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About this scholarship


Each year the ANU School of Medicine and Psychology may offer two awards known as the Bill Nicholes "Willigobung" Scholarship for Medicine.

The objective of the award is to provide financial assistance to students enrolling in the Australian National University's four year graduate entry Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda (MChD) program.

Funding for this award has been provided by the late Bill Nicholes, who bequeathed more than $4.2 million to support students studying graduate medicine at ANU. Bill was a retired farmer who lived and worked on his family's farm near Tumbarumba, NSW, for most of his life. The estate was called "Willigobung" and was acquired by his father as a Solider's Settlement block in 1951. There the family established an apple orchard and eventually became one of the most successful apple growers in the region. In later years, when his mother and father's health deteriorated, Bill cared for them at "Willigobung". Bill also suffered from a number of medical conditions and it is thought that these experiences may have contributed to his decision to support scholarships in medicine. To honour Bill's regional background one of the scholarships available each year will be for a student who has been identified as someone from a rural background.



$ 20,000

per annum

2 on offer

Payments made per semester

Payments made for 4 years


04-Dec-2023 to 05-Jan-2024

  • Student types

    Domestic, Prospective
  • Student levels

    Postgraduate coursework, Graduate Certificate, Master Degree
  • Number of scholarships awarded

    2 on offer
  • Selection bases

    Academic merit, Regional, rural or remote
  • Ongoing eligibility

    Continuation based on full-time study load

Field of study




The Award is available each year to a commencing ANU student who:

  1. is an Australian citizen, holder of an Australian Permanent Resident visa or a permanent humanitarian visa; and
  2. receives an offer of admission to the Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda (8950XMCHD) program at the School of Medicine and Psychology, College of Health and Medicine; and
  3. has achieved an overall weighted minimum GPA of 6.8 (as per GEMSAS calculation); and
  4. is able to attend the School of Medicine and Psychology Nicholes' Scholarship interview; and
  5. is able to demonstrate the attributes of a Nicholes' Scholar; and
  6. for the scholarship reserved for student from a rural background, has resided for at least 5 consecutive years or 10 cumulative years in a Modified Monash Model (MMM) 2019 category MM 2 to MM 7 area. This aligns with the rural background criteria as defined by the Department of Health for admission to the Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda (8950XMCHD) program.

Supporting documentation to confirm rural background status is collected at the time of admission.


Selection is made on the basis of applicants meeting the eligibility criteria and:

  • Academic achievement;
  • A track record of sustained contributions to the applicants community eg. during university life (Volunteer Programs);
  • Ability to demonstrate personal qualities, abilities and talents desirable in a clinician;
  • Extra-curricular activities beyond academic achievement; and
  • Nicholes Scholarship interview.

Additional information


The scholarship is valued at $20,000 per annum for four years.  The scholarship is paid in equal instalments after census date each semester unless otherwise stated in the letter of offer.

The application form is available from the "Apply Now" link at the top of this page.  Applications must be submitted by the closing date i.e., Friday, 5 January 2024, 5:00 PM.

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A Nicholes scholar will display the following attributes:

  • an individual who will practise medicine with humility, compassion, self-sacrifice, courage and resilience
  • an individual who will aspire to advocacy and leadership in their chosen field.
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