UCB Australia Clinical Scholarship

UCB Australia offers an annual scholarship to the Epilepsy Society of Australia to fund the salary of a young physician undertaking further training in clinical epileptology. The scholarship, valued at $65,000, is tenable at any Australian teaching hospital for a maximum of 12 months.

Applications will be evaluated by the Education Subcommittee of the ESA.

The Scholarship will be presented each year at the ESA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM).

To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • Be resident in Australia at the time of application.
  • Be no later than 2 years post completion of neurology training at the time of starting the scholarship.
  • Be a medical graduate who has completed the core component of advanced training in neurology, paediatrics, general medicine, clinical pharmacology or other medical specialty relevant to epilepsy.
  • Have demonstrated clinical excellence and the capacity to undertake specialised epilepsy training.
  • Intend to continue a career in epilepsy in Australia.
  • Be a member of the ESA for at least 12 months.

To be considered for selection the applicant must provide the following;

  • A cover letter from the applicant addressing each of the eligibility criteria above.
  • An accompanying letter in support of the application from the principal supervisor or the institution where the applicant intends to undertake epilepsy training.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A single page outline of the training program.
  • The names of two referees.

Applicants will be scored according to the following criteria:

  • An interest in clinical epilepsy as demonstrated by;
    • Previous clinical epilepsy experience/training.
    • Research and or publications in epilepsy.
    • A epilepsy training program with clear and achievable goals.
  • Demonstration of an adequately resourced environment to support epilepsy training.
  • Demonstration of the applicant’s capacity/desire to make a meaningful contribution to epilepsy care.

Candidates may obtain up to 50% of the UCB Australia Scholarship amount from another source to top up a full time salary.

Applications for the scholarship should be forwarded to the ESA secretariat by email to enquiries@epilepsy-society.org.au. The closing date for applications is September 16th, 2023. Applicants will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible after this date.

To read about past recipients of this scholarship and their training programs, visit the Past Recipients section of this website.