McDonald Fellowships enable young researchers from emerging countries to work in a research institution outside their own country, with a view to returning to their country to establish a programme of MS research that involves the application of the newly learned techniques.

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 of the fellowships is funded by ECTRIMS and is know as the MSIF-ECTRIMS McDonald Fellowship.

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 of neuroscience 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.

Before nomination, candidates need to have identified a suitable project and discussed their involvement with the project supervisor of the intended host institution outside their own country. 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 signed letter from the candidate detailing their reasons for nomination.
  • A signed letter from the candidate’s current supervisor supporting the nomination.
  • Candidate’s curriculum vitae.
  • Testimonies (references) from at least two people with whom the candidate has worked.
  • A description of the field of research that the candidate wishes to be trained in or the research that the candidate wishes to carry out.
  • A signed letter of support from the supervisor of the host institution, indicating that appropriate facilities will be made available.
  • A one-page statement as to what the future plans of the candidate might be when he or she returns to country of origin.

What is the deadline?

The deadline for nominations is 30 June each year. Result will be announced in late September.

Who awards the fellowships?

The executive committee of the our International Medical and Scientific Board will consider and select 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.