McDonald Fellowships 2018 | For Young Researchers from Emerging Countries

McDonald Fellowship ….

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation is now accepting entries for its 2018 McDonald Fellowship from young researchers from emerging countries. The McDonald Fellowship marks the memory of Professor Ian McDonald and it 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. Deadline for final submission of entries for the 2018 McDonald Fellowships is 30th of June.

McDonald Fellowship


The McDonald Fellowship marks the memory of Professor Ian McDonald.

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 Multiple sclerosis (MS) research and/or patient care in emerging countries.

 McDonald Fellowship Eligibility

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

 McDonald Fellowship Benefits

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.

How to Apply for McDonald Fellowship

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.

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, 2018.

Official Link

For more information, including a list of possible host institutions, please contact MSIF research team using the contact us form.


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