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Fellowships to USA Medical Residents to Support Training in Multiple Sclerosis Research

Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowships


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Important Dates
LOI Date: 08/09/23
Deadline: 08/16/23 5:00 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA qualifying medical residents to support research training related to multiple sclerosis. Applicants must register in the online system and submit a pre-application prior to a full application. The purpose of the program is to train individuals with MDs and equivalent medical degrees under the tutelage of an established investigator in the key elements associated with conducting MS clinical trials.

With the increasing number of new therapies being developed for use in MS, there is a need for physicians trained in conducting clinical trials. To this end, the Society established the Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowship Program, named in honor of its founder. Clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of therapies for multiple sclerosis are highly complex and require special expertise and knowledge to monitor this highly variable disease.

It is the intent of this program that the individual with an MD or equivalent medical degree will acquire formal training, under the tutelage of an established investigator, in a broad range of key elements associated with conducting clinical trials in MS. These may include design of study protocols, recruitment of patients, power calculations, randomization procedures, use of controls, identification of appropriate inclusion and exclusion criteria, identification of primary and secondary outcome measures, maintenance and assessment of blinding, informed consent, safety monitoring and evaluation, and data access and statistical analysis. These elements must be integrated in the plan of training. 

The proposal must provide documentation that:

  • The clinical fellow will be actively trained in multiple ongoing MS clinical trials, preferably at various phases to provide exposure to the recruitment stage through data analysis.
  • A formal curriculum appropriate for clinical trial training, including courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, or other related courses is available at the institution and will be part of the fellowship experience. Although it is not required, the review committee looks favorably on a training plan that includes the completion of a Master’s degree in clinical research or another related research topic.

To be considered for funding, all projects must show relevance to the Society’s research priorities. See Research Funding Principles and Priorities:

A list of funding principles can be found at:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Previous Training: Individuals must have received a MD or equivalent medical degree from an accredited institution and must be licensed to practice medicine in the United States prior to starting their fellowship. Residents who have or will have received training in one of the medical specialties relating to multiple sclerosis, and who are entering their final year of residency or beyond at the time of the application deadline, are eligible to apply.

Residents who have or will have received training in neurology or physiatry in the United States, and who are in the PGY3 or PGY4 stage or beyond, are eligible to apply.

Citizenship: There is no citizenship requirement; however, the individual applying for the award must be licensed to practice medicine in the United States at the time of application.

Activities and Time: Clinical fellowships are awarded to support training in clinical trials and are not intended to support the completion of internship and/or specialty board certification. Similarly, this clinical fellowship cannot be used to provide support for individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and/or clinical service. It is expected that supervised training in the clinical evaluation and treatment of MS patients will be obtained as part of the fellow’s involvement in clinical trials. Fellows may spend up to 10% of their time in teaching or other clinical duties, if appropriate, unrelated to the specific aims of the fellowship.

Mentor and Institution: Proposals may only be submitted by medical institutions in the United States where investigators are actively engaged in MS clinical research and where ongoing MS clinical trials are being conducted. The mentor’s expertise must be established by previous participation in well-designed clinical trials in MS.

Pre-Application Information
- Pre-Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 9, 2023
- Full Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 16, 2023

To submit a proposal for research support, investigators must first register with the Apply Online site and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-application to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to the Society's goals.

Before submitting an application, a candidate must arrange for appointment to an appropriate U.S. institution and acceptance by a mentor who will oversee the training. The application must be endorsed by the applicant’s proposed mentor and the head of the department in which the training will be received. A plan of training must be formulated and agreed on by the mentor and the applicant, and described in detail in the application.

Each applicant must agree to a phone interview by a member of the Review Committee on Fellowships or its designee.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $75,000 per year may be requested for salary, fringe benefits and/or tuition costs. These funds may be allocated in any proportion in each of the award years as agreed upon by the fellow, mentor and the institution.

Term of Contract
This award may be made for a period of up to three years.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For more information, please contact:
Walt Kostich, PhD

MSGrants Troubleshooting:
- Phyllis Motta
- Caryn Knutsen

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
733 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-3288
(212) 986-3240

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