MS International Federation is awarding 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 program of MS research.

Ths aim of MS International Federation is to lead the global MS movement to improve the quality of life of people affected by MS and to support the better understanding of the treatment of MS by facilitating international cooperation between MS societies, the international research community and other stakeholders.

The MS International Federation is a unique global network of MS organisations. They have 47 member organisations from around the world and links to many others. Together we lead the fight against MS and work to improve the quality of life of people affected by MS in more than 105 countries.


Scholarship Type

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


Eligible Fields of Study

Fellowships are available to undertake two years research in MS.


Value of Award

The fellowship consists of a two-year grant, around UK £30,000 per year, to cover travel and living costs, and an additional contribution of UK £2,000 per year to the host institution. 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 recognized institute (within the six months prior to nomination) but who doesn’t have enough money to cover the total cost.



Applicant Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must be under 35 at the time of application and must be citizens of an emerging country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income) as defined by the World Bank. Candidates must be

  • Working or studying in an emerging country at the time of nomination or
  • Working or studying in another country on a project which started within the six months prior to nomination or
  • 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. 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.

Nationality: These McDonald fellowships are open to the citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, The Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Haiti, Kenya, Korea, Dem Rep., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Congo, Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, India, Kiribati, Kosovo , Kyrgyz Republic,Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia, Angola, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Hungary, Iran, Islamic Rep., Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, FYR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Peru, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu and Venezuela, RB.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.


Application Deadline: The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2017.

Application Form 

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