TROHPIQ Rural Elective Experience Scholarship

TROHPIQ has teamed up with UQ Rural Clinical School to provide students with an opportunity to experience regional and rural Queensland, gain fantastic hands-on learning experiences, and meet some awe-inspiring rural practitioners. Students can choose to complete a two-week placement (29 November-10 December) in a rural location and receive a scholarship to help support them during their placement.

Additionally, TREES Scholars are also given priority in third year Rural & Remote Medicine preferences if they choose to return to the same location. This continuity means our scholars are entering their rotation with an established professional relationship with the local medical professionals. This enables them to get the most out of their rural placements: reconnecting established professional friendships and further developing their relationship with the rural community.

Learn more about the locations and experiences of past TREES scholars here.

What does a TREE Scholar receive?

  1. Rural Placement Package
  2. Bursary (value TBC)
  3. Support from the TROHPIQ TREES organisers in any logistical or support concerns available

Where can a TREE Scholar go?

The following locations have been canvased for 2021 as TREES placement locations, however availability at these locations can vary from time to time. Successful TROHPIQ Scholars will be invited to submit placement location preferences. If there is a particular rural / regional location you wish to complete your placement, please note this on your application and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

Beaudesert Kilcoy
 Biloela Kingaroy
 Blackbutt  Miles
 Boonah Monto
Bundaberg  Mundubbera
 Charleville St George
Dalby  Tara
 Eidsvold  Texas
 Emerald Theodore
 Gladstone  Woorabinda
Gayndah Yeppoon

The following locations have been TREES placement locations in the past; however these locations can vary from year to year.

What can a TREE Scholar do?

Past TREE Scholars have had the opportunity to:

  • Be mentored by Rural Generalists, Rural GP’s and nursing and allied health staff in rural hospitals and medical centres.
  • Become a part of the medical team; from perfecting the art of history taking and improving procedural skills through to learning the keys to diagnosis and management of common conditions. Develop confidence in the application of these new found skills.
  • Explore the local sites, guided by hosts or colleagues

Applications for 2021 open July 05!

2021 TREES applications timeline

  • Applications open: July 5
  • Applications deadline: July 19
  • Offers of placement Round 1: August 2
  • Offers of placement Round 2: August 16
  • Deadline for acceptance: August 21
  • Second round offers (if applicable) will take place after this date
  • Placement dates: Monday, November 29 – Friday, December 10.

What does a TREE Scholar receive?

Rural Placement Package

The UQ Rural Clinical School will arrange a location, preceptor and accommodation

For many sites, accommodation is provided without cost to the student

A Pre-Elective Workshop

Students are briefed on what to expect on their rural electives and are given the opportunity to perfect their procedural skills

TROHPIQ support

A limited number of bursaries are available.

Support from the TROHPIQ TREES organisers in any logistical or support concerns available

Contact the Vice President or Scholarships/Bursaries Officer for more information

How are TREEs Applicants Selected?

All applications are processed by the TROHPIQ TREES organisers and the TROHPIQ Executive. Applicants are then selected for an informal interview based upon:

  • Interest in rural and remote health (past, present and future)
  • Previous involvement with TROHPIQ / rural communities

Priority is given to Domestic students, however International students are encouraged to apply. Please note that considering the requirement that Ochsner students undertake a 4 week observership, they are not eligible for TREES.

You must be a TROHPIQ member to apply.

The short-listed applicants will then attend a 10 minutes interview, conducted by the TROHPIQ President, Vice President and Scholarships/Bursaries Officer.

Successful applicants will be expected to:
• Attend the chosen rural placement for 2 weeks from 29 November 2021 – 10 December

  • Submit a report on elective experience by 17 December 2021


  1. A written report, maximum 500 words with photos
  2. A short video (max 5 minutes)


If you want to find more information for the TREES Scholarship, you can find the 2021 contract by clicking here

What are my other options for a rural elective? Click here to apply for an observership at one of the UQ Rural Clinical Schools!

For more information, please contact 

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