Pegasus Workforce Development Scholarships 2021

Applications now open

We are delighted to invite students who identify as Māori, Pacific or from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, studying medicine, nursing or allied health to apply for the Pegasus Health Workforce Development Scholarships 2021.


Pegasus Health is a collaborative association of general practitioners, practice nurses and wider practice teams who seek to improve the health and wellness of our community. We work alongside other organisations to achieve this aim, particularly the Canterbury District Health Board. We also work in partnership with our communities across 101 general practice locations, with over 320 GPs and their teams, supporting the health and well-being of 464,000 enrolled people.

Pegasus Health has for many years recognised that developing our workforce is vital to improving the health status of the populations in the communities in which we serve. Since 2001 when these scholarships were first established, numerous aspiring recipients have been assisted, many of whom have gone on to outstanding careers in primary health care.

Allocation of scholarships

Scholarships are available to assist with fees for students undertaking:

  • Year 4 or 5 medicine
  • Year 2 or 3 nursing
  • Year 2, 3 or 4 training in an allied health profession

Applicants must:

  • Identify as Māori, Pacific or from Refugee and Migrant background communities
  • Be a domestic student
  • Be a resident of Canterbury
  • Be enrolled in a Canterbury tertiary institution, or a distance learning student living in Canterbury
  • Supply:
    • Official record of last year’s study academic record (issued by the institution or student portal)
    • Official verification of enrolment in 2021 (issued by the institution or student portal)
  • Provide a letter of introduction/reference from a community leader, such as a kaumatua, minister, mentor or other
  • Provide a cover letter (up to 500 words). You can tell us about your:
    • identity, values, cultural links to your community
    • strengths and challenges you may have faced
    • your thoughts and interests in working in primary care
    • where could you make a difference in respect to the health of your particular community
    • goals or career aspirations
    • anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself

Applications close: 5pm Friday 2nd April 2021.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend the awards ceremony on the evening of Tuesday 18th May 2021.

To apply for the scholarship, please complete the following application form


For more information and to discuss your application contact:


Melody Tuliau   |   Hauora Manager   |   P: 021 387 150



Maria Pasene   |   Pacific Health Manager   |   P: 021 222 6417



Ester Vallero   |   CALD Health Manager   |   P: 021 0425 363