Rural Veterinary Students Scholarship


The Rural Veterinary Students Scholarship was made possible by the generous support of Dr Bill and Ms Jenny Riches, as well as several other members of the Veterinary Science alumni.

If you are from a rural or regional area, commencing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or accelerated pathway via the third year of the Bachelor of Science [Veterinary Bioscience specialisation]), and can demonstrate an ongoing interest in rural practice, this scholarship could assist you financially with study and living expenses.

Scholarship Value

Up to $20,000*

Duration: payment each semester for the standard duration of the course.

* Based on 2016 prize

This Scholarship may not be available in 2019.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, Permanent Resident or the holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • be enrolled to commence study in a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine  (or in the University of Melbourne's Veterinary Bioscience specialisation)
  • have a home address in a remote or rural part of Australia for at least three of the past five years
  • demonstrate interest in rural practice and an intention to work in rural practice after graduation
  • demonstrate academic merit
  • meet the rural student criteria

Terms & Conditions

Scholarship Payments

Annual payments are paid in two instalments, after the semester one and semester two census dates.
Amounts are payable on a pro-rata basis if enrolment is less than full time*.

* Full-time enrolment constitutes at least 37.5 points in one half-year period.


Students are expected to maintain ‘good standing’ in their course. This means not being identified as at risk of, or making, unsatisfactory progress.

If the recipient fails a subject, payment of the scholarship will be suspended for that semester in which the failure occurs (or for that year of enrolment if the failed subject is a year-long subject). Payment will also be suspended over any period in which the recipient is required to repeat a failed subject. Payment will be terminated if the recipient ceases to be enrolled in the DVM program (including the third year of the BSc undertaking the Animal Health and Disease major).

How to apply

Please note that to apply for this scholarship, you will need to provide a statement outlining your demonstrated interest in rural practice and intention to work in rural practice after graduation. This statement should be no longer than 500 words.

This scholarship is not currently available