Commonwealth Medical Fellowships

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:

  1. Science and technology for development
  2. Strengthening health systems and capacity
  3. Promoting global prosperity
  4. Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  5. Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  6. Access, inclusion and opportunity

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Eligibility
Terms and conditions
Selection process
How to apply
Enquiries

Eligibility

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 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
Bangladesh
Belize
Botswana
Cameroon
Dominica
Eswatini
Fiji
The Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
India
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Malaysia
Mauritius
Montserrat
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
St Helena
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Tanzania
Tonga
Tuvalu
Uganda
Vanuatu
Zambia

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

Selection process

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

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 06 April 2020 at the latest.

Supporting documentation: You must provide the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (BST) on 27 April 2020 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration:

  • Proof of citizenship or refugee status; 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)

The CSC will not accept supporting documentation submitted outside the online application system.

You can view a read-only paper of the application form before you access the online application form below.

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Enquiries

If you have any queries about applying for a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship, please visit the CSC’s Contact us page. We will not use your email address for any purpose other than responding to your enquiry.

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