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Applications for The 2021 Du Pré Grants are Now Open!

MSIF Du Pré Grants enable multiple sclerosis researchers and clinicians to undertake short placements in established MS research centres and clinics.


The MSIF Du Pré Grant enables multiple sclerosis researchers and clinicians from low- and middle-income countries to make short visits (up to six months) to established MS research centres, outside of their own country. *For 2021 we are open to applications for virtual or local projects to overcome the travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19.




During the visit or virtual project, participants either gain expertise or carry out parts of joint research projects. This benefits care for people with MS and supports collaborative research. Following the award, we expect applicants to use the newly developed expertise and networks, and continue MS research and/or clinical practice in low- and middle-income countries.


Visits may last between two and six months. Each grant is up to a maximum of £6,000 GBP, to cover the cost of travel and living expenses or to top up an existing grant to extend a visit. *For 2021 we are more flexible on the use of funds if virtual or local projects are proposed.


Who is eligible?

All candidates must:

  • Be educated to postgraduate level (at least MSc, but preferably PhD/MD) in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Be citizens of a low- or middle-income country (all countries with a low, lower-middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank)

  • Focus their research proposal in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis

Candidates must also be in one of the following situations:

  • Working or studying in a low- or middle-income country (all countries with a low, lower-middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank) 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

Candidates are expected to return to their own countries at the end of the study period where they will contribute to advancing care and research in MS. A strong plan of how to continue one’s work after the award has ended is recommended.

The grant 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.

Candidates and Host supervisors are required to read and sign the Terms and Conditions of the award.


How to apply:

  • Complete all sections of the online application form

  • The Host needs to provide a supporting statement at the end of the application*

  • Add names and contact details of 2 referees, including the applicant’s current supervisor or employer

  • Ask your two referees to send a reference letter each to research[at]msif[dot].org before the deadline

*The host supporting statement is filled in once the Applicant has submitted their application. The proposed host will then be emailed with instructions to fill in the supporting statement in the application form in text only.


What is the deadline?

The application deadline, including the online form, reference letters, and supporting statement from the host, is 30 June 2021.

You must submit your application with sufficient time for the proposed host to read through your application and provide a supporting statement. It is advised to give at least 2-4 weeks for your host to complete this. Equally, you must ask both your referees to send one reference letter each to research{at}msif{dot}org before the deadline. Applications will be rejected if host statement or references are not received before 30 June.

  • Deadline of application: 30 June

  • Deadline of Host Supporting Statement: 30 June

  • Deadline of References: 30 June

Applicants will be informed of their application’s outcome in September.


How are grants awarded?

MSIF’s Du Pré Grants panel, which includes scientists and people affected by MS, considers and selects successful


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