 August to Monday 30 September 2019.

The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) John Snow Scholarship aims to increase the awareness among medical students so help them identify public health medicine as a medical speciality or potential career path. The AFPHM, as the principal for public health medicine training in Australasia, looks to provide medical students the opportunities for intellectual and social discourse with AFPHM Fellows and trainees.

Read testimonials from some of our 2017 John Snow Scholarship recipients.


You must be a medical student currently enrolled in a medical school at an Australian or New Zealand university.


The prize for each selected regional representative includes:

  • full registration to attend the RACP Congress in 2020, including the AFPHM President's Dinner
  • travel assistance up to AUD$400, inclusive of accommodation

All regional representatives and overall winner will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

Selection process

  1. Applications are de-identified and assessed by each AFPHM Regional Committee based on the selection criteria and marking guide.
  2. Each AFPHM Regional Committee will select a regional finalist representative to attend and present at the RACP Congress.
  3. Once the Committee has made their final decision, you will be advised of the outcome of your application. 
  4. The selected representatives from each Australian state and territory and New Zealand will be invited to present at the following year's RACP Congress where the presentations will be judged by a panel, and an overall winner selected.

Application guidelines

Along with your completed application form, you must submit the following supporting documentation in a single PDF file:

  1. A piece of work submitted for formative or summative assessment to your medical school.
  2. The piece can also be a public health project in the form of a case history, reflection, evidence-based medicine project,or clinical audit from your professional portfolio.

    Note: The piece is not assessed as part of the application but is ensure that the Scholarship is accessible to all medical students and not only those who have completed extra-curricular public health study or work.

  3. A reflection piece (800-1000 words) demonstrating your understanding of:
    1. a selected AFPHM Training Curriculum theme and learning objective
    2. public health in general, by undertaking a medical school assessment piece
  4. A presentation plan (500 words maximum) describing how you would present the assessment piece and the reflection if chosen as a scholarship recipient.
  5. You are required to submit a letter of support from the University confirming that you're currently enrolled as a student and that the piece of work you are presenting has been submitted for formative or summative assessment. The letter should be signed by the Dean of the Medical School.

Applicants must ensure:

  • references are formatted in Vancouver style as required by the Medical Journal of Australia
  • if your Formative or Summative Assessment piece is a group project, then you are required to submit an individual application with individual reflection and presentation plans demonstrating what you have learned, and not the group learnings.
  • your name or any personal identifying information appears in the selected piece of work, reflection or presentation plan to allow for unbiased selection

Applicants must read the terms and conditions before applying.

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