Commonwealth Medical Fellowships

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Grant amount: £5,000 - £12,000

Anticipated deadline: May 21, 2019 3:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Research Scientist Doctor

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: Bangladesh; Cameroon; Gambia; Ghana; India Expand all

Location of citizenship: Bangladesh; Cameroon; Gambia; Ghana; India Expand all

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NOTE: You must apply to one of the following nominating bodies in the first instance – the CSC does not accept direct applications for these fellowships:

  • Selected universities/medical colleges that are invited to nominate members of staff at affiliated hospitals.
  • In Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, the national University Grants Commission
  • In Pakistan, the Higher Education Commission

All applications must be made through a nominating body in your home country. Each nominating body is responsible for its own selection process. You must check with your nominating body for their specific advice and rules for applying, and for their own closing date for applications.


The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship  schemes for international study in the world. Since it was established in 1959, around 34,000 individuals have benefited – 26,000 of them have held awards funded by the UK government, managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC). The CSC’s Secretariat is provided by the Association  of  Commonwealth  Universities (ACU), which  is responsible  for all matters concerning selection, academic studies, and evaluation.

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.

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 universities or affiliated teaching hospitals in developing Commonwealth countries.

Commonwealth Medical Fellowships are offered under one of the CSC’s six themes:

  •  Science and technology for development
  • Strengthening health systems and capacity
    • The fellowship will develop knowledge and/or skills that will improve health provision or outcomes for disadvantaged groups in low and middle income countries. A range of approaches could be adopted, such as training staff to fill critical shortage areas; establishing better systems, processes, or management; health promotion and improving understanding of non-take up; or developing new treatments.
  • Promoting global prosperity
  • Strengthening global peace, security and governance
  • Strengthening resilience and response to crises
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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
    • Be employed by a hospital affiliated to a university
    • Be available to start your fellowship in the UK on 1 October the year following application (e.g. 2019 for application deadline in 2018)
    • Have qualified as a doctor between 1 October then years prior to application year and 30 September seven years prior to application year (eg for 2018 application year: 1 Oct 2008 - 30 Sept 2011), or before 1 October fifteen years prior to application year (eg for 2018 application year, 1 Oct 2003)
    • 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 31 August in the year of application.


  • Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.


  • You will be expected to participate in clinical practice during your fellowship, and to register with the General Medical Council (GMC).
    • If your proposed programme does not require this registration, your application will be considered ineligible.