The Commonwealth Medical Fellowships 2020 in the UK are now opened for participants from mid-career medical staff from low and middle-income countries, to improve their clinical skills. The commonwealth grants around 800 scholarships and fellowships for graduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year.
The main aim of this fellowship program is to deliver mid-career medics with the opportunity to improve their clinical skills and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most admired international scholarship systems in the world. Since it was recognized in 1959, 35,000 persons have held a Commonwealth Scholarship or Fellowship – 27,000 of them were funded by the UK government, through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC).
COMMONWEALTH MEDICAL FELLOWSHIPS 2020 Details:
- United Kingdom
- Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID)
These UK 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
Each fellowship provides:
airfare from your home country to the UK
- Research support grant, payable to your host university hospital
- Stipend (living allowance) £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)
- Repayment 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 £466 per month for the first child, and £114 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
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
- Have an academic appointment in an eligible Commonwealth country at one of the medical schools recognized by the World Directory of Medical Schools. For more information, visit the World Directory of Medical Schools website.
- Be 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. For more information, visit the World Directory of Medical Schools website.
- Have met the English language requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC) by 31 August 2020. For more information on GMC requirements, visit the GMC website.
- 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.
You will be expected to participate in clinical practice during your fellowship, and to register with the General Medical Council (GMC). If your proposed program does not require this registration, your application will be considered ineligible.
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 first by the CSC’s Medical Awards Administrator, 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
- All applications for the Commonwealth Medical Fellowships 2020 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:
HOW TO APPLY