Metropolitan Access Scholarships

Application status: Closed

Open from: 20 April 2020 to 5 June 2020

Metropolitan Access Scholarship Flyer

The Metropolitan Access Scholarships (MAS) program provides financial support to eligible NSW rural vocational and prevocational medical trainees undertaking metropolitan training.

The scholarships aim to assist rural trainees, with a strong commitment to rural practice in NSW, to relocate to a metropolitan centre for further training.  It is recognised that vocational training programs may require a component of training to be undertaken in a metropolitan tertiary centre and this can have financial implications for trainees required to relocate from their rural homes.

The scholarship is valued at $12,000 provided pro rata based on the number of weeks of the metropolitan placement.

The program is primarily targeted towards rural-based vocational trainees, whose applications will be assessed first, however Rural Preferential Recruitment Program PGY1/2 trainees are also eligible to apply.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic implications for the wider NSW Health Service and following advice from the Ministry of Health that Term 2 will not proceed as planned, MAS funding will be suspended from Term 2 2020 until further notice.

It is however acknowledged that MAS support should be made available for trainees who relocated to undertake a metropolitan training term during Term 1 2020.  Those trainees should complete the MAS application form and forward to by 5 June 2020 for review and approval for eligible applications.  Funds will be made available during June 2020.


  • Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • NSW Health employees
  • Undertaking a metropolitan rotation in the 2020 clinical year (February 2020 to February 2021)
  • Rural-based (RA2-5) trainees enrolled in a vocational training program (first priority) or
  • Rural Preferential Recruitment Program PGY1/2 trainees (second priority).

For the purpose of this scholarship, rural-based trainee will be defined as:

  • You are a vocational trainee who will complete the majority of your training (including your prevocational training) in an RA2-5 location (first priority)
  • You are a Rural Preferential Recruitment prevocational trainee (PGY1-2) (second priority)
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to rural practice
  • You are required to undertake a metropolitan term/s in the 2020 clinical year.

Please note:  We would encourage all vocational trainees to contact HETI in the first instance to discuss eligibility before deciding not to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for the scholarship, download and complete the application form and provide the additional evidence required as specified on the form and e-mail the documents to

Further Information

For further information please refer to the flyer or contact the Medical Education Funds team at or by phone on 02 9844 6519.