Rural Generalist Pathway Scholarship

Rural Generalist Pathway Scholarship

2024 applications now open!

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

The Rural Generalist Pathway Scholarship (RGPS) is offered to 5th year UTAS medical students and junior doctors based in North and Northwest of Tasmania, looking to start their career as a rural generalist or rural general practitioner.

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

  • workshops
  • conferences
  • short courses

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.

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. 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.

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 Rural Generalist Fellowship (FRACGP-RG).

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 2024 Eligibility Program Guidelines.

Scholarship applications are now open and close 19 July 2024. The first payment will be released once the applicant has accepted their intern placement offer.

What is the basic eligibility?

This is available for medical students who:

  • are Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • have applied for an internship or RMO position 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

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