The Beit Trust's Medical Elective Bursaries are available for students undertaking medical electives in southern Africa between 1 April of each year and 1 April of each following year.
Around 20 bursaries, of approximately £700-1000 per student, may be offered to selected applicants. In order to be eligible you must undertake a minimum of seven weeks (preferably longer) elective in Zimbabwe or Malawi as part of your course. The Beit Trust is keen to encourage more applicants to undertake their medical elective in Zimbabwe. Since elective costs in Zimbabwe are sometimes higher than in other countries, larger grants may be awarded. Applications for electives undertaken in Zambia may be considered, but as Zambian bursaries are currently oversubscribed, the Beit Trust can only offer bursaries for electives that are for a period of at least 10 weeks, or at BeitCure Lusaka.
Electives in these countries are a great opportunity for you to experience for yourself how healthcare is delivered in resource-poor southern Africa. You can help make a difference in these hospitals and to the lives of those living in the local communities that the hospitals serve.
Previous medical students who have been awarded a bursary by the Beit Trust have gained a great insight into health, healthcare and the practice of medicine in southern Africa.
Successful applicants on return to the UK, will need to submit an illustrated report of no more than ten sides of A4 on their time and experiences in Africa, as well as some proof of the costs of the trip.
The autumn-winter 2016 application round is now open and will close at 5pm, on Wednesday 8th February 2017.
Please complete the application form here: Beit Trust Application details 2016 and return to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application details can be accessed here:
Beit Trust Bursary Application pack 2017.doc
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Quotes from previous students:
“The experience I gained was extraordinary and it provided an interesting insight into the practice of medicine in a developing country. The greatest aspect was working with the enthusiastic staff and I admired their resolve to cope with very difficult circumstances whilst providing excellent care to their patients. I wish to offer my gratitude to the Beit Trust for their generous bursary, without which this elective would not have been possible.”
4th Year Medical Student, undertaking elective in Zimbabwe
“I felt I was able to help as well as learn, and that it was not just an observational experience. I was able to impart some of my knowledge as well as being taught a lot as well. I would definitely recommend a placement in Zimbabwe to other medical students”
"During my time in Malawi, I learnt a considerable amount about managing a hospital: staffing issues, how to prioritise and ration resources, and the far reaching consequences of the relationships between money, politics and health"
“Zimbabwe is a fantastically beautiful country, it truly took my breath away. It has left me so many fond memories and even some new friends. I would like to thank the generosity of the Beit Trust and its Trustees and all of the kind people we met during our stay for making my elective possible.”
'Despite the sometimes heartbreaking consequences of the lack of resources, working in such an environment was undoubtedly beneficial on a personal level'.
'One of the most valuable aspects of working in such rural areas was appreciating the far-reaching consequences of the factors influencing healthcare seeking behaviours e.g. religion, geography and traditional beliefs'.
'I was able to get involved in some surgical procedures, such as Caesarean sections and debridement of dead tissue, as well as some gynaecological operations which was a great experience'.
'Thank you for the amazing experience you helped to give me. The things I learned during my elective, both about medicine and about myself, will carry on throughout my medical career'.
More information on the Beit Trust can be found on its website.