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Medical Scholarships Around the World

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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. (Click here to view nursing scholarships around the world.)

To study in Australia or New Zealand

To study in North America

  • ACLS Scholarship for Healthcare Providers  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.
  • AMA Minority Scholars Award – Medical scholarships for underrepresented students studying medicine in the US. Eligible students include African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanics and Native Hawaiians.
  • American College of Surgeons International Guest Scholarships – International scholarships for graduates aged 35-50 who are interested in medical teaching or research, to study and undertake research in the US.
  • AMWA Awards – The American Medical Women’s Association funds medical school scholarships and fellowships on offer to all AMWA student members.
  • ASCP Siemens Scholarships – A range of medical school scholarships for graduate medical technologists, technicians and scientists to study in the US at selected medical schools.
  • ASME Grants and Fellowships – Various international scholarships for medical students, teachers and researchers to continue their medical education in the US and outside.
  • Doctor on Demand Scholarships – Health organization ‘Doctor on Demand’ offers scholarships for medical students, or students in related fields, to fund studies at a university in the US.
  • Edith SeVille Coale Scholarships – 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.
  • University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine Awards – Doctoral scholarships for students enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at the University of Calgary in Canada.
  • US Army Health Professions Scholarship Program – 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.
  • UCLA David Geffen Medical Scholarships – 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

To study in the UK:

To study anywhere!

  • Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentships – A small number of doctoral scholarships are available for students to undertake medical research at doctoral level at a university in the UK, Ireland, or a low-to-middle-income country (full list here).

This article was originally published in February 2015. It was updated in January 2016.

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Written by Laura Tucker
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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Hi Samuel, please take a look at our lists of scholarships to study in the US and scholarships to study in Europe. The entry requirements for medical studies will vary depending on the country and university - you can find the exact information on universities' official websites, but you can read general advice here. Hope this helps! 

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Hi Thabsheer, as well as the scholarships listed above, we have lists of scholarships to study in the US, Europe and Australia - hopefully one of those listed will be ideal for you. 

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Hi Mahdis, our article 'where can you study abroad for free?' details some affordable options for studying abroad, and the text of each country mentioned will link to guide on how to apply to study in that country. Hope this helps.

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Hi Faith, please have a look at our lists of scholarships to study in Australia and Europe. We also have a list of scholarships for African students here. Hope this helps!

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Hi Abuu, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Canada. 

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Hi Muhammad, please take a look at our rankings by subject for Dentistry. We also have many country guides with information on how to study in particular countries. Hope this helps!

Hello admin,
My name is Ibrahim, from Nigeria. Is there any available scholarship to pursue postgraduate study in Public health or Pathology. Already, I have unconditioal offers from University of westminster, Uk(Cellullar Pathology), University of west of England{ Msc, Public Health). Liverpool john moores University(Msc Public Health), University of Durham( Msc Public health)

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Hello, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Australia. If you're unsure about how to apply for scholarships, our FAQ can help. :)


Hi Kudzai, as well as the options above, we also have a list of scholarships to study in Australia. If you're not sure about how to apply, please take a look at our article with an FAQ on scholarship applications. 

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Hi Mohammed, here's a link to some specializations of Medicine which you might like to consider. Hope this helps!

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Hi Anwar, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Europe. 

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Hi Denisa, please see the official website of Birmingham University for details on the scholarships they offer and how to apply. Hope this helps!

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