UWA Scholarships



Friends of Dr Indran Chelvanayagam have contributed $60,000 to establish a fund for the purpose of providing, in perpetuity, an annual travel scholarship in rural ophthalmology for students enrolled in the course for the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) at The University of Western Australia ('the University'). This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Dr Indran Chelva who committed his career to working in regional and rural practise. In particular, he regularly visited the Kimberley to provide services in Indigenous communities and always enthused about these visits. His life was tragically cut short but he is remembered fondly and respectfully by his colleagues.

  • Status Closed
  • Value $3,000.00


To be eligible to apply for a scholarship an applicant must—

(a) be enrolled in the MD course at the University;

(b) be enrolled, or eligible to enrol, in either—

(i) IMED5311 Integrated Medical Practice 2 Part A and IMED5312 Integrated Medical practice 2 Part B; or
(ii) RMED5312 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 1 and RMED5321 Integrated Rural Medical Practice 2; and

(c) be able to demonstrate a commitment to a future career in rural and remote medicine by way of one of the following:

(i) being enrolled in the Rural service learning or research specialisation of the MD course with a project related to ophthalmological practice in regional or remote areas; or
(ii) be actively involved in rural and remote community service.


The successful recipient will spend and agreed period during their year 3 studies or immediately prior to the commencement of their year 4 studies accompanying an ophthalmologist who is providing ophthalmic care to regional or remote communities in Western Australia, by contributing towards expenses associated with travel, including airfares, accommodation and ancillary costs.



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