The McDonald Fellowship enables young researchers from emerging countries to work in a research institution outside of their own country. Following the award, we expect applicants will be able to use the newly developed expertise and networks, continuing to undertake MS research and/or patient care in emerging countries.

The fellowship consists of a two-year grant, 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. We anticipate 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.

One fellowships is in partnership with ECTRIMS and is known as the MSIF-ECTRIMS McDonald Fellowship.

One fellowships is in partnership with the  ARSEP, The Fondation pour l’Aide à la Recherche sur la Sclérose En Plaques.

Who is eligible?

All candidates must:

  • Be under 35 at the time of application
  • 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 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.

Candidates need to provide the following to apply:

  • A joint McDonald Fellowship application form from the applicant and host.
  • Testimonies (references) from three people, including one from the applicant’s current supervisor or employer.

The McDonald Fellowship application form can be downloaded by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

What is the deadline?

All completed McDonald application forms should be attached to an email, along with the required references, and submitted to research@msif.org by the 30th of June.

Result will be announced in late September.

How are grants awarded?

MSIF’s McDonald Fellowship panel considers and selects successful candidates.

What evidence of results is needed?

A short report must be submitted 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. 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 McDonald Fellowship-funded research should acknowledge the fellowship 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, please contact our research team using the contact us form.

McDonald Fellowship

Please enter your name and email to download the McDonald Fellowship application form.
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