UK Department for International Development (DFID) is offering Commonwealth Medical Fellowships. These fellowships are available for mid-career medical staff from developing countries to spend between three and six months at an approved UK university hospital, learning or improving a specific clinical skill.
The purpose is to provide mid-career medics with the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills, and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.
These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.
Applicants must be employed by a hospital affiliated to a university.
Course Level: Fellowships are available to doctors and dentists to enable them to spend between three and six months at a UK hospital.
Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded to undertake a programme designed to enhance clinical skills.
Scholarship Award: Each fellowship provides:
- Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
- Research support grant, payable to your host university hospital ? Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,594 per month, or £1,977 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2016-2017 levels)
- Reimbursement of the fee for a single English language test and the fee for General Medical Council (GMC) registration
- Arrival allowance
- Study travel grant towards the costs of approved travel within the UK or overseas
- If applicants are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £448 per month for the first child, and £110 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if applicants are accompanied by their children and solely legally responsible for them. The level of financial support provided through family allowances is under review and subject to change in both eligibility and rate
Scholarship can be taken in the UK
Eligibility: To apply for these fellowships, applicants must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- Be employed by a hospital affiliated to a university
- Be nominated to the CSC by an eligible institution
- Be available to start your fellowship in the UK on 1 October 2017
- Have qualified as a doctor between 1 October 2007 and 30 September 2010, or before 1 October 2002
- Have met the English language requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC) by 15 May 2017
The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.
Nationality: Students from developing Commonwealth country can apply for these scholarships.
List of Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British) and Zambia
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: Applicants must be employed by a hospital affiliated to a university.
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirements: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.
How to Apply:
- Applicants must apply to a nominating body in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these fellowships.
- Selected universities/medical colleges/university bodies are invited to nominate members of staff at affiliated hospitals.
- All applications must be made through their nominating body in their home country. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. Applicants must check with their nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications.
- Applicants must make their application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS).
- Their application must be submitted to and endorsed by one of the approved nominating bodies listed above. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to a nominating body in their home country.
- All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 15 November 2016 at the latest.
- Applicants are advised to complete and submit their application as soon as possible, as the EAS will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.
- Applicants must send the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 6 January 2017 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
- References from at least two individuals
Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 15 November 2016 at the latest.