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The importance of producing qualified doctors and medical researchers is recognized the world over. And this acknowledgement is one of the reasons for the widespread availability of graduate scholarships for medical students, offered at medical schools around the globe.

At undergraduate level, medical school scholarships are less common. However, there are still a number of opportunities for students to gain funding for a first degree in health and medical subjects, covering a range of program types. Whatever your area of focus – from tropical medicine to hereditary disease – make sure you check for potential scholarship opportunities.

Here are some examples of the types of medical scholarships on offer at all degree levels around the world.

If you’re looking for scholarships to study nursing, these can be found here. We also have a list of veterinary scholarships.

To study in Australia or New Zealand

  • – Medical scholarships from The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, awarded to students at accredited medical schools and universities in Australia and New Zealand.
  • – Medical scholarships for international and domestic students to study for a Bachelor of Medical Science or a postgraduate research degree at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
  • – Scholarships for medical students to study in Australia at graduate level at the University of Melbourne. Preference given to Australian descendants of WW1 soldiers.
  • – A PhD scholarship for a student to investigate new diagnostic tests and therapies for respiratory diseases at the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales.
  • – A range of medical school scholarships to fund study in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the University of Wollongong in Australia.

To study in North America

  •  – Scholarships for medical students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level medical program. You'll need to submit an essay discussing emergency medical care from the perspective of a medical student.
  •  – Medical scholarships for underrepresented students studying medicine in the US. Eligible students include African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanics and Native Hawaiians.
  •  – International scholarships for graduates aged 35-50 who are interested in medical teaching or research, to study and undertake research in the US.
  •  – The American Medical Women’s Association funds medical school scholarships and fellowships on offer to all AMWA student members.
  •  – A range of medical school scholarships for graduate medical technologists, technicians and scientists to study in the US at selected medical schools.
  •  – Various international scholarships for medical students, teachers and researchers to continue their medical education in the US and outside.
  •  – Scholarships for women in their third year of medical school studying in the US at one of four medical schools near Washington DC, including Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine.
  • – Available medical scholarships include the Emirates Cardiac Society Scholarships, in which priority is given to students from the United Arab Emirates.
  •  – Doctoral scholarships for students enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the University of Calgary in Canada.
  •  – The US army will pay 100% of the tuition for a graduate-level healthcare degree for any accredited medical, dental, veterinary, psychology or optometry program in the US or Puerto Rico. For US residents only.
  •  – Merit-based scholarships for students (including international students) entering the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Provides financial support covering 100% of the four-year cost of attending medical school – including tuition, accommodation and other expenses.

To study in Europe

  •  – Medical school scholarships for non-EU/EEA students who are studying at master’s level in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
  •  – Medical scholarships for students currently undertaking their clinical traineeship or practice year in selected medical fields. Eligible candidates include international students wishing to study in Germany and German students wishing to study abroad.
  •  – Research scholarships for students within the fields of clinical or basic biomedical research wanting funding to conduct independent research in Denmark.
  •  – Scholarships for international students to study at master’s level at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

To study in the UK:

  • – A range of scholarships are available to study an MBBS or BSc in medicine at Imperial College London.
  •  – One bursary award for entry onto the university’s BA/BSc degree in Global Health & Social Medicine. Open to all nationalities.
  •  – One of the most prominent funding bodies in the UK for medical students, the NHS offers large numbers of grants every year to students who are studying medicine. Eligibility varies, but generally these bursaries are only available to residents of England.
  •  – Need-based scholarships for medical and dental students studying at Queen Mary University of London on an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) or BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) program.
  •  – Funded by the UK Medical Research Council, this fellowship allows a master’s student from sub-Saharan Africa to study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) on the MSc in Medical Statistics.
  •  – Scholarships for medical students from within the EU to gain funding for study at the University of Cambridge.
  •  – Scholarships to study in the UK, open to Czech, Polish, Russian and Slovakian students undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Science at the University of Edinburgh. The school also offers the  for graduate students from developing countries.
  •  – Various master’s degree scholarships for medical students and students in related subjects to study at the University of Glasgow. International students from outside of the EU are eligible.

View more scholarships to study in Europe here.

To study anywhere!

  •  – A small number of doctoral scholarships are available for students of any nationality to undertake medical research at doctoral level at a university in the UK, Ireland, or a low-to-middle-income country.

This article was originally published in February 2015. It was updated in January 2016 and again in December 2017.

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Laura is a former staff writer for, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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