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2016 McDonald Fellowships For Emerging Countries – Apply!

About the 2016 McDonald Fellowships For Emerging Countries

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2016 McDonald Fellowships For Emerging Countries and all interested candidates are hereby invited to apply.

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Eligible Countries:

Emerging Countries (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income) as defined by the World Bank.

Brief description:

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) International Federation is offering the McDonald Research Fellowship for Emerging Countries in Medical fields

Eligible Field of Study:

The program will accept applications from all areas of research related to MS and encourage applications in the areas of symptom relief, rehabilitation and palliative care.

About the Award

The McDonald Fellowship was formerly known as the Du Pré Fellowship.

Every year the MS International Federation offers a number of McDonald Fellowships to young researchers from emerging countries. Fellowships enable the recipient to travel to an established research institution to work with leading researchers in MS, with a view to returning to their own country to establish a programme of MS research that involves the application of the newly learned techniques.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be under 35 at the time of application and must be citizens of an emerging country as defined by the World Bank.
  • Candidates must be in one of the following situations:
  • working or studying in an emerging country at the time of nomination
  • working or studying in another country on a project which started within the six months prior to nomination
  • Studying in another country on a project supported by an MS International Federation grant.
  • The candidate’s focus of research should be an area of neuroscience relevant to MS.
  • Before nomination, candidates need to have identified a suitable project and discussed their involvement with the project supervisor of the institution.
  • It is anticipated that the award may be seen as a contribution to the country from which the candidate comes, as a step toward establishing greater expertise in MS research in that country.
  • The fellowship may also be used as a supplement for work related to MS by a candidate who has been accepted for training in a recognised institute (within the six months prior to nomination) but who doesn’t have enough money to cover the total cost.
  • The research should be in an area that makes it likely that the studies and expertise can be transferred to the candidate’s home country.

Value of Scholarship:

The fellowship consists of a two-year grant, around UK £30,000 per year, to cover travel and living costs, and an additional contribution of UK £2,000 per year to the host institution.

It is anticipated that part of the second-year grant to the host institution will be used to cover the expenses of the candidate attending the annual congress of ECTRIMS, the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS.

Duration of Scholarship:

Two years

How to Apply

For more information, including a list of possible host institutions, please contact the head of international research, Dr Dhia Chandraratna, using the contact us form from the link below.

Visit Scholarship Webpage for details

Application Deadline: The deadline for nominations is 30 June 2016.

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