The MSIF Du Pré Grant enables MS researchers and clinicians from emerging countries to make short visits (under six months) to established MS research centres, outside 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 practise in emerging countries. Two of the annual awards are supported by Stichting MS Research (the Dutch MS Research Foundation).
Visits generally last between two and six months. Each grant is from £2,500 (GBP) to a maximum of £6,000, to cover the cost of travel and living expenses or to top up an existing grant to extend a visit.
Who is eligible?
All candidates must:
- Be educated to post graduate level in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Be citizens of an emerging 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 an emerging 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
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. Candidates are encouraged to identify a suitable host institute and supervisor, and to develop their project proposal.
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.
Candidates must provide the following to apply:
- A joint Du Pré Grant application form from the applicant and host.
- Testimonies (references) from two people, including one from the applicant’s current supervisor or employer.
The Du Pré Grant application form can be downloaded by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
What is the deadline?
All completed Du Pré application forms should be attached to an email, along with the required references, and submitted to email@example.com by the 30th of June.
Result will be announced in late September.
How are grants awarded?
MSIF’s Du Pré Grants panel 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 a list of possible host institutions, contact our research team using the Contact Us form.