Professor McDonald had a monumental impact on MS research, treatment and understanding, providing invaluable breakthroughs in the field. He was a member of the MS International Federation’s International medical and scientific board from 1980 and its chairman from 1999 to 2003.
The McDonald Fellowship was formerly known as the Du Pré Fellowship.
Every year the MS International Federation offers 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 programme of MS research that involves the application of the newly learned techniques.
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. We anticipate that part of the second-year grant to the host institution will be used to cover the expenses of the candidate attending the annual congress of ECTRIMS, the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS.
In 2015, we will accept applications from all areas of research related to MS and encourage applications in the areas of symptom relief, rehabilitation and palliative care.
Who is eligible?
Candidates must be under 35 at the time of application and must be citizens of an emerging country* as defined by the World Bank.
Candidates must be in one of the following situations:
- working or studying in an emerging country* at the time of nomination
- working or studying in another country on a project which started within the six months prior to nomination
- 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.
Before nomination, candidates need to have identified a suitable project and discussed their involvement with the project supervisor of the institution.
It is anticipated that the award may be seen as a contribution to the country from which the candidate comes, as a step toward establishing greater expertise in MS research in that country.
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 recognised institute (within the six months prior to nomination) but who doesn’t have enough money to cover the total cost.
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.
* – Emerging countries are all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank.
What is the deadline?
The deadline for nominations is 30 June 2016.
Who awards the fellowships?
The executive committee of the MS International Federation ‘s International medical and scientific board will consider and select successful candidates.
What evidence of results is needed?
The MS International Federation requires a short report at the end of the first year of the fellowship. Second-year funding depends on the submission of this report.
Upon completion of the fellowship, a final report is required. This should detail:
- What the recipient has gained from the fellowship
- Their achievements in the project field
- The area of expertise which is being transferred back to the country of origin.
In addition, the MS International Federation requests electronic copies of papers, abstracts and posters resulting from the fellowship.
Who do I contact?
For more information, including a list of possible host institutions, please contact our head of international research, Dr Dhia Chandraratna, using the contact us form.