Each year the ANU Medical School may offer two awards known as the Bill Nicholes “Willigobung” Scholarship for Medicine.
The objective of the award is to provide financial assistance to students enrolling in the Australian National University’s four year graduate entry Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda (MChD) degree program.
Funding for this award has been provided by the late Bill Nicholes, who bequeathed more than $4.2 million to support students studying graduate medicine at ANU. Bill was a retired farmer who lived and worked on his family’s farm near Tumbarumba, NSW, for most of his life. The estate was called “Willigobung” and was acquired by his father as a Solider’s Settlement block in 1951. There the family established an apple orchard and eventually became one of the most successful apple growers in the region. Bill was said to be instrumental in the farm’s success.
In later years, when his mother and father’s health deteriorated, Bill cared for them at “Willigobung”. Bill also suffered from a number of medical conditions and it is thought that these experiences may have contributed to his decision to support scholarships in medicine. To honour Bill’s regional background and his intention to give students the opportunity to come to ANU who otherwise might not be able to, one of the scholarships available each year will be for a student who is relocating from, or was schooled in a rural, regional or remote area.
The award is available each year to a prospective ANU student who:
- is an Australian citizen, holder of an Australian Permanent Resident visa or a permanent humanitarian visa;
- has been offered a place in the Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda (MChD) program at the ANU Medical School, College of Health and Medicine;
- has achieved a minimum GPA of 7.0 in the final year of undergraduate study (excluding Honours);
- Is able to attend the ANU Medical School Nicholes' Scholarship Interview in person;
- is able to demonstrate the attributes of a Nicholes' Scholar (see further information below);
- For the scholarship reserved for a student from a rural, regional or remote area, in addition to satisfying the above criteria, the student must have relocated from, or been schooled in a rural, regional or remote area (Australian Statistical Geography Remoteness Area-2-5) and completed the majority of their secondary studies in a rural, regional or remote area. Scholarship applicants can check the rural, regional and remote classification of their address at the DoctorConnect website. Supporting documentation will be required in the format of:
- Supporting letters from a GP, school, university or workplace (signed originals on letterhead). Supporting letters must include your rural residential address details.
- Documents to prove residence such as invoices for telephone, rates, utilities, or bank statements showing your (or your family's) address.
Please note: Students who have already commenced the MChD program are not eligible to apply.
Selection is made on the basis of:
- Academic achievement;
- A track record of sustained contributions to the applicants community eg. during university life (Volunteer Programmes);
- Ability to demonstrate personal qualities, abilities and talents desirable in a clinician;
- Extra-curricular activities beyond academic achievement;
- Nicholes Scholarship interview.
The value of the award is stated in your letter of offer. The duration of the award is four years. The award is paid in equal instalments at the beginning of each semester unless otherwise stated in the letter of offer.
The recipient is responsible for making payment of all tuition fees by the prescribed date as set out by the University each session. Recipients of this award are responsible for the costs of books, study materials, accommodation and all other costs of study.
How to apply
A Nicholes scholar will display the following attributes:
- an individual who will practise medicine with humility, compassion, self-sacrifice, courage and resilience
- an individual who will aspire to advocacy and leadership in their chosen field.