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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International Emerging Investigators for Research Training in the Field of Multiple Sclerosis

Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

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

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International emerging investigators for research training related to multiple sclerosis. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to applying. The program is intended to support the training of fellows with doctoral, medical, or equivalent degrees in studies on the topic of MS. Support will be given for salaries, and research activities may include fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care, and rehabilitation.

The Society seeks to attract and train promising young investigators and doctors into the field of MS by supporting the training of postdoctoral fellows in studies related to MS in its efforts to end MS forever. To be considered for funding, all projects must show relevance to the Society’s research priorities. (See

The Society offers Postdoctoral Fellowship Grants to unusually promising recipients of M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degrees when it appears that the program of training to be supported by the grant will enhance the likelihood that the trainee will perform meaningful and independent research relevant to MS in the future, and obtain a suitable position which will enable them to do so.

The fellowship is for salary support only. The proposed postdoctoral program should emphasize opportunities for new research training and broadening scientific competence of the applicant.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Previous Training: Applicants with 0-36 months of previous postdoctoral training at the time of the application submission deadline may apply for this award. Applicants must hold, or be candidates for, an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree; however, it is expected that doctoral candidates will have completed their degree before the anticipated award start date. A fellowship will not be activated for a doctoral candidate until the Society has received written notification from a university or professional school that an appropriate doctoral degree has been awarded. The Society will consider applications from individuals with more than 36 months experience on a case-by-case basis. Individuals seeking such consideration should contact the Society.

Citizenship: U.S. citizenship is not required for applicants who desire training in institutions in the United States. However, applicants who plan training in other countries must be U.S. citizens. Applicants may submit dual applications to governmental granting agencies and other non-profit funding agencies.

Mentor and Institution: It is the responsibility of the applicant to make all arrangements for the proposed training with an appropriate mentor and institution, prior to formal application. Institutions, except in unusual circumstances, are the official recipients of grants made for the support of specific research by the principal investigator. The recipient institution may be in any country permitted under United States policies and must be a non-profit organization. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for research funding from local sources.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards are not made to applicants seeking continuing support for the completion of an on-going research project or to those in a training program leading to a degree.

Non-Research Activities: Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded to support training in research and are not intended to support clinical training directed toward the completion of internship and/or specialty board certification or as a substitute for funding the conduct of research ordinarily provided by research grants. Similarly, postdoctoral fellowships cannot be used to provide support for individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and/or service, although fellows are allowed to spend up to ten percent of their time in teaching or clinical duties, if appropriate.

Funds may not be used to offset any tuition or ther similar fees. Purchase of personal computers is not an allowable expense.

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 online portal 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.

A letter of support from the mentor must be submitted together with the proposal. In addition, three letters of recommendation must be submitted online

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

If a postdoctoral fellow obtains an independent position or its equivalent after initiation and completion of a majority of the fellowship award period, but before the termination of the awarded fellowship period, remaining funds from the fellowship award may be carried over to the new position as an independent National MS Society research grant. The conversion of an award cannot be made without prior approval in writing by the Society. If the conversion to a research grant is approved, it is expected that the fellow will continue the previously approved research plan.

Estimated Size of Grant
The salary levels requested for each year of the fellowship award must be based on the Society’s stipend scale (see Supporting Documents below). Institutions may not modify the salary schedule to provide support less than the Society’s stipend scale. However, institutions may supplement the fellow’s salary.

An institutional allowance of $7,850 per year may be requested to help institutions defray the costs of
providing the fellow’s training, e.g. insurance, fringe benefits, etc..

Term of Contract
Fellowship support will not be provided for more than three years.

Contact Information
To register and apply online:

For more information, please contact:
Anna T. Lampe, 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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