Rural Generalist Pathway Scholarship

Rural Generalist Pathway Scholarship

Applications are currently open!

Is your goal to become a rural generalist or general practitioner in Tasmania? We can help!

The Rural Generalist Pathway Scholarship (RGPS) is now taking applications for 5th year UTAS medical students looking to start their career as a rural generalist or rural general practitioner.

The scholarship offers medical students up to $15,000 over a three year period and provides an opportunity to attend accredited and non-accredited:

  • workshops
  • conferences
  • short courses

Eligible applicants who have accepted their intern offer at the Launceston General Hospital or North West Regional Hospital will receive a $3,000 cash payment to support their transition into the hospital system, they will also receive free attendance and accommodation to the Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2022 in Launceston. During their internship year (PGY1) and RMO year (PGY2) they will have $5,000 available per year to support their attendance to conferences and clinical training workshops

A rural generalist is a medical practitioner who is trained to meet the specific current and future health care needs of Australian rural and remote communities. Rural generalists provide comprehensive general practice and emergency care and other medical specialist care in hospital and healthcare settings as part of a rural healthcare team.

The Tasmanian Rural Generalist Pathway supports trainees on to the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) or Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice (FRACGP/FARGP).

The Rural Generalist Pathway Scholarship will allow doctors in their early stages of training during PGY1 and PGY2 to lead their first steps towards a rewarding life as rural generalists.

Preference will be given to graduates from the Rural Clinical School and the Launceston Clinical School who will complete their intern year and RMO year at either the Northwest Regional Hospital or Launceston General Hospital.

Scholarship funding is subject to the RGPS 2022 eligibility guidelines.

Scholarship applications open Monday 11 April 2022 and close Thursday 9 June 2022. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome by early August 2022. The first payment will be paid towards the end of October 2022, once the applicant has accepted their intern placement.


To apply online

New Applicant

  • click the Apply for RGPS button
  • once submitted, you will receive an email confirming your Scholarship Application

What is the basic eligibility?

This is available for medical students who:

  • are Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • are due to graduate from the University of Tasmania School of Medicine in 2022
  • have applied for an internship in North or Northwest Tasmanian Health Service Hospitals
  • agree to complete a GP rural placement during the internship year
  • agree to complete a GP rural placement during the RMO year

Applications open Monday 11 April 2022.


Still not sure or have a question?

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your eligibility, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

For all general enquiries on rural pathways