EMMS International offers grants, to assist medical, dental , nursing and therapy students, (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy) who are undertaking their elective at a mission hospital overseas.
It is recognised that electives are expensive but the Student Elective Grant scheme is intended to supplement, rather than replace, other forms of support. Grants are usually awarded in the range of £200 - £300, although an elective served at a partner hospital may be awarded more.
To qualify for a grant your elective must be an integral part of a course of study at a Scottish, Northern Ireland or Third World University/College. Electives will usually be in mission hospitals in developing countries and will normally be in the later stages of your course of study.
It is preferred that you have an active Christian testimony (i.e. member of a Church, Fellowship, Christian Union etc), but this is not a condition of receiving a grant. However, it IS a conditon of receiving a grant that you will spend your elective at an overseas Mission Hospital.
Grants are not awarded solely on the basis of academic merit, but rather on your desire to experience healthcare in a “mission” context. Each application is assessed on its merits.
How to apply
You may apply at any time of the year and your application will normally be considered within a period of six to eight weeks. If you are successful, your grant will be distributed four weeks prior to your elective starting.
One successful application is allowed per student and EMMS International (Emmanuel Healthcare) reserves the right to refuse an application without reason.
References are required from two referees. It is preferred, though not mandatory, that one of your referees should know you through a local church, for example a minister or an elder.
Disclaimer: In considering you for support, EMMS International (Emmanuel Healthcare) understands that normal clearance has been obtained for your elective from the relevant educational authorities. EMMS International (Emmanuel Healthcare) cannot be responsible for either arranging, or assessing, the suitability of any proposed elective.
To request an application form for a Student Elective Grant, click here, and let us know your name, e-mail adress and full postal address.
After your elective
On completion of your elective, you are required to provide a written summary of your experience, along with some photographs of yourself ‘in action’. The report should be brief and will be considered for publication, in part or whole, in “The Healing Hand”, the magazine of Emmanuel Healthcare and/or in our Website.
When submitting photographs, good quality, gloss prints are acceptable, as are 35mm slides. If you are submitting photographs by e-mail or on a CD-ROM, these should be jpeg images at a resolution of 560x 250 pixels, or greater. Prints on non-photographic computer paper or photocopies are not acceptable and neither are images submitted as a PowerPoint file or embedded within an MS-Word document.
Further Information about Electives
The Christian Medical Fellowship has prepared a very useful and helpful document “Preparing for your medical elective overseas.”
You may obtain a copy of this by writing to
6 Marshalsea Road
You can also check their web site at: www.healthserve.org/electives/preparing
Information about other sources of funding can be found in “Essential Guide to Electives” which may be obtained free of charge from
The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland
120 Blythswood Street
Telephone 0141 221 5858
You can also check their website at www.mddus.com
It is hoped that, having received a grant, you will support the aims of EMMS International (Emmanuel Healthcare), and will continue to take an active interest in, and support our work. This is not, however, a prerequisite for a grant.
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