Commonwealth Medical Fellowships

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Grant amount: £5,000 - £12,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 15, 2018

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Working Professional

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: United Kingdom

Location of residency: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belize Expand all

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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 is 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.

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.

All applications must be made through your 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. 

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


  • To apply for these fellowships, you must:
    • 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 15 May 2017
    • Selected universities/medical colleges/university bodies are invited to nominate members of staff at affiliated hospitals.
      • In Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka, through the national University Grants Commission
      • In Pakistan, through the Higher Education Commission  
    • The CSC promotes equal opportunity, gender equity, and cultural exchange.
      • Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.


  • Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of candidates.


  • Fellows are expected to participate in clinical practice during their 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.
  • The CSC will not offer Commonwealth Medical Fellowships to dentists from 2017 onwards. 
  • the CSC does not accept direct applications for these fellowships.
    • You must apply to a nominating body in the first instance.