Rural résumé boost bursary

The best thing to invest in? Yourself.

We are offering a limited number of bursaries of up to $1,000 in 2020 to help medical trainees who live and work in the  Loddon Mallee and Gippsland areas to access training and professional development activities in the 2020 calendar year.

What activities are eligible for funding?

Courses or workshops
For interns, RMOs and registrars to access courses or workshops that are required as part of entry to or completion of an approved college training program

Scientific meetings or conferences
For RMOs and registrars to attend scientific meetings or conferences of direct relevance to a college training program

Specific skills training
For vocational trainees to gain specialised experience

Research Publication
Costs directly associated with publishing research in a recognised journal

To buy relevant training resources such as textbooks, journal subscriptions, or access to online libraries

Each bursary is capped at $1,000 per individual as a contribution towards any of the following:

  • Registration/conference fees
  • Face-to-face or online training course fees
  • Relevant training resources such as textbooks, journal subscriptions, or access to online libraries
  • Costs associated with publishing research
  • Other costs (where justified)


To be eligible to apply you must:

  1. Be currently living and working as a doctor in Gippsland or North Western Victoria (the Loddon Mallee) as one of the following:
    • intern in a regional intern training program with a view to remaining in the region for PGY2
    • resident medical officer or unaccredited registrar with an interest in joining a rural vocational training program
    • registrar undertaking an approved college rural vocational training program or rural rotation
  2. Demonstrate that the proposed activity meets a specific learning need and is directly relevant to their career ambitions
  3. Intend to practice regionally in Australia once Fellowed
  4. Be willing to provide a final report to Monash Rural Health and give  feedback to peers

Additional recognition is given for any previous rural exposure, including at secondary and medical school.

When and how to apply

Applications open on Monday 3 August and close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

To apply:

No late applications or separate attachments will be considered.

When you’ll hear if you’ve been successful

All eligible applications will be considered by our assessment panel. All decisions are final and no correspondence contesting the outcome will be responded to.

We will notify all applicants whether you have been successful by Monday 19 October 2020.

If you're successful, you must then provide banking details within 10 business days to enable payments to be made.If banking details are not provided in the ten days, then the offer of the bursary lapses.

Depending on volume and quality of applications received part funding may be awarded.


If you have questions or need more information email:

Bursary funding is made available through the Commonwealth Department of Health, Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program