MIGA Elective Grants Program

Supporting medical students in developing communities

MIGA’s Elective Grants Program provides financial assistance to medical students undertaking their electives in developing communities.

Since 2004, we have supported over 100 medical students from across Australia who have participated in electives all around the world.

The Grants

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

For medical students

$2,000 to assist in funding your personal elective costs, including travel, accommodation and vaccinations

For developing communities

$1,500 to assist in the purchase of medical or other aid for the community visited

For Indigenous students

Each year, one of the ten Grants is reserved specifically for awarding to an Indigenous medical student

Key dates

Applications open
Monday 1 May 2023

Applications close
Thursday 31 August 2023 at 5pm (ACST)

Application outcomes announced
Mid-October 2023

Eligible elective dates
1 March 2023 to 29 February 2024
(unless otherwise agreed in writing with MIGA)

Please note: If you are undertaking your elective within the eligible dates but before the recipients are announced, you will be awarded the Grant retrospectively if your application is successful. This applies to students undertaking electives between March and October 2023.

  • Am I eligible?

    The 2023 MIGA Elective Grants Program is open to all current medical students in Australia who:
    • Are medical student members of MIGA
    • Are enrolled in an accredited course of medical study in Australia for the purpose of obtaining registration as a medical practitioner
    • Are willing and able to undertake an elective program in a developing community between Monday 1 March 2023 and Thursday 29 February 2024. The elective must be recognised by your university or medical school as part of your studies. We highly recommend that you visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller website for the latest travel safety advice when planning your destination and before departing.
    Not yet insured with MIGA? Thankfully student membership is free and joining is easy – simply complete our online Application Form and receive immediate confirmation straight to your inbox!
    Note: MIGA is unable to accept joint applications for Grants.  Students travelling together are able to submit their own individual applications for an Elective Grant, however, there is no guarantee each of the students will receive a Grant.
    Terms & Conditions apply.

  • How do I apply?

    Applications for the 2023 Program have closed. Please check back in early 2024 for details on the next Program.
  • Want more information?

    Download a copy of the Elective Grants Program brochure to find out more.
    We’re here to help – if you have further questions get in touch at marketing@miga.com.au or call us on Free Call 1800 777 156.

Discover the potential of an Elective Grant

To see the difference an Elective Grant can make, check out the reports of many past recipients.

These students visited regions all over the world and have incredible stories and photographs to share.

Meet our past recipients

Lachlan Davis

Green Pastures Hospital
Pokhara, Nepal

Read more

Kaspar Fiebig

Hopitaly Vaovao Mahafaly (Good News Hospital)
Mandritsara, Madagascar

Read more

Emily Fitt

Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital
Takoradi, Ghana

Read more

Sidonie Matthew

Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service
Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Read more

Jessica Medland

Rift Valley General Provincial Hospital
Nakuru, Kenya

Read more

Jessica Mitchell

Christian Medical College
Vellore, India

Read more

Brieana Nolan

Western Visayas Medical Centre
Iloilo, Philippines

Read more

Marlee Paterson

(Indigenous Grant Recipient)

Port Moresby General Hospital
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Read more

Angus Taylor

Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital
Kathmandu, Nepal
Read more

Rebekah Kwa

Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital
Apia, Samoa

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