MSIF offers Du Pré Grants to young MS researchers from emerging countries* to enable them to make short visits to established MS research centres, either to learn more from each other or to carry out parts of joint research projects.
The aim is to encourage cross-fertilisation of skills through collaborative research projects.
Each grant is likely to be between UK £2,000 and UK £4,000, to a maximum grant of UK £5,000. The funds are intended to contribute towards travel and living costs, or to top up an existing grant to extend a visit.
The duration of the visits is generally between two and six months. MSIF can provide about ten grants, over the spring and autumn rounds, per calendar year.
Who is eligible?
- Individuals, preferably young researchers from emerging countries* who are directly involved in an MS research project, are eligible for nomination.
- Before nomination, candidates need to have identified a suitable project and discussed their involvement with the project supervisor of the host institution. While MSIF has a list of potential hosts, candidates are encouraged to identify a suitable host institute and supervisor, to develop their project proposal before applying.
- Candidates should travel to an established MS research centre in
* - Emerging countries are all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank.
How to apply
University departments must nominate a candidate. This nomination should include:
Completed nomination form - a Du Pre Grant Nomination Form must be completed for each nomination and enclosed with the above documents.The nomination can be sent by the candidate's supervisor (current or host), referee or senior member of their research institute.
Candidate letter - a letter from the candidate detailing their reasons for applying, the duration of the project and the requested grant amount.
Curriculum vitae of candidate, including date of birth.
- Host letter - a signed letter (electronic signature accepted) of support from the project supervisor of the host institution, indicating that appropriate facilities will be made available. The letter should be on the institution's headed notepaper.
References - signed letters (electronic signature accepted) from at least two people with whom the candidate has worked (academic referees). The letters should also contain the email address of the referees. The host letter is not acceptable as a reference.
Project proposal - a description of the field of research that the candidate wishes to be trained in or the research project that he or she wishes to carry out. This should be written by the applicant and should be a maximum of four A4 pages including background, aims and methodology. A list of references should be added as an appendix which may also include figures.
Candidates are required to submit all the above documents by email to
Dhia Chandraratna by the deadline below.
What is the deadline for nominations?
Du Pré Grants are offered twice a year but nominations can be received at any time.
MSIF has announced the first wave of grants for 2014. The deadline for applications for the second wave is 30 June.
What evidence of results is needed?
After a Du Pré Grant has been awarded and the research taken place, a short report and expenditure summary will be required for submission to the Du Pré Grant Work Group. Electronic copies of reports, papers, abstracts and posters resulting from the visit should also be submitted.
Papers produced as a result of or in connection with Du Pré Grant funded research should acknowledge the MSIF Du Pré Grant. If possible, such acknowledgements should also reference MSIF's website.
How are grants awarded?
MSIF's International Medical and Scientific Board's Du Pré Grant Work Group considers and selects successful candidates.
The second round of 2014 award recipients will be announced in the week beginning 20 October.
Who do I contact?
Applications should be submitted to MSIF’s Head of International Medical and Scientific Research,
Dr Dhia Chandraratna.
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