5 x $2 500 to help fund your overseas placement
Wherever your destination, FutureFocus is designed for you to get the most out of your overseas placement.
Planning an overseas placement may seem daunting, but we’re here to support you on your journey. Developed exclusively for medical and dental students, the FutureFocus grants will enable five students the opportunity to undertake an overseas placement so that their commitment to helping others can be realised.
The FutureFocus grant includes:
- $2 000 to put towards your travel costs
- $500 to spend on the community you're visiting
- A GoPro camera so you can document your unique experience
Applications are now open!
Find out about previous grant recipients:
Sunjuri Sun, one of our 2017 FutureFocus recipients, undertook her overseas placement in January 2018 at the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu, Nepal. Her placement involved partaking in a variety of hospital activities, such as outpatient clinics and the operating theatre, as well as participating in a surgical outreach camp that provided free cataract surgeries to remote Nepali communities.
Read the full account of Sunjuri’s journey >
Masoud ‘Mass’ Nasir was one of the five recipients of our FutureFocus grant for 2017 and a final year dental student from James Cook University at the time. Mass received $2 500 to put towards his voluntary overseas placement, which he undertook in Latouka, Fiji late last year. His placement involved working with local health teams to provide oral health services to underprivileged communities as well as implementing an oral health promotion program for schools in the region.
Read a full account of Mass’ journey >
Flinders University medical student, Diana Hancock, was one of the five recipients of our FutureFocus grant for 2017. In December 2017, Diana travelled to the western border of Uganda to Fort Portal, Kabarole District to do a voluntary placement at Maranatha Children's clinic. Maranatha Children’s clinic is a 35 bed paediatric in-patient clinic which also has a daily outpatient service for patients of all ages.
Read a full account of Diana’s journey >
Even if you don’t receive a grant, you can still access funds to help undertake an overseas placement, with our Student Banking Package.
To be eligible for a FutureFocus Grant, you must be enrolled in 2018 in a medical or dental degree at a recognised Australian university and intend to undertake either an elective or voluntary placement in a developing community or country outside of Australia between 1 October 2018 and 1 October 2019. Applications open on 11 May 2018 and must be received no later than 5:00pm AEST on Friday 31 August 2018. Successful applicants will be notified via phone and email by Friday 14 September 2018 and will receive their grant (in the form of a cheque and the GoPro camera) by Friday 21 September 2018. Full terms and conditions can be viewed here.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions relating to these grants.