The purpose of The Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM School of Medicine and Dentistry Bursary is to provide financial support to an outstanding Griffith University Doctor of Medicine student who is experiencing financial hardship.

This bursary is valued at $2,000, payable in a single instalment.

Apply by: 4 pm Wednesday 31 March 2021

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be enrolled in your third or fourth year of Griffith University’s Doctor of Medicine degree
  • have achieved a passing grade in all courses
  • be able to demonstrate financial hardship.

What do I include in my application?

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:

Study details

  • Program


  • Referee reports: Provide one referee report that supports your application

Personal background

  • Circumstances
  • Income and expenditure
  • Scholarships


  • Personal statement
    • Career goals and aims: Outline your career goals as a Doctor of Medicine.
    • Scholarship benefit: Detail how this scholarship will benefit you financially and in turn help you achieve your career goals.

You must upload the following in the supporting documentation section. (Please use only the following formats: PDF, Word, jpeg or Excel. We can only guarantee these formats will be accepted)

  • Supporting documentation:
    • Other: Evidence of financial hardship (Centrelink statement or tax statement)

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This bursary is valued at $2,000, payable in a single instalment.

Payments are made up to six weeks after the census date subject to satisfying scholarship terms and conditions.

Sponsor details

Dinesh Palipana was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, and the second person ever to graduate from medical school with quadriplegia in Australia.

Dinesh earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), prior to completing his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the Griffith University. Halfway through his medical school degree studies, he was involved in a catastrophic motor vehicle accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury.

Dinesh is committed to leading by example in his support for medical students in the School of Medicine at Griffith University who are undertaking their rigorous course of studies while also experiencing the challenges of financial hardship. Dinesh is supportive of these students and encourages other individuals, small businesses and corporate entities to look into ways that they may also help and support students at Griffith University who are facing similar circumstances.

Payment is made, after census, on confirmation that you are enrolled at Griffith University and still meet eligibility requirements.

Applications, including referee reports and any supporting documentation, must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

Offers are made via email.

Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.

Griffith University reserves the right to withdraw an advertised scholarship at any time.