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Frequently Asked Questions - AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship

28 Feb 2017

Q. Can I apply if I have not started my first year of my medical degree?

A. No, you cannot apply unless you are currently enrolled in your first year of Medicine.


Q. Can I apply if I am in my first year of my medical degree?

A. Yes, but you must provide evidence of successful completion of your first year of study as well as proof of full-time enrolment in your second year in order to be eligible for the Scholarship. 


Q. Can I apply if I am studying a health-related degree, such as physiotherapy or dentistry?

A. No, you can only apply for the Scholarship if you are studying a degree in Medicine.


Q. Can I apply if I hold another substantial scholarship?

A. Yes, you can still apply for this scholarship, however preference will be given to applicants who do not already hold any other substantial scholarships.


Q. What happens if I don’t submit a letter from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisation supporting my application?

A. You must submit a letter from an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisation, to which you are well known, supporting your application as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.  Applications that do not contain all the required documentation will not be considered.


Q. What happens if I don’t submit all the documentation required for the Scholarship?

A. Applications that do not contain all the required documentation will not be considered.


Q. Can I submit supporting documentation, such as letters of support or relevant merit certificates, in addition to the required documentation?

A. Yes, you can submit further documentation if it is relevant to your application.


Q. How long does the Scholarship last?

A. The Scholarship is tenable for each year of Medicine that the recipient successfully completes.


Q. What happens if I submit a late application?

A. As applications are open for three months (from 1 November to 31 January), late applications will not be considered.


Q. When do applications open?

A. Applications open 1 November each year and close at the end of January the following year.


Q. How will this Scholarship affect my government payments?

A. It is the responsibility of the applicant to seek advice from Centrelink on how the Scholarship payment may affect ABSTUDY or any other government payment.


Q. What if I still have a question about the AMA Indigenous Peoples’ Medical Scholarship?

A. Please contact the AMA on (02) 6270 5452 or email indigenousscholarship@ama.com.au so we can help you further.


Published: 28 Feb 2017