Medical Student Bursary award

About the Medical Student Bursary award

The RACGP Rural 'Medical Student Bursary' award is offered to a medical student who is a member of a rural health students' club at an Australian university.

Entrants are encouraged to write an essay (maximum 1200 words) on a topic commissioned by RACGP Rural (topic announced early in 2018)

The essay will be judged on the perceived understanding of rural general practice and evidence of innovative thinking.

The 'Medical Student Bursary' award includes:

  • registration to attend the College's annual conference, GP18 in the Gold Coast
  • return economy flight to the annual conference for the recipient
  • accommodation (including breakfast) for two nights
  • invitation to attend the RACGP National Faculties Evening on Friday 12 October 2018.

The recipient will also be acknowledged at the RACGP Rural Annual Member meeting, at a date and venue to be confirmed.

The 2017 Medical Student Bursary award winner was Wai Yee Yum from Underwood, QLD. Wai Yee’s essay counterbalanced the more negative image of rural general practice in scientific research against her own experiences from her general practice placements.

Nomination are closed for 2018.

Past award recipients

2018 Jessica Paynter

2017 Wai Yee Yum

2016 Maave Barlow

2015 Maureen Krasnoff

2014 Michelle Seckington

2013 Stephanie Hopkins

2012 Thomas Boosey

2011 Sarah Devereux

2010 Sarah McPherson

2009 Anita Smith

2008 Brittany Turner

2007 Alina Harriss

2006 Nishari Wijewardena

2005 Joseph Turner

2004 Ken Liu


If you have any queries please contact RACGP Rural staff on

1800 636 764

Related documents

 Rural Medical Student Bursary Award 2018 (PDF 478 KB)