Calling All MS Researchers

MSIF offers grants for researchers from low- and middle-income countries

By Anne Helme

The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) is inviting applications for McDonald Fellowships and Du Pré grants for researchers or clinicians working in a low- or middle-income country, who would like funding to expand their expertise and build partnerships with other countries. The deadline for application is July 21, 2019.

Members of the MSIF Research Alumni Network at ECTRIMS 2018.

McDonald Fellowships enable young researchers from low- and middle-income countries to work in a research institution outside their own country, with a view to returning to their country to establish a program of MS research that involves the application of the newly learned techniques, to help transform the MS landscape in their home country. The fellowship consists of a two-year grant of £30,000 GBP per year, to cover travel and living costs, and an additional contribution of £2,000 GBP per year to the host institution. Find out more at

Du Pré grants fund short visits by researchers and clinicians from low- and middle-income countries to established MS research centers outside their own country, either to learn from each other or to carry out parts of joint research projects. Visits generally last between two and six months. Each grant is up to a maximum of £6,000 GBP. The funds are intended to go toward travel and living costs, or to supplement an existing grant to extend a visit. Find out more at •

Helme is the head of research and access at the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.