McDonald Fellowships in NeuroScience for Young Researchers from Emerging Countries

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) International Federation is offering the McDonald Research Fellowship in Medical fields for citizens of Emerging Countries (i.e. all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income) as defined by the World Bank.

Every year the MS International Federation offers a number of McDonald Fellowships to young researchers from emerging countries. Fellowships enable the recipient to travel to an established research institution to work with leading researchers in MS, with a view to returning to their own country to establish a programme of MS research that involves the application of the newly learned techniques.

The executive committee of the MS International Federation‘s International medical and scientific board will consider and select successful candidates. The McDonald Fellowship was formerly known as the Du Pré Fellowship.

Candidates must be under 35 at the time of application and must be citizens of an emerging country as defined by the World Bank.

Candidates must be in one of the following situations:

  • working or studying in an emerging country 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.

The candidate’s focus of research should be an area of neuroscience relevant to MS.

Before nomination, candidates need to have identified a suitable project and discussed their involvement with the project supervisor of the institution.

It is anticipated that the award may be seen as a contribution to the country from which the candidate comes, as a step toward establishing greater expertise in MS research in that country.

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.

The research should be in an area that makes it likely that the studies and expertise can be transferred to the candidate’s home country.

Method of Application
To apply, you must be under 35 at the time of this application and you must be a citizen of an emerging country as defined by the World Bank. If you meet the rest of the eligibility criteria, then sign up to apply for a McDonald Fellowship by filling in the online application form.

The deadline for nominations is 30 June 2017


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