MISF Du Pré Grants for Multiple Sclerosis researchers from Developing countries


The MSIF Du Pré Grant enables MS researchers and clinicians from emerging countries to make short visits (under six months) to established MS research centres, outside their own country. During the visit, participants either gain expertise or carry out parts of joint research projects. This benefits care for people with MS and supports collaborative research. Following the award, we expect applicants to use the newly developed expertise and networks, and continue MS research and/or clinical practice in emerging countries. Two of the annual awards are supported by Stichting MS Research (the Dutch MS Research Foundation).


Each grant is likely to be between UK £2,500 and £4,500, to a maximum of £6,000. The funds are intended to go towards travel and living costs, or to top up an existing grant to extend a visit.


  • be educated to post graduate level in an area relevant to multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • be citizens of an emerging country (all countries with a low, lower middle or upper middle income as defined by the World Bank)

  • focus their research in an area relevant to MS


Before nomination, candidates need to have identified a suitable project and discussed their involvement with the project supervisor of the host institution outside their own country. Candidates are encouraged to identify a suitable host institute and supervisor to develop their project proposal before applying.

Candidates are expected to return to their own countries at the end of the study period where they will contribute to advancing care and research in MS.

The grant may also be used as a supplement for work related to MS by a candidate who has been accepted for training in a recognized institute (within the six months prior to nomination) but who doesn’t have enough money to cover the total cost.