Bathurst Regional Council School of Medicine Rural Scholarship


$5,000 per year for one year;


New students;


Doctor of Medicine


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • must be commencing studying full-time in the Doctor of Medicine
  • have lived in an Australian Statistical Geography Standard - Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) of 2 to 5 for a minimum of 5 years consecutively or 10 years, commencing from the age of 5 to immediately prior to commencing the Doctor of Medicine
  • demonstrate a commitment to rural medicine
  • be offered a position through the Rural Entry Admission Scheme (REAS) or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander application pathway
  • provide a personal statement demonstrating their commitment to rural medicine through past experiences and future aspirations

Please note, evidence of living in a rural location needs to be uploaded in "Other scholarship documents" in the application portal.

Bathurst Regional Council

Bathurst Regional Council is a large regional Council in the Central West of NSW, covering at area of 2830km2, approximately 200km west of Sydney’s CBD.  The Council serves a population of approximately 42,000, who live in the city of Bathurst and a number of surrounding villages.

Council has recognised that the Western Sydney University medical student scholarship program plays an important role in supporting the region’s medical services.  The training program enhances the success of rural doctor training and retention, with student doctors trained in rural areas more likely to return to rural areas upon graduation.

Not only does the program assists in recruitment for Bathurst Hospital but also ongoing doctor retention for the facilities.  The scholarship program also helps build on the profile of Bathurst Hospital as a teaching facility.,

Health services are an essential community services, and Council, through the scholarship program, is making a positive contribution to these services.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must provide a written statement in support of their application indicating how they believe the scholarship will assist them with their studies and in their future career. This statement should give a sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to judge their eligibility, need and merit.

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.