The RPAP Rural Medical School Award provides $5,000 for each year of medical studies to assist with the student’s tuition, accommodation, living and/or travel expenses. The Award is available to students in any year of their medical degree. Once accepted the student receives the Award every year until medical school graduation, contingent upon their meeting the program requirements. The number of Awards available from the RPAP may vary on an annual basis. The intent is to grant up to two Awards per medical school per year.
To be eligible to apply, applicants are required to be an Alberta resident or a permanent resident of Canada living in Alberta; be enrolled as a full-time medical student at the University of Calgary or University of Alberta; have resided in a defined Alberta rural area (Alberta communities except Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Devon, Leduc, Calgary, Airdrie, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge) for a minimum of five consecutive years immediately prior to entering a pre-medical program; and be a member of a student Rural Medical Interest Group at the university at which the medical degree is being undertaken.
There is one Award round per year. Applications shall be made using the Rural Medical School Award Application 26May09.pdf The RPAP reserves the right to reject any or all of the applications. The RPAP shall assess the applications against the eligibility criteria listed above, as well as:
Ties to a rural community; and
The recognition of rural physicians in their community.
Applicants who meet these criteria are then ranked according to their rural experience and financial need. Applicants may be interviewed by RPAP. All applicants are advised in writing of the outcome of their applications.
Successful applicants are required to sign an agreement with the RPAP on acceptance of their Award. The agreement sets out the terms under which an Award is offered including participation in RPAP promotional activities and outreach speaking to rural students. Continued eligibility is contingent upon the recipient maintaining satisfactory academic standing as a full-time medical student, and demonstration of ongoing commitment to rural practice. The Award must be returned if not expended in the intended manner.
Application Review Process
Applications will be accepted anytime prior to 1 November of the current year.
RPAP shall consider the applications and make awards according to merit, eligibility and available funding.
Funding availability and priorities can be a limiting factor on the size and number of awards granted.
Applicants will receive a letter indicating the decision regarding the application, upon completion of the review process.
For more information, or to submit a completed application, refer to Contact Us for the coordinates.