The McDonald Fellowship enables early-career MS researchers from low- and middle-income countries to work at a research institution outside their country.

Following the award, we expect applicants to be able to use newly developed expertise and networks, and continue to conduct MS research and/or patient care in low- and middle-income countries.

Features and benefits

  • Two-year scholarship.
  • About £30 per year.
  • Covering travel and living costs.
  • An additional contribution of £2000.

Who is eligible?

All candidates must:

  • Be educated to graduate level (at least MSc, preferably MD) in a field relevant to multiple sclerosis or neurological disease.
  • Work or study in a low- or middle-income country
  • You have acceptance from an educational or research institution in your field of specialization.
  • Candidates are expected to return to their countries at the end of the study period where they will contribute to the advancement of care and research in MS.
  • The Fellowship can also be used as a supplement to MS-related work by a candidate who has been accepted for training at a recognized institute (within six months prior to nomination) but does not have enough money to cover the total cost.

The project may be:

  • At a research institute/hospital abroad if travel permits (as in previous years)
  • At a research institute/hospital in your country
  • Virtual project, either fully or partially with the guidance of the host institution*

How to Apply for McDonald Scholarship

  • Define your project and area of ​​interest
  • Communication and approval of the project proposal with a host (project supervisor in a laboratory or clinic)
  • The applicant completes all sections of the application form online
  • After the applicant submits, the host is contacted to provide a supporting statement using the same application form
  • The applicant asks the three referees to submit their letters of reference for the search at {at} msif {dot} well before the June 30 deadline