Damion Drapac Scholarship for Vocational Doctors

This scholarship is for students commencing the Doctor of Medicine who are from medically underserved populations and can demonstrate a genuine passion for community medicine. If you are experiencing financial limitations due to personal barriers, then this scholarship is for you.

Important dates

Applications for Semester 1 2024 open 15 September 2023.

EXTENDED - Applications for Semester 1 2024 now close 14 November 2023 at 5pm.


This scholarship offers cash payments of up to $15,000 per year for four years.

The total maximum value of this scholarship is $60,000.

Eligibility criteria

Prospective candidates should ensure they meet all criteria before submitting their application.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen
  • commencing H911 Doctor of Medicine at Deakin University in Semester 1 2024 and be enrolled full time
  • able to demonstrate financial limitations due to personal barriers significantly impacting your ability to pursue a career in medicine
  • able to demonstrate passion and commitment to community medicine and improving the health of communities
  • from a medically underserved community (note that the University takes a broad approach to this, including financial disadvantage, LGBTQIA+, refugee, rural, or other communities who are impacted by health inequities)
  • able to represent Deakin’s School of Medicine and the Drapac Centre publicly, and to uphold the values of the School and Centre.

Selection criteria

  • Preference will be given to students with a commitment to community that includes a passion for community medicine, improving health outcomes and supporting marginalised groups through upholding and advocating for the principles of social justice.
  • Preference will be given to students who possess a professional and principled approach, ensuring the capability to succeed in medical training and pursue a successful career in medicine.
  • Multi-Mini Interview (MMI) results willl form part of the selection process.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview as part of the selection process.


As a scholarship recipient, you:

  • must write an introduction statement about your goals for study and what it means to receive the scholarship
  • must provide a completion statement at the conclusion of your studies
  • will be expected to act as an ambassador by sharing and upholding the values of Deakin’s School of Medicine and the Damion Drapac Centre to the best of your ability
  • must be open to participating in a reasonable level of publicity and in person engagement with the donor, therefore cannot remain anonymous
  • cannot hold more than one Deakin administered scholarship concurrently.

Your application

Supporting documents

As part of the application process, you will also be required to upload current supporting documentation.

Make sure you choose the correct document type when you upload your documents as it will make a difference. If your documents are uploaded into the incorrect type they will not be considered when assessing your application. Remember it is quality, not quantity, which you need to provide. Aim to provide documents which are current, relevant and concise.

Read more about supporting documentation

Application tips

Applying for a scholarship isn’t just about meeting the eligibility criteria.

It’s a good idea to think about why you want a scholarship, how it will help you and what you have to offer the Deakin community.

Read our 5 top tips on applying for a scholarship

How to apply

Apply directly to Deakin

You can apply for this scholarship directly to Deakin through our Scholarship Application Portal.

When applying direct to Deakin for this scholarship, select the 'Damion Drapac Scholarship for Vocational Doctors' option.

Apply for this scholarship

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the details you provide and your supporting documentation. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

If you are successful, you will be contacted by the email address you nominated within your application portal account, unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

You'll find out if you were successful usually within six weeks of the application closing date. If you have not received an offer by this time, you have been unsuccessful. You can view the status of your application via your scholarship application portal account.

About the donor

Mr Michael Drapac wishes to support the Deakin School of Medicine in their goal of diversifying Australia’s medical workforce. He wishes to do this in memory of his son, Dr Damion Drapac, who was a graduate of the Deakin School of Medicine.

Find out more about The Damion Drapac Centre.

Next offering period

Following the application period detailed above this scholarship will again be available for offer in:

  • Semester 1 2025 (early-September 2024 to end-October 2024)

Application dates provided are indicative only. Please check closer to the application period for specific opening and closing dates.