Elective Scholarship

Given the cancellation of international elective placements and the global travel concerns due to Covid-19, as of 11 March 2020 we have reviewed the current structure of our Elective Scholarship – Medical and for the November 2020 – February 2021 elective period we will be providing three $500 scholarships for domestic only elective placements instead of one $1,500 scholarship.

This change will be reviewed ahead of the February – May 2021 elective period to align with any further developments on Covid-19 and all international elective placements made by the medical schools nationwide


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Medical students studying in New Zealand can apply for one of three $500 scholarships for the November 2020 to February 2021 elective period to help towards their elective placement costs across Aotearoa.


How to apply

For the Elective period November 2020 to february 2021, students are asked to write up to 1,000 words on the question “What impact does funding for scientific and medical research from corporate organisations have on pandemics given possible threats such as globalisation, vaccine hesitancy and social inequalities?" 

All applications must be received on time, by email to scholarships@mas.co.nz with the subject line “MAS Elective scholarship - medical”.

Please ensure your application meets all the entry criteria and you have read the terms and conditions carefully. You will receive an automated email confirming the receipt of your application, if you do not, please check the email address you have used is correct.


Application Timing

Elective Period Applications Open Applications Close Judging Period Scholarship Awarded
May 20 - Aug 20 9 Dec 2019 5 Mar 2020 9 - 20 March 2020 23 Mar 2020 [CLOSED]
Aug 20 - Nov 20 9 March 2020 15 July 2020 16 - 17 July 2020 20 July 2020 [CLOSED]
Nov 20 - Feb 21 30 July 2020 27 September 2020 28 - 30 Sept 2020 2 Oct 2020
Feb 21 - May 21 7 Sept 2020 3 Dec 2020 8 - 17 Dec 2020 18 Dec 2020
May 21 - Aug 21 8 Dec 2020 5 March 2021 8 - 19 March 2021 24 March 2021
Aug 21 - Nov 21 8 March 2021 4 June 2021 7 - 18 June 2021 24 June 2021

Scholarship Recipient Criteria

By submitting an entry for this Scholarship, the applicant agrees that if they win they will be required to share their elective experiences by:

  1. Writing a monthly blog on hub.mas.co.nz, including photos and/or video, and
  2. Writing a summary (or submitting a video) of the elective experience to show how the scholarship helped.

MAS reserves the right to recover the amount of any scholarship moneys paid to any successful applicant who breaches this term.


Additional Terms of the MAS Elective Scholarship

Please read the MAS Elective Scholarship terms and conditions for additional terms.


Past application essays and elective blogs