Commonwealth Medical Fellowships (Fully-Funded)
All applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 23 March 2020 at the latest.
Commonwealth Medical Fellowships are 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 one of the CSC’s six themes:
Science and technology for development
Strengthening health systems and capacity
Promoting global prosperity
Strengthening global peace, security and governance
Strengthening resilience and response to crises
Access, inclusion and opportunity
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 eligible Commonwealth country
Have an academic appointment in an eligible Commonwealth country at one of the medical schools by the World Directory of Medical Schools, employed by a hospital affiliated to the Medical School where you have the academic appointment
Be available to start your fellowship in the UK between October-December 2020
Have qualified as a doctor before 1 October 2005
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 August 2020
Have verified your primary medical qualification independently by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for General Medical Council (GMC) registration by 31 August 2020
Your award is undertaken at an approved UK university hospital
You will be expected to participate in clinical practice during your fellowship, and therefore will need 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 a change. They are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates.
Eligible Commonwealth countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Once received by the CSC, each candidate’s application will be considered firstly by the CSC’s Medical Awards Administrator with expertise in the subject area concerned, and then by the CSC selection committee in competition with other candidates.
Applications will be considered according to the following selection criteria:
Academic merit of the candidate
Quality of the proposal (minimum 200 words)
Potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
For further details, see the Commonwealth Medical Fellowships 2020 selection criteria
Terms and conditions For full terms and conditions – including value of the scholarship and general conditions of award – see the Commonwealth Medical Fellowships 2020 terms and conditions
How to apply
You must make your application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application system. Your application must be submitted to and endorsed by the Dean of the Medical School which you have the academic appointment The CSC will not accept any applications that are not submitted via the CSC’s online application system.
Only one application per applicant for these fellowships will be accepted.
Application deadline: All applications must be submitted by 16:00 (GMT) on 23 March 2020 at the latest.
Supporting documentation: You must provide the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (BST) on 14 April 2020 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:
Proof of citizenship or refugee status; a copy of your valid passport (or national ID card) showing your photograph, date of birth, and country of citizenship – uploaded to the online application system
Full university transcripts and certificates detailing the dates of qualification for your primary medical degree – uploaded to the online application system
Academic reference from the Head of your Teaching Hospital Department outlining how the skills gained are required. All references are to be submitted directly by the referees to the online application system (referees will be sent an email request)
An Endorsement by the Dean of the Medical School at which you have the academic appointment confirming your academic appointment submitted directly by the Dean to the online application system (the Dean will be sent an email request)
Supporting statement from your first choice proposed supervisor in the UK university hospital – submitted directly to the CSC (supervisors will be sent an email request)
You can view a read-only paper of the application form before you access the online application form below.