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
Eligibility and Criteria
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 recognized 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 program does not require this registration, your application will be considered ineligible.
- The CSC aims to identify talented individuals who have the potential to make the change. We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination, and encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates. For further information on the support available to candidates with a disability, see the CSC disability support statement.
- The CSC is committed to administering and managing its scholarships and fellowships in a fair and transparent manner. For further information, see the CSC anti-fraud policy and the DFID guidance on reporting fraud.
Eligible Commonwealth Countries
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Gambia
- Papua New Guinea
- St Helena
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
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)
- The potential impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
Awards and Benefits
- Awards are tenable for a 4-6 month period at any UK university hospital. You are expected to spend the full duration of your award in the UK.
- Medical Fellowships are intended to provide access to specific skills/expertise that is not easily obtained in your home country. Applications clearly demonstrating this will be looked upon favorably.
- In your application, you are expected to obtain agreement from one Supervisor (Medical Consultant) from a UK university hospital that you think is the most appropriate to host your
- Candidates selecting institutions outside London will get priority over candidates selecting institutions in London. This is because you are likely to gain more hands-on experience
in institutions outside London.
- The CSC will make the final decision on institution of study, and reserves the right to overrule any preferences indicated by the candidate.
- You may wish to include the following paragraph in your communication with your potential
supervisor: “Commonwealth Medical Fellowships are offered by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom for citizens of low and middle-income Commonwealth
- Awards are tenable at any UK institution for between 4 and 6 months.
- The primary aims of the Fellowships are for the award-holder to learn a new clinical skill, to practice the new clinical skill, and to network with others in the same and related specialties.
- The secondary aims are for the award holder to participate in the academic activities of the host organization, and to conduct small-scale research projects.
- Awards are not available for study towards a higher
degree or for Observerships. If you agree, in principle, to supervise my Fellowship, you will receive an email.
- This email enables you to view my application and enter a supporting statement. More information about Commonwealth Medical Fellowships can be found on the CSC website.
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 dependents, 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) at the rate of £1,696 per month, or £2,104 per month for those at university hospitals in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2019-2020 levels)
• Reimbursement of the fee for a single English language test and the fee for General Medical Council (GMC) registration
• Warm clothing allowance
• Study travel grant towards the costs of approved travel within the UK
• If you are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £476 per month for the first child, and £117 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if you
are accompanied by your children and they are living with you at the same address in the UK.
• If you declare a disability, a full assessment of your needs and eligibility for additional financial support will be offered The CSC’s family allowances are intended to be only a contribution towards the cost of maintaining your family in the UK.
- The true costs are likely to be considerably higher, and you
must be able to supplement these allowances in order to support any family members who come to the UK with you.
How To Apply
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- 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.