Elective Grants Program

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"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.

MIGA's annual Elective Grants Program provides financial assistance to medical students undertaking their elective in a developing community. Since 2004 we have offered Grants to medical students from all over Australia.

MIGA is proud and excited to offer the Elective Grants Program for 2016.

The Grants 

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

  •  An Elective Grant of $2,000 to assist in funding the medical student's personal elective costs, including 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 2016 MIGA Elective Grants Program is open to all current medical students in Australia who:

  • Are Medical Student Members of MIGA
  • Are enrolled in 2016 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 between March 2016 and February 2017. The elective must be recognised by your university of medical school as a required part of your studies.

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

Note: MIGA is unable to accept joint applications for Grants. Students travelling together are free to submit their own individual Proposals for an Elective Grant, however, there is no guaruntee each of the students will receive a Grant.


Download a copy of our 2016 Elective Grants Program brochure to find out more.

Applications for the 2016 Elective Grants Program will be open from Monday, 2 May 2016.

 How do I apply?

If you wish to apply for a 2016 Elective 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. Make sure you review our suggestions on things you may wish to cover on page 7 of the Program brochure
  2. Complete the Elective Grants Program Online Application Form. This Form requires your basic contact and elective details and asks you to nominate you Proposal submission method
  3. Submit your Proposal by one of the two available methods:
  • Electronic Submission: The Proposal can be submitted electronically by uploading it and any other supporting documents at the time of completing the Online Application Form
  • Hard Copy Submission: To submit your Proposal in hard copy select this option on the Online Application Form and send it by mail to MIGA at the address below. Please ensure your submission is clearly labelled with your full name and MIGA Member Number.

Hard copy Proposals can be mailed to:
MIGA Elective Grants Program
GPO Box 2048
Adelaide  SA  5001

Your Online Application Form and Proposal (regardless of submission method) must both be received by MIGA by 5.00pm (CST) Friday, 26 August 2016.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility or the application process, we encourage you to contact us on Free Call 1800 777 156 or by email at marketing@miga.com.au.

Apply now!

Key dates & terms and conditions

Applications open Monday, 2 May 2016
Applications close Friday, 26 August 2016 at 5.00pm (CST)
Recipients decided and all applicants advised of the outcome Mid-October 2016

Eligible elective dates

(unless otherwise agreed in writing with MIGA)

1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017

Please note: If you are undertaking your elective within the eligible dates but before the recipients are announed, you will be awarded the Grant retrospectively if your Application is successful. This applies to students undertaking electives between March and October 2016.

To review the full terms and conditions of the Program, please click here.

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