MS International Federation McDonald Fellowships Program

The MS International Federation McDonald Fellowships Program

Deadline: June 30, 2024

Apply for the MS International Federation McDonald Fellowships Program. The McDonald Fellowship aims to give an opportunity to researchers from low- and middle-income countries, to carry out research at different Institutions from outside of their own country. Applicants interested in this fellowship programme usually need to first contact their preferred host Institution and agree on a research project with a selected supervisor. They then have to submit a joint application from together with the host.

Usually, fellows are free to choose any Research institution of their choice, outside their country. This allows fellows to develop expertise and networks. Fellows would then use this expertise to continue their research back in their home countries.

The MS International Federation’s McDonald Fellowships are funded for a period of 2-year through research placements. This fellowship is offered in the memory of Professor Ian McDonald. Through this award, selected applicants will be expected to use the newly acquired skills, knowledge, expertise and networks, continuing to undertake MS research and/or patient care in low- and middle-income countries.


Accepted applicants will be eligible for the following benefits

  • This fellowship consists of a two-year grant, worth up to £30,000 GBP per year
  • Recipients will use the fellowship grant to cover travel and living costs at their host research Institution
  • The program also offers an additional contribution worth £2,000 GBP per year to the host institution.


Candidates for the PhD position must meet the following conditions

  • Applicants must be students and graduates from low, lower middle or upper middle income economies
  • To apply, you must have completed post graduate programme of least MSc but preferably a PhD/MD in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis (MS) 
  • The fellowship is mainly dedicated to research projects of this nature
    • A research project in a research institute/hospital abroad if travel permits
    • Research projects in a research institute/hospital in the applicant’s home country
    • A virtual research project, either in full or in part with host institution mentoring
  • Applicants must be Working or studying in a low- or middle-income country at the time of application
  • Candidates who are citizens of low or middle income countries, working or studying in another country on a project which started within the six months to their nomination may also apply


Applicants interested in this fellowship programme are required to complete and submit their application by the deadline of application deadline of June 30, 2024. Applicants must contact their preferred host research institution and agree on a research project before they start completing their application

The application is completed online and is accompanied wit the relevant support documents as listed below

  • A support statement provided by the Host institution/ Supervisor
  • You must include contact details of 3 referees within your application, with one referee being your current supervisor or employer
  • Your referees must submit supporting reference letters via a dedicated email address, by the application deadline

To apply, click here

For more information, visit the official website here