Elective Grants Program

Elective Grants Program

"Supporting Medical Students in Developing Communities" 

A major benefit of being a Student Member with MIGA is the opportunity it gives you to apply for an Elective Grant.

The Elective Grants Program began in 2004 with the aim of providing financial support for Medical Students pursuing an elective in a developing community.

Through the Program MIGA provides funding for a number of Medical Students to pursue an elective program in an area of personal interest and relevance to their medical studies.

Thank you to all students who submitted an Application for the 2016 Program.  Applications have now closed.

Stay tuned for full details about the Program in 2017.

The Grants

MIGA offers up to six Grants of $3,500, each consisting of:

  • An Elective Grant of $2,000 to assist in funding the medical student's elective, including the cost of travel, accommodation and vaccinations.
  • A Medical Support Grant of $1,500 to assist in the purchase of medical or other aid for the community visited by the student.

Be inspired by our past recipients!

To see the potential of an Elective Grant and learn more about the diversity of available elective opportunities, visit our impressive library of reports submitted by past recipients. These students have travelled all over the world - from South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, to the Middle East and South America - and have incredible stories and photographs to share.

Dedicated Grant for Indigenous Students

At MIGA we acknowledge the challenges faced by Indigenous medical students in completing their qualifications and are passionate about achieving equity for this group. As part of an initiative introduced in 2013, each year we set aside one of the six Elective Grants to award specifically to an Indigenous medical student applicant interested in pursuing an elective placement in a developing community.

Am I eligible?

The MIGA Elective Grants Program is open to all current medical students in Australia who:

  • Are current Medical Student Members of MIGA
  • Are enrolled in an accredited course of medical study in a medical school or university in Australia for the purpose of obtaining registration as a medical practitioner
  • Wish to undertake an elective program in a developing community and/or country (including developing communities within Australia. 

Student Membership of MIGA is free and joining is easy - simply complete our online Application Form.

How do I apply?

If you wish to apply for an Elective Grant (including a Medical Support Grant) you must:

  1. Prepare your Proposal, a key component of your application that allows you to communicate what's different about you and your elective.
  2. Complete the Elective Grants Program Online Application Form which will be available from May 2017. This Form will require your basic contact and elective details, as well as asking you to nominate your Proposal submission method.
  3. Submit your Proposal either electronically or by hard copy before the closing date.


Each year Applications are open from May to August, with Grants awarded in October. We encourage you to visit our website in early May next year for full details of the 2017 Program. Any queries regarding the Program can be directed to marketing@miga.com.au.

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