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McDonald Fellowships for International Students in UK

To support bright students from low or middle-income countries in the UK, the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation is providing the McDonald Fellowships for the academic year 2021-2022.

The fellowship will be presented to international applicants who will research in the field of multiple sclerosis. It is offered in the memory of Ian McDonald, who chaired the MSIF International Medical Advisory Board, and will cover all cost of study.

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Great opportunity for students in the UK.

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The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, established in 1967, is a global network of MS organisations that brings together the work of MS organisations to help people affected by MS around the world.

Why choose to study with MS International Federation? MSIF is working towards better scientific understanding leading to new ways to treat, prevent and stop MS and improved access to effective treatments and health care. It is also trying to enable access to accurate and trustworthy information and resources to make informed decisions to live well with MS. MSIF is constantly bringing and introducing Positive changes in policies and practices, attitudes and behaviours that are obstacles to living well with the disease.

Application Deadline: 30th June 2021

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: Research
  • Award: GBP 30,000
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in the UK


  • Eligible Countries: Applicants belonging to low or middle-income countries are eligible.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: All research programmes in the field of multiple sclerosis are eligible to apply for.
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following/given criteria:
  • The applicants must be citizens of a low- or middle-income country as defined by the World Bank.
  • The applicants must focus their research on an area relevant to multiple sclerosis.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Applicants are required to submit an online application form to avail the scholarship.
  • Supporting Documents: The applicants must submit the following documents:
  • Supporting statement
  • Names and contact details of 3 referees, including the applicant’s current supervisor or employer
  • Reference letter from the referees
  • Admission Requirements: The applicants must be a post-graduate level degree (at least MSc, preferably PhD/MD) in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis to be admitted.
  • Language Requirement: The applicants must be proficient in English and know basic communicable English.


The organisation will provide the selected applicants GBP 30,000 per year to cover travel and living costs and an additional contribution of GBP 2,000 per year to the host institution for two years.

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