2016 Commonwealth Medical Fellowships for Developing Commonwealth Countries’ Students, UK

UK Department for International Development (DFID) is inviting applications for Medical fellowships available for doctors and dentists from Developing Commonwealth Countries. These fellowships are for mid-career clinical staff to learn a new medical or dental skill, to practise the new medical or dental skill and to network with others in the same and related specialties. The EAS will close to all applicants on 19 November.

Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded to undertake a programme designed to enhance clinical skills.
Course Level: Fellowships are available to doctors and dentists to enable them to spend between three and six months at a UK hospital.
Scholarship Provider: UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Scholarship can be taken at: UK

Eligibility: To apply for these fellowships, you must:
-Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
-Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
-Be employed by a hospital affiliated to a university
-Be nominated to the CSC by an eligible institution.
-Be available to start your fellowship in the UK on 1 October 2016
-Have qualified as a doctor or dentist between 1 October 2006 and 30 September 2009, or before 1 October 2001
-Have met the English language requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC)/General Dental Council (GDC) by 15 April 2016.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Citizens of developing Commonwealth country (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St Helena, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (British) and Zambia) can apply for these Commonwealth Medical Fellowships.

Scholarship Description: Commonwealth-Shared-ScholarshipCommonwealth Medical Fellowships (Enhancing Clinical Skills) are offered for mid-career medical and dental staff from developing Commonwealth countries. These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth. You can apply for a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship to spend between three and six months at an approved UK university hospital, learning or improving a specific clinical skill. Fellows are expected to participate in clinical practice during their fellowship, and to register with the General Medical Council (GMC)/General Dental Council (GDC). If your proposed programme does not require this registration, your application will be considered ineligible.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Applicants can apply for a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship to spend between three and six months at an approved UK university hospital, learning or improving a specific clinical skill.

What does it cover? Each fellowship provides:
-Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependants, nor usually the cost of journeys made before your award is finally confirmed)
-Research support grant, payable to your host university hospital
-Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,580 per month, or £1,959 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2015-2016 levels)
-Reimbursement of the fee for a single English language test and the fee for General Medical Council (GMC)/ General Dental Council (GDC) registration
-Arrival allowance
-Study travel grant towards the costs of approved travel within the UK or overseas
-If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £444 per month for the first child, and £109 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you are accompanied by your children and solely legally responsible for them. The level of financial support provided through family allowances is under review and subject to change in both eligibility and rate.

Selection Criteria: Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
-Academic merit of the candidate
-Quality of the application
-Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these fellowships:
-Selected universities/medical colleges that are invited to nominate members of staff at affiliated hospitals.
-In Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, through the national University Grants Commission
-In Pakistan, through the Higher Education Commission All applications must be made through your nominating body in your home country. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications. You must make your application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS). Your application must be submitted to and endorsed by one of the approved nominating bodies listed above. The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the EAS to a nominating body in your home country.

Electronic Application System

Scholarship Application Deadline: The EAS will close to all applicants on 19 November and no further applications can be submitted after that date. The deadline for nominating bodies to submit nominations to the CSC is 17 December.

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