September 24, 2016

Commonwealth Medical Fellowships (Fully funded) for Clinical Training in the United Kingdom

Commonwealth Medical Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Medicine
Course Level: Graduate training fellowship
Provider: UK Govt (DFID)
Country to Study in: UK

Scholarship Description
The Commonwealth 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.

Commonwealth Medical Fellowships

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 2017
  • Have qualified as a doctor or dentist between 1 October 2007 and 30 September 2010, or before 1 October 2002
  • Have met the English language requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC) / General Dental Council (GDC) by 15 April 2017
Selection criteria:
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
  • Academic merit of the candidate
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
Eligible groups
Citizens and residents of a developing Commonwealth country

Participating Institutions
Selected eligible UK university hospitals and institutions -- universities, medical colleges, and university bodies. See the list of nominating universities/medical colleges/university bodies

Fields of study
Medical clinical specialties - fellows spend time learning or improving a specific clinical skill

Number of awards
Not specified - several will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
Grant covers between three and six months of stay

Scholarship benefits
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)
  • 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
Method of Application
You must apply to a nominating body in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these fellowships. Selected universities/medical colleges/university bodies are invited to nominate members of staff at affiliated hospitals (see Participating Institutions above list of eligible nominating institutions).

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.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this fellowship, and also for full information on how to use the EAS, and to access the EAS.

All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (GMT) on 15 November 2016 at the latest

You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the EAS will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline.

You must send the your supporting documentation (i.e. references from at least two individuals) to be received by the CSC by 6 January 2017 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration.

Please note that the CSC does not charge candidates to apply for any of its scholarships or fellowships through its Electronic Application System (EAS), and it does not charge organisations to nominate candidates.

All enquiries about these fellowships should be directed to your nominating body in your home country.

Application Deadline: 15 November 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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