MS International Federation McDonald Fellowships fund Program

Applications for the McDonald Fellowships are now open which enables early career multiple sclerosis researchers from low- and middle-income countries to work in a research institution outside of their own country. During the visit, participants either gain expertise or carry out parts of joint research projects.

The fellowship consists of a two-year grant, around £30,000 GBP per year, to cover travel and living costs, and an additional contribution of £2,000 GBP per year to the host institution. We expect that part of the second-year grant to the host institution will be used to cover the candidate’s expenses to attend the annual congress of ECTRIMS, the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS. 


  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): MS International Federation
  • Host Institution(s): MS International Federation
  • Funding Amount: Full tuition fee waiver
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: Postgraduate (MSc, preferably PhD/MD)
  • Nationality: International Students

See Also: Call for Applications: CARTA PhD Fellowships 2025

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for McDonald Fellowships, applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:

  • Applicants must be educated to post graduate level (at least MSc, preferably PhD/MD) in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis.
  • Applicants must be citizens of a low- or middle-income 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 multiple sclerosis.

Candidates must also be in one of the following situations:

  • Working or studying in a low- or middle-income country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank) at the time of application.
  • Working or studying in another country on a project which started within the six months prior to application.
  • Studying in another country on a Du Pré grant project supported MSIF.

Also Apply: UNICEF Leading Minds Youths Fellowship 2024 [Paid Fellowship]

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: To participate in the McDonald Fellowships, applicants are to Apply through the application website.

  • Identify your project and field of interest.
  • Contact and agree the project proposal with your host (project supervisor in a lab or clinic).
  • Applicant completes all sections of the online application form.
  • After Applicant submits, the Host is contacted to submit a supporting statement using the same application form.
  • Applicant asks the three referees to send their reference letters to [email protected]  before the 30 June deadline.
  • Applicants must read the Terms and Conditions of the Award to understand requirements around reporting and payments.
  • Applicants should pay close attention to the lay summary of the application. Advice on how to write a lay summary can be found at the bottom of this page.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

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