The University of Sydney has come under fire this week after announcing a new veterinary science scholarship that will give preference specifically to male applicants.
“To be eligible for this scholarship you must be enrolled in the DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) in the year of award and preference will be given to applicants who are male,” the one-page presentation reads.
Established in honour of the late Professor Marsh Edwards AO, the scholarship will be available every four years and will provide one student with $27,000 of financial assistance over the four-year course period and is aimed to “defray the costs of accommodation and general living expenses to offset the cost of studying at University.”
To be eligible, applicants must be from a rural or regional area, male, interested in large animal practice, committed to working in a rural or regional area following graduation, and an Australian citizen.
When contacted by Mamamia, a university representative claimed the eligibility requirements had been set by the scholarship donor — Professor Edwards' wife, Marcia.
The university also said, "The scholarship does not exclude females and is open to all students regardless of gender studying veterinary science at the University."
It is expected more than 90 percent of the 2017 DVM intake will be female. However it is estimated that despite the high graduate numbers, female vets are still paid less than their male counterparts upon entering the workforce.