Professor Ross Hawker Scholarship


$7,500 per year for up to 5 years


New or continuing students


Doctor of Medicine


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • receive an offer to study or be currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Western Sydney University
  • demonstrate financial or other hardship, based on Opportunity and Equity criteria (opens in a new window) and also including students who are mature age or have carer responsibilities for dependent children
  • demonstrate leadership and community contribution

Professor Ross Hawker Scholarship

Ross Hawker’s distinguished career in medicine had its origins in Western Sydney. He was brought up in rural New South Wales, but moved to Western Sydney as a teenager when he won a scholarship to Hurlstone Agricultural College in the 1930s. After topping the state in Agriculture, he won a further scholarship to Sydney University where he studied medicine. During his life Professor Hawker published more than 50 books, book chapters and research papers in his specialist area of endocrinology. He was also head of the Department of Physiology at the University of Queensland for 25 years.

While medical research and lecturing took Ross Hawker to the world’s great centres of learning, he never forgot that it all began with a scholarship to a school in Western Sydney. The Professor Ross Hawker Scholarship is supported by the Hawker Foundation.

Applications and Selection Process

Applicants must provide a statement in support of their application indicating how they believe the receipt of 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.

Successful applicants will be selected based on their written application, academic potential, their ability to meet the criteria and, where appropriate, performance in an interview before a selection panel.