Commonwealth Medical Fellowships

Deadline: 15 November 2016
Open to: Commonwealth citizen, refugee, British protected person, permanently resident in a developing commonwealth country
Scholarship: 1,594 British Pound per month


UK Department for International Development (DFID) is offering Commonwealth Medical Fellowships. These fellowships are available for mid-career medical staff from developing countries to spend between three and six months at an approved UK university hospital, learning or improving a specific clinical skill. The purpose is to provide mid-career medics with the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills, and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.

These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), with the aim of contributing to the UK’s international development aims and wider overseas interests, supporting excellence in UK higher education, and sustaining the principles of the Commonwealth.


  • Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person;
  • Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country;
  • Be employed by a hospital affiliated to a university;
  • Be nominated to the CSC by an eligible institution;
  • Be available to start your fellowship in the UK on 1 October 2017;
  • Have qualified as a doctor between 1 October 2007 and 30 September 2010, or before 1 October 2002;
  • Have met the English language requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC) by 31 May 2017;
  • The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange. Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates;
  • Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.


  • Approved airfare from your home country to the UK and return at the end of your award;
  • Research support grant, payable to your host university hospital;
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of 1,594 British Pound per month, or 1,977 British Pound  per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area;
  • Reimbursement of the fee for a single English language test and the fee for General Medical Council (GMC) registration;
  • Arrival allowance;
  • Study travel grant towards the costs of approved travel within the UK or overseas;
  • If applicants are widowed, divorced, or a single parent, child allowance of £448 per month for the first child, and £110 per month for the second and third child under the age of 16, if applicants are accompanied by their children and solely legally responsible for them. The level of financial support provided through family allowances is under review and subject to change in both eligibility and rate.

How to Apply?

  • Applicants must apply to a nominating body in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these fellowships;
  • Selected universities/medical colleges/university bodies are invited to nominate members of staff at affiliated hospitals;
  • All applications must be made through their nominating body in their home country;
  • Applicants must make their application using the CSC’s Electronic Application System (EAS);
  • Applicants are advised to complete and submit their application as soon as possible;
  • Applicants must send the following supporting documentation to be received by the CSC by 6 January 2017 in order for your application to be eligible for consideration: References from at least two individuals

For more information please see the official calls of the Scholarship.

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