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McDonald Medical Fellowship for Young Researchers in Emerging Countries 2017 – UK

McDonald Fellowships enable young researchers from emerging countries to work in a research institution outside their own country, with a view to returning to their country to establish a programme of MS research that involves the application of the newly learned techniques.

Application Deadline: The deadline for nominations is 30 June 2017.

Offered annually? Yes

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

To be taken at (country): UK

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.

From 2016 one of these fellowships will be a joint MSIF-ECTRIMS fellowship which is funded by ECTRIMS.

Type: Research fellowship

Eligibility: All candidates must:

  • be under 35 at the time of application
  • be educated to post graduate level in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • be citizens of an emerging country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank)
  • focus their research in an area of neuroscience relevant to MS

Candidates must also be in one of the following situations:

  • working or studying in an emerging country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank) 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.

Before nomination, candidates need to have identified a suitable project and discussed their involvement with the project supervisor of the intended host institution outside their own country. Candidates are expected to return to their own countries at the end of the study period where they will contribute to advancing care and research in MS.

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.

Selection: The executive committee of the our International Medical and Scientific Board will consider and select successful candidates.

Number of Awardees: not specified

Value of Fellowship: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 Fellowship: two years

How to Apply: Click here to apply for a McDonald Fellowship

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 Fellowship Webpage for details;

Award Provider: The executive committee of the MS International Federation ‘s International medical and scientific board

Important Note: The MS International Federation requires a short report at the end of the first year of the fellowship. Second-year funding depends on the submission of this report.

Upon completion of the fellowship, a final report is required. This should detail:

  • What the recipient has gained from the fellowship
  • Their achievements in the project field
  • The area of expertise which is being transferred back to the country of origin.

In addition, the MS International Federation requests electronic copies of papers, abstracts and posters resulting from the fellowship.

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