McDonald Fellowships 2023 Fully Funded

McDonald Fellowships are presently accepting applications. We will go through the details of this scholarship program, its benefits, and the application process step by step in this article.

McDonald Fellowships 2023 are international student scholarships that are fully funded. These scholarships are for master’s and doctoral students. The fellowship includes a two-year stipend of around £30,000 GBP per year to cover travel and living expenses, as well as a £2,000 GBP gift to the host institution each year.

Early-career multiple sclerosis researchers from low- and middle-income countries can apply for the McDonald Fellowship to work in a research institution outside of their home country. We anticipate that recipients will be able to use their newly acquired skills and networks to undertake MS research and/or patient care in low- and middle-income countries after receiving the grant.

Interesting Facts About McDonald

Richard and Maurice McDonald opened the first McDonald’s in 1940 in San Bernardino, California, as a restaurant. Today, McDonald’s is an American fast food company with locations all over the world. They renamed their business a hamburger stand and then transformed it into a franchise, with the Golden Arches logo first appearing in 1953 at a Phoenix, Arizona, location. Ray Kroc, a businessman, joined the company as a franchise agent in 1955 and went on to buy the McDonald brothers’ franchise. McDonald’s used to be headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, but in June 2018, the company moved its global headquarters to Chicago.

McDonald’s is the world’s most profitable restaurant chain, with over 69 million customers served daily in over 100 countries and 37,855 locations as of 2018. McDonald’s is most known for their hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and french fries, but they also provide chicken, breakfast, soft drinks, milkshakes, wraps, and desserts.

McDonald Fellowships
McDonald Fellowships

The company has introduced salads, fish, smoothies, and fruit to its menu in response to shifting consumer tastes and negative criticism over the unhealthiness of their meals. The McDonald’s Corporation makes money from sales in company-owned restaurants and from rent, royalties, and fees paid by franchisees. Two reports from 2018 say that McDonald’s has 1.7 million employees, making it the second-largest private employer in the world. (Walmart has 2.3 million employees). McDonald’s has the ninth-highest global brand valuation as of 2020.

McDonald Fellowships Highlights

  • Study Level: Masters, PhD
  • Institution: McDonald
  • Study in: Can be Neighboring country or the participant’s home country
  • Opportunity Focus Areas: Multiple Sclerosis
  • Program Period: Two years
  • Deadline: February 1, 2023


McDonald Fellowships will provide the recipient with the following benefits:

  • A fellow will be receiving £30,000 GBP per year living and travel expenses.
  • A fellow’s institute will be receiving £2,000 GBP.


To qualify for McDonald Fellowships, candidates must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • Required Language(s): English
  • Eligible Countries: International students from low or middle-income countries

All candidates must:

  • Be educated to post graduate level (at least MSc, preferably PhD/MD) in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis
  • Be citizens of a low- or middle-income country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank)*
  • Focus their research in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis

Candidates must also be in one of the following situations:

  • Working or studying in a low- or middle-income country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank) at the time of nomination
  • Working or studying in another country on a project which started within the six months prior to nomination
  • Studying in another country on a project supported by an MS International Federation grant

Candidates are expected to return to their own countries at the end of the study period where they will contribute to advancing care and research in MS.

The fellowship may also be used as a supplement for work related to MS by a candidate who has been accepted for training in a recognized institute (within the six months prior to nomination) but who doesn’t have enough money to cover the total cost.

We encourage potential applicants to think creatively together with their proposed hosts about potential solutions.

A project may be:

  • A) in a research institute/hospital abroad if travel permits (as in previous years)
  • B) in a research institute/hospital in your home country
  • C) a virtual project, either in full or in part with host institution mentoring*

The McDonald Fellowships are conditional on commencing no later than the end of 2023.

For more information, including assistance with identifying possible host institutions, please contact our research team using the contact us form, selecting “Research grants and awards”.

How to Apply?

Please follow the following application instructions to apply for McDonald Fellowships:

  1. Complete all sections of the online application form.
  2. The Host needs to provide a supporting statement at the end of the application*
  3. Add names and contact details of 3 referees, including the applicant’s current supervisor or employer
  4. Ask referees to submit reference letters to before the deadline

McDonald Fellowships FAQs

How does McDonald Fellowship work?

The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation has announced the fantastic McDonald Fellowships 2023 opportunity. Do you living in a low- or middle-income nation? Are you pursuing your education or working on the project in a low- or middle-income nation? Is the multiple sclerosis topic relevant to your field of study? so this McDonald Fellowship for you.

Does McDonald Fellowship is fully funded?

McDonald Fellowship is fully funded as given following points:
~ A fellow will be receiving £30,000 GBP per year living and travel expenses.
~ A fellow’s institute will be receiving £2,000 GBP.

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