Commonwealth Medical Fellowships (Enhancing Clinical Skills)
Commonwealth Medical Fellowships (Enhancing Clinical Skills) are offered to doctors and dentists from developing Commonwealth countries to enable them to spend between three and six months at a UK hospital undertaking a programme designed to enhance their clinical skills. These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
Purpose and tenure
The primary aims of Commonwealth Medical Fellowships are for Medical Fellows to learn a new medical or dental skill, to practise the new medical or dental skill, and to network with others in the same and related specialties. The secondary aims are for Medical Fellows to participate in the academic activities of the host organisation, and to conduct small-scale research projects.
Awards are tenable at any approved UK university hospital, for between three months and six months. A minimum of 4 months is recommended.
Nominations for Commonwealth Medical Fellowships are invited from specific developing country universities. These universities are responsible for advertising the fellowships to their staff and selecting candidates to be nominated to the CSC.
Each year, the CSC invites each nominating university to forward a specific number of nominations. Each nominating university is responsible for its own selection process and in most cases they will set their own closing date, which will be before the CSC’s deadline for nominations (17 December 2014).
Terms and conditions and eligibility
- Commonwealth Medical Fellowships 2015 prospectus – includes full terms and conditions (please note in particular the eligibility criteria)
Applications are considered according to the following selection criteria:
- Academic merit of the candidate
- Quality of the application
- Likely impact of the work on the development of the candidate’s home country
See Selection criteria for 2015 Commonwealth Medical Fellowships for further details.
You may also find the Feedback for unsuccessful candidates in 2014 useful.
How to apply
All applications must be made through a nominating university in your home country. You must check with them in the first instance for specific advice on how to make an application and for their own closing date.
All Commonwealth Medical Fellowship candidates must submit their application form using our Electronic Application System (EAS).
Full help on how to apply using the EAS is provided in our guides, which should be read in full before making any attempt to use the EAS.
The EAS will close to all applicants on 3 December 2014 and no further applications can be submitted after that date.
How to access the EAS
Please note that all enquiries about these fellowships should be directed to the nominating university in your home country.