MSIF McDonald Fellowships fund 2021

MSIF McDonald Fellowships fund 2021

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McDonald Fellowships:

MSIF’s McDonald Fellowships fund 2-year research placements, in the memory of Professor Ian McDonald. The 2021 McDonald Fellowship requirements for applicants have been amended. Due to travel restrictions we are considering alternative ways to carry out research projects, allowing flexibility around how the Fellowship is spent, as well as when and where the project would be carried out.


The MS International Federation

Degree Level:

Fellowships , Post Graduates / PhD

Research Area:

Project may be:

A) in a research institute/hospital abroad if travel permits (as in previous years)

B) in a research institute/hospital in your home country

C) a virtual project, either in full or in part with host institution mentoring.

Fellowship Grant:

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


Be citizens of a low- or middle-income country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank).

Eligibility Criteria:

All candidates must:

  • Be educated to post graduate level (at least MSc, preferably PhD/MD); in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis
  • Focus their research in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis
  • Be 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
  • 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 recognized institute (within the six months prior to nomination) but who doesn’t have enough money to cover the total cost.

Application Procedure:

  • Complete all sections of the online application form, link below
  • The Host needs to provide a supporting statement at the end of the application.
  • Add names and contact details of 3 referees, including the applicant’s current supervisor or employer.
  • Ask referees to submit reference letters to research{at}msif{dot}org before the deadline.

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Application Deadline:

June 30, 2021

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