Applications are for 2019 MSIF Du Pré Grants are now closed.


Thank you very much for your interest in the MSIF awards. We will open the next round in early 2020, and the deadline will be June 30.

If you wish to apply for next year, please read the instructions below. We would like to encourage prospective applicants to start considering their areas of interest, and suitable hosts. If you have further questions you may reach us on

We strongly recommend that you also contact to discuss the topic of your research proposal before you apply, so we can check that it is eligible for this award.

What is the Du Pré Grant?

The MSIF Du Pré Grant enables MS researchers and clinicians from low- and middle-income countries to make short visits (under six months) to established MS research centres, outside of their own country. During the visit, participants either gain expertise or carry out parts of joint research projects. This benefits care for people with MS and supports collaborative research. Following the award, we expect applicants to use the newly developed expertise and networks, and continue MS research and/or clinical practice in low- and middle-income countries.

Visits generally last between two and six months. Each grant is up to a maximum of £6,000 GBP, to cover the cost of travel and living expenses or to top up an existing grant to extend a visit.

Two of the annual awards are supported by Stichting MS Research (the Dutch MS Research Foundation).

Please note:

This is a joint application from the applicant and host. Before nomination, candidates need to have identified a suitable project and host supervisor at an institution outside of their own country. A project host must be agreed before commencing the application. The deadline for the host statement is the same as the entire application: 21 July 2019.

Who is eligible?

All candidates must:

  • Be educated to post graduate level in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • 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)
  • Focus their research in an area relevant to MS

Candidates must also be in one of the following situations:

  • Working or studying in a low- or middle-income 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

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 grant 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.

How to apply:

  • Complete all sections of the online application form
  • The Host needs to provide a supporting statement at the end of the application
  • Add names and contact details of 2 referees, including the applicant’s current supervisor or employer

What is the deadline?

The application deadline, including the online form and supporting statement from the host, is 21 July 2019. In light of this, ensure that you submit your application with sufficient time for the proposed host to read through your application and provide a supporting statement.

Applicants will be informed in late September, with awardees announced publicly in October.

How are grants awarded?

MSIF’s Du Pré Grants panel, which includes scientists and people affected by MS, considers and selects successful candidates.

What evidence of results is needed?

At the end of the award period, we will require a short report and expenditure summary. 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 grant and include the address of the MS International Federation’s website:

Who do I contact?

For more information, including assistance with identifying possible host institutions, please contact our research team using the contact us form, selecting “Research grants and awards”.