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.
The executive committee of the MS International Federation‘s International medical and scientific board will consider and select successful candidates. The McDonald Fellowship was formerly known as the Du Pré Fellowship.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
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:
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.
Citizens of ALL Emerging Countries
(Emerging countries are all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank
Established research institutions in developed countries. For a list of possible host institutions, please contact the program head (see below)
Fields of study
Focus of research should be any area of neuroscience relevant to MS.
In 2015, the program accepted applications from all areas of research related to MS and encouraged applications in the areas of symptom relief, rehabilitation and palliative care.
Number of awards
Not specified by provider
The fellowship consists of a two year grant.
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:
In addition, the MS International Federation requests electronic copies of papers, abstracts and posters resulting from the fellowship.
The fellowship consists of 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.
Method of Application
To apply, you must be under 35 at the time of this application and you must be a citizen of an emerging country as defined by the World Bank. If you meet the rest of the eligibility criteria, then sign up to apply for a McDonald Fellowship by filling in the online application form available on the official website. For more information, including a list of possible host institutions, please contact the head of international research, Dr Dhia Chandraratna, use the official contact us form.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information, and also to access the online application form to apply for this fellowship.
The deadline for nominations is 30 June 2016
The McDonald Fellowship marks the memory of Professor Ian McDonald. Professor McDonald had a monumental impact on MS research, treatment and understanding, providing invaluable breakthroughs in the field. He was a member of the MS International Federation’s International medical and scientific board from 1980 and its chairman from 1999 to 2003.
The McDonald Fellowship was formerly known as the Du Pré Fellowship.
Application Deadline: 30 June 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Emerging countries)