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 Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSCUK) offers the Commonwealth Medical Fellowships for mid-career medical staff from low and middle income countries, to enhance their clinical skills.

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Medical Fellowships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development.

These fellowships are offered under the second of the CSC’s six themes: Strengthening health systems and capacity. You can apply for a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship to spend time 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 citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country
  • Be employed by a hospital affiliated to a university
  • Be available to start your fellowship in the UK in January 2019
  • Have qualified as a doctor between 1 October 2008 and 30 September 2011, or before 1 October 2003
  • Have qualified at a medical school recognised by the World Directory of Medical Schools
  • Have met the English language requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC) by 31 August 2018
You will be expected to participate in clinical practice during your fellowship, and to register with the General Medical Council (GMC). If your proposed programme does not require this registration, your application will be considered ineligible.

The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates.

The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner.

Eligible groups
Citizens and residents of a developing Commonwealth country

Participating Institutions
Selected eligible UK university hospitals and institutions. 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

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. Note: Nominating bodies in Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, is the national University Grants Commission; and in Pakistan, is the Higher Education Commission.

All applications must be made through a 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 provide the following supporting documentation, which must be received by the CSC by 23.59 (BST) on 28 May 2018 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration: Academic references from at least two individuals.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on applying for this fellowship.

All applications must be submitted by 23.59 (BST) on 21 May 2018 at the latest.

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

Enquiries about the CSC’s application system only – including feedback – should be sent to

Please note that the CSC does not charge candidates to apply for any of its scholarships or fellowships, and it does not charge organisations to nominate candidates.

Application Deadline: 21 May 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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