Commonwealth Scholarships (CS)
The Commonwealth Scholarships Program has been revised for 2010. Under the Government’s proposed system which has not yet passed the Senate, all university students on student income support will be eligible for an annual Student Start Up Scholarship worth $2254 ($1434 in 2010) and students who need to move to study may be eligible for a Relocation Scholarship worth $4000 in the first year and $1,000 in subsequent years on top of this.
Further information can be found http://www.deewr.gov.au/HigherEducation/Programs/YouthAllowance/Pages/default.aspx
CS are indexed annually and are available to applicants with ongoing eligibility for a maximum of four years. In 2009, over 1800 students were in receipt of a CS at the University of Newcastle.
There are a range of scholarships designed to provide enrolled medical students with rural experience, to encourage graduates to practise in rural/remote areas of Australia. The NSW Rural Doctors Network provides details of such scholarships on its website.
University of Newcastle Scholarships
The University of Newcastle offered an extensive range of scholarships totalling over 9 million dollars for students in 2009.
While there are no specific medical scholarships available for Commonwealth Supported students, there are a number of scholarships available for students enrolling in undergraduate programs within the Faculty of Health, for example, the David Beer Scholarship to assist students from a financially disadvantaged, rural background entering a health program. Visit the University of Newcastle Scholarships website at http://webapps.newcastle.edu.au/scholarships/index.cfm and click on Scholarships for Commencing Students for more information.
In addition the University of Newcastle offers a wide range of general scholarships to students enrolled in undergraduate programs at the University of Newcastle. For example, scholarships awarded under the Equity Scholarships Scheme University of Newcastle (ESSUN). The ESSUN scholarships were established by the University of Newcastle to assist students who face financial and educational disadvantages. In 2009 over 800 students were in receipt of a ESSUN scholarship at the University of Newcastle ranging in value from $2000 - $4000 per annum. All University of Newcastle scholarships information and application forms are available online at the Scholarships website. Enquiries should be directed to the University’s Scholarships Office (Ph: 02 4921 6539 or 02 4921 6404; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org).