Commonwealth Medical Fellowships 2019 in UK
  • Fully Funded

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.

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Purpose: To provide mid -career medics with the opportunity to enhance their clinical skills, and to have catalytic effects on their workplaces.

Intended beneficiaries:  Mid-career medics working in teaching hospitals affiliated to universities in low and middle-income Commonwealth countries.

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

The fellowships will develop the clinical skills that will improve health provision or outcomes for disadvantaged groups in low and middle-income countries. It is expected that the beneficiary will disseminate the skills and knowledge gained on return home.

Medical Fellowships are intended to provide access to specific skills/expertise that is not easily obtained in the applicant’s home country. Applications clearly demonstrating this will be looked upon favorably.

Awards are tenable for a 4-6 month period at any approved UK university hospital.


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Each fellowship provides:

  • Approved airfare from the applicant’s home country to the UK and return at the end of his/her award (the CSC will not reimburse the cost of fares for dependents, nor usually the cost of journeys made before the award is finally confirmed)
  • Research support grant, payable to the host university hospital
  • Stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,656 per month, or £2,055 per month for those at university hospitals in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2018-2019 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 the applicant is 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 he/she are accompanied by his/her children and they are living with them at the same address in the UK


To apply for these fellowships, the applicant 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 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 the fellowship in the UK in January 2020
  • Have qualified as a doctor before 1 October 2004
  • 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) within 2 months of being notified that you have been provisionally selected for an award.
  • The selected applicant will be expected to participate in clinical practice during the fellowship, and to register with the General Medical Council (GMC). If his/her proposed programme does not require this registration, his/her application will be considered ineligible.
Eligible Regions: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia.

Application Process

  • One must make his/her application directly to the CSC using the CSC’s online application system. The 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.
  • Supporting documentation deadline: the applicant must provide the following supporting documentation by 16:00 (BST) on 28 May 2019 in order for his/her application to be eligible for consideration:
    • Copy of his/her valid passport (or national ID card) showing his/her 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 the applicant’s primary medical degree – uploaded to the online application system
    • Academic reference from the Head of his/her 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)
    • Endorsement by the Dean of the Medical School at which he/she has the academic appointment confirming his/her academic appointment submitted directly by the Dean to the online application system (the Dean will be sent an email request)
    • Supporting statement from a proposed supervisor in the UK university hospital – submitted directly to the CSC (supervisors will be sent an email request)
  • In the application, the applicant is expected to obtain agreement from one UK Supervisor (Medical Consultant) from a UK university hospital that he/she thinks is the most appropriate to host the fellowship, and to explain his/her reasons. The applicant should also provide evidence of agreement to host the fellowship from his/her chosen university hospital. Candidates selecting institutions outside London will get priority over candidates selecting institutions in London. This is because they 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.

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

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Application Deadline: May 13, 2019

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