Fully Funded: MSIF’s McDonald Fellowships

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Are you an early-career researcher passionate about making a difference in the field of multiple sclerosis (MS)? If so, we have fantastic news for you! The McDonald Fellowships, an initiative by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF), are now accepting applications until 30th June 2024. This prestigious fellowship offers a unique opportunity for researchers from low- and middle-income countries to expand their expertise and contribute to global MS research efforts.

About the MSIF’s McDonald Fellowships

The McDonald Fellowship is designed to enable talented researchers to work in renowned research institutions outside their home countries. Over a two-year period, fellows will immerse themselves in collaborative research projects or gain valuable expertise in their chosen field. With grants of approximately £30,000 GBP per year, fellows receive financial support to cover travel, living expenses, and a contribution to the host institution. Additionally, selected fellows will have the opportunity to attend the annual congress of ECTRIMS, the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for this fellowship programme, you;

  • Must be a postgraduate students (at least MSc, preferably PhD/MD) researching Multiple Sclerosis
  • Must be a citizen of a low- or middle-income country. Click here to see if you’re from a low- or middle-income country.
  • Must be currently working or studying in a low- or middle-income country.

The McDonald Fellowship welcomes applicants committed to advancing MS research and patient care. The fellowship may also be used to partially fund a PhD programme, provided the candidate has already been accepted into a recognised institute.

Benefits of the McDonald Fellowships

The McDonald Fellowship offers more than just financial support. It’s an opportunity to gain invaluable experience, forge international collaborations, and contribute to cutting-edge MS research. Here are some of the benefits of this fellowship:

  • A two-year grant, around £30,000 GBP per year, to cover travel and living costs
  • Additional contribution of £2,000 GBP per year to the host institution
  • All paid expenses to attend the annual congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS) during the second year
  • The chance to make a lasting impact on MS care and research in your home country.
  • Most importantly, this fellowship opens doors to a global network of experts and resources, providing a platform for professional growth and development.

How to Apply

Ready to seize this opportunity? Follow these steps to submit your application:

  1. Identify your project and field of interest.
  2. Contact and agree on the project proposal with your host institution.
  3. Complete all sections of the online application form available on the MSIF website (Click here).
  4. Once you’ve submitted your application, ensure your host provides a supporting statement through the same application form.
  5. Request three referees to send their reference letters to research@msif.org before the 30th June deadline.
  6. Familiarise yourself with the Terms and Conditions of the Award to understand reporting requirements and payment details.

Application Deadline

Mark your calendars! The application deadline, including the online form, reference letters, and host supporting statement, is 30th June 2024. Ensure you submit your application with sufficient time for your host to provide their statement and for referees to send their letters. Late submissions will not be considered.

Join the McDonald Fellowship

Embark on a journey of discovery, collaboration, and innovation with the McDonald Fellowship. Apply now and take the first step towards shaping the future of MS research and care worldwide. Your passion and dedication can make a world of difference in the fight against multiple sclerosis.

For more information and assistance with identifying potential host institutions, kindly visit the fellowship advert page on the MSIF website (click here).

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