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Fellowships to USA Physicians for Training in Specialized Clinical Care for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Care Physician Fellowship


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EMD Serono and Sanofi Genzyme
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 08/09/23
Deadline: 08/16/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of $75,000 to USA physicians for professional training in clinical care for patients with multiple sclerosis. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full application. Residents who have or will have received training in neurology or physiatry in the United States in the treatment of adults or children are eligible to apply. The Society encourages applications from individuals who plan to work in rural areas or treat underserved populations.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers a one-year, post-residency MS clinical fellowship program designed to train board-eligible and certified neurologists or physiatrists in specialized MS clinical care. The program is sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Applicants who will spend the majority of their time in either adult or pediatric MS care are encouraged to apply. 

This 12-month program provides fellows with the opportunity to perform new patient consultations and follow-up evaluations under the supervision of an MS specialist physician. Fellows will also participate in multidisciplinary team activities, lectures, and professional meetings, leading to the acquisition of skills and knowledge necessary to provide the highest quality of care for individuals with MS.

The applicant and mentor are expected to propose a program that involves direct, supervised MS patient care, with other activities that will expose the applicant to a multidisciplinary healthcare team and didactic activities. The focus of this fellowship is clinical care. 

After completing the fellowship program, the fellows will have acquired the skills and experience necessary to develop into physicians who:

  • Provide high-quality, state-of-the-art, comprehensive clinical care to patients with MS
  • Become an active participant and future leader in the MS clinical community

Within two years of the fellowship experience, the fellows are expected to:

  • Establish or join an active MS clinical practice in the United States
  • Volunteer with the Society (e.g., as a member of the local Healthcare Provider Councils or Board of Trustees, as an advocacy activist, or as a speaker at a patient or professional education program, etc.)
  • Actively participate in related professional associations

For specific information about the pediatric care fellowship, see:

For specific information about the adult care fellowship, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Hold an MD or DO degree (or equivalent)
- Be licensed to practice medicine in the United States
-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
- There is no citizenship requirement.

-For adult care applicants: Residents who have or will have received training in neurology or physiatry in the United States and who are entering their final year of residency or beyond at the time of the application deadline are eligible to apply.

-For child care applicants: Residents who have or will have received training in pediatric neurology or physiatry in the United States and who are entering their final year of residency or beyond at the time of the application deadline are eligible to apply.

Grant funds may not be used for facilities and administration costs (F&A). This includes but is not limited to administrative support staff, purchasing, accounting, financial record keeping, or laundry and maintenance services. With the exception of some training programs, funds may not be used to offset any tuition or other similar fees or dues to organizations such as federations or societies. No funds shall be budgeted as “contingency funds” except by special arrangement with the Society. Unless prior approval in writing has been obtained from the Society, expenditures are likely to be disallowed for items that were not specifically included in the budget of the award.

This is not a research-focused fellowship.

Pre-Application Information
- Pre-Application Open (rolling approval within two business days): Opens mid-May 2023
- Pre-Application Deadline: 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 9th, 2023
- Application Deadline: 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 16th, 2023

Once the pre-application is approved, usually within two business days, applicants will receive an automated message from MSGrants and will be able to begin the preparation of the full application. In some cases, Society staff may send the pre-application back for clarification or changes before final approval.

Applicants will be notified by email of their status, generally in November.

- All clinical fellowship applicants must agree to participate in an interview with a member of the Society’s Clinical Training Programs Committee.
- The Society discourages the submission of more than two applicants (including adult and pediatric applicants) to this program from an individual institution and/or mentor within the same deadline.

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Estimated Size of Grant
The stipend offered is $75,000, payable to the institution, to cover the fellow’s salary, fringe benefits, and administrative costs.

Term of Contract
This fellowship is for a period of 12 months, starting July 1. Successful applicants who applied in their final year of residency are expected to begin their fellowships following completion of their residencies.

Although the MS Clinical Care Physician Fellowship program is intended to provide a single year of clinical training, current clinical fellows may apply for an additional year of adult or pediatric clinical fellowship training but must provide a clear plan that describes the need, purpose, and expected outcomes for the additional year of fellowship training.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For more information, please contact:
Hope Nearhood,

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

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