McDonald Fellowships Announces MS Scholarships in UK for Developing Countries Students in 2024

  • Fully Funded
  • UK Universities
  • Masters
  • All Subjects
  • International Students
  • UK
  • 06/30/2024
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12 Days
McDonald Fellowships Announces MS Scholarships.McDonald Fellowships Announces MS Scholarships.

Description for McDonald Fellowship:

McDonald Fellowships Offer Hope to Emerging MS Researchers from Developing Nations


In an era where the chasm between the developed and the developing world is ever-expanding, initiatives that aim to bridge this divide are not just welcome; they are necessary. One such beacon of hope shines brightly in the medical research arena, thanks to the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF). The McDonald Fellowships, a flagship program of MSIF, is poised to open doors for early career researchers from low- and middle-income countries, offering them a unique opportunity to advance in the field of multiple sclerosis (MS) research.



As of January 9, 2024, MSIF has announced that the application window for the McDonald Fellowships will commence in February 2024. This eagerly anticipated announcement has ignited excitement among the global scientific community, signaling a continued commitment by MSIF and its partners, including the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS) and The Fondation pour l’Aide à la Recherche sur la Sclérose En Plaques (ARSEP), to nurture emerging talent and propel MS research forward on a global scale.


The McDonald Fellowship stands as a testament to the power of international collaboration in the fight against MS, a condition that affects millions worldwide. Designed to enable recipients from developing countries to engage in cutting-edge research at leading institutions across the globe, the fellowship provides a comprehensive grant of approximately £30,000 GBP per annum over two years. This grant covers travel and living expenses, with an additional £2,000 GBP yearly contribution to the host institution. Such financial support underscores the program's dedication to eliminating the economic barriers that often hinder talented researchers from pursuing opportunities abroad.


Eligibility for the fellowship is meticulously defined to ensure that the program reaches those most in need of such opportunities. Candidates must hail from low- or middle-income countries as defined by the World Bank and hold a postgraduate degree in a field relevant to MS research. The fellowship is open to individuals currently working or studying in a developing country, or those engaged in a project that commenced within six months prior to the application. This inclusive approach ensures a wide range of researchers can apply, fostering diversity and innovation in MS research.



Applicants to the McDonald Fellowships are required to identify a suitable project and host supervisor at an institution outside their own country before applying, ensuring that both parties are committed to the fellowship's goals. The application process, detailed on the MSIF website, includes submission of a comprehensive online form, supporting statements from the host, and reference letters, all by the deadline of June 30, 2024.


The selection process, conducted by a panel comprising scientists and individuals affected by MS, emphasizes the fellowship's commitment to community and scientific excellence. Awardees are expected to return to their home countries post-fellowship, applying their newfound expertise and networks to advance MS research and patient care in underserved regions.


In essence, the McDonald Fellowships not only offer a lifeline to individual researchers but also represent a pivotal step towards a more inclusive and collaborative scientific community. By investing in the potential of researchers from developing countries, MSIF is helping to ensure that the fight against MS is a global effort, characterized by shared knowledge, resources, and hope for the future.

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