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Student Elective Bursaries Awarded

Published 16 Mar 2016

EMMS International’s Student Elective Bursary Scheme, one of our longest running programmes, has got off to a flying start for 2016!

Thanks to generous funding from the St Lazarus Charitable Trust, we are able to offer bursaries of up to £1,000 to medical, nursing, dentistry, and physiotherapy students. In fact, any undergraduate student studying an allied health profession can apply, provided they are planning to go to a missionary hospital in a low-resource setting for their elective.  
Over the last few months there has been a great level of interest in the scheme. This has led to a total of 39 applications for our January 2016 round, which is the largest number of applicants that we have had; three times the number we had for the summer round of 2015! The calibre of student has also been high, with many deserving students putting themselves forward for this bursary. We only wish we could help them all. 

Of the 39 applicants, 10 have been awarded bursaries. Two £1,000 bursaries have been awarded to Samuel Steen, at Glasgow University, who is heading to Tanzania; and Jodie Barnes, at Sheffield University, who is going to Nepal. Eight £500 bursaries were awarded to the following students: Sarah Taylor, Jennifer Gotchkane, Ruth Bunting, Emma Stewart, Rachel McGaillard, Katherine Cruickshank, Kazim Ghafoor, and Lydia Henwood. These students represent a fantastic mix of medicine, nursing, and dentistry, and are heading to countries as diverse as Malawi, Nepal, Tanzania, and Peru.  

Emma Stewart (top photo, left) and Ruth Bunting (right) came into our office to meet the EMMS team and collect their cheques for £500. They are both going to northern Malawi at the beginning of April, to Ekwendeni Hospital, which has previously been a project partner of EMMS International. It was a pleasure to meet these students face-to-face and talk about their upcoming elective – they are hugely looking forward to this new experience, and we wish them good luck as they prepare to go!  

Some of these students had had the chance to attend our first ever Student Elective Symposium in January this year, where key influencers from the medicine and nursing professions came together to debate the value of medical electives. We sincerely hope that this year’s bursary winners will be so inspired by what they see and do while on elective that they will present their experiences at a future Symposium! 

We wish all the applicants to the January 2016 round of our bursary scheme the best of luck as they prepare to undertake their elective. You are sure to have an amazing time – this experience will stay with you for the rest of your lives. 


Find out more about our Student Elective Bursary Scheme here