VMIAL PSA Medical and Dental Scholarships

The VMIAL PSA Medical and Dental Scholarships are for students from rural or country Victoria or outer-metropolitan Melbourne who without financial assistance would not be able to complete studies in the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Melbourne. The scholarship provides full board at a residential college associated with the University of Melbourne for the duration of the course.

In 2016, only applications from students who are applying for entry or have gained entry into the Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Medicine (MD), commencing in 2017, will be accepted.

Selection criteria

Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  1. Be an Australian citizen
  2. Be from rural, country or outer-metropolitan Victoria*
  3. Be able to demonstrate financially compelling circumstances in accordance with University policy:
    - Provide documentary evidence of Centrelink means-tested income support receipt
    - For students who believe they experience financial need but do not receive income support  payments from Centrelink, provide evidence of financial need, including an explanation of the  absence of support payments from Centrelink
  4. Be applying for entry or have gained entry into the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Melbourne, commencing in 2016

*Outer-metropolitan Melbourne refers to locations in outer Melbourne whereby the distance travelled to and from the University of Melbourne results in significant time and monetary costs. Any students who may meet this criteria are encouraged to apply.

Tenure and value

Board at a residential college for the duration of the DDS or MD course up to a value of $27,000 per annum.

Scholarship conditions

2 yearly review incorporating academic performance and course progression, ongoing satisfaction of the selection criteria and details of college and University activities. Informal annual reporting to the VMIAL board will also include college and University activities.

Recipients are also expected to participate in a mentoring program at their college community to assist in the academic endeavours of junior students.

*Please note: if any other scholarship is received on top of the VMIAL PSA Medical and Dental Scholarship it is a requirement of the scholarship to advise the Advancement and Communications Unit within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. This is to ensure that the recipient continues to meet the financial need criteria, and hence remains eligible for the VMIAL PSA Scholarship.

How to apply

A hard copy of the application form must be received by (or post-marked to) the Advancement and Communications Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences by 28 November 2016. Download application form and download the selection criteria.

Enquiries

Jarrod Hall
Advancement Services Manager
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Telephone: +61 3 9035 6030
Email: jarrod.hall@unimelb.edu.au

Past recipient statement

VMIAL

"I'm originally from Zimbabwe. When my mum, sister and I arrived in Australia we moved to Murtoa and then Ararat. It would have been very expensive to travel to and from University and I couldn't afford to live in the city. Living at Newman College means I can focus on my studies, enjoy the best of what Melbourne has to offer and make friends that I'll have for life. I wouldn't be here without this scholarship."

Shaneil Patel
Final-year medical student and 2013 VMIAL PSA Medical and Dental Scholarship recipient