This Discovery Foundation Award was first introduced in 2013 in partnership with the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). MGH is a clinical service and biomedical research facility and is the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School based in Boston in the United States.
The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award is aimed at helping to develop the next generation of leaders in academic and clinical medicine in South Africa. The award provides support for mid-career clinical specialists committed to pursuing a career in academic medicine through a fellowship programme that links medical scientists based at South African medical schools, with leaders in clinical science at this world-class medical institution in the United States.
The grant enables a talented specialist clinician and aspiring leader to experience the specialist clinical service and research environment at MGH and to conduct cutting-edge clinical research in collaboration with colleagues at the hospital.
The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award is valued at R2.1 million over a one-year period. It gives recipients an opportunity for a medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital for face-toface supervision and to gain exposure to the hospital’s research environment.
We invite applications from clinical medical specialists who want to undertake a period of study at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Consideration will be given to medical specialists who have a demonstrated commitment to a future career in academic medicine by starting their Master’s or PhD degree studies in any field of clinical medicine.
Evidence of academic promise and the potential for acquiring new skills,knowledge and expertise that may be transferred to South Africa will guide the selection
The award may be used to support advanced clinical or leadership training or research in areas that will benefit the development of healthcare in South Africa.
The selected applicant will receive financial support for one year.
Preference will be given to applicants in the scope of BEE.
Please note: Short-listed applicants must be available for an interview, if required.
The applicants must have South African citizenship or permanent residency.
The applicants must be registered, or eligible for registration, as medical specialists with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Applicants must submit the following documents:
Please note: All communication to MGH must go through the office of Dr Vanessa Kerry, Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health. Email Dr Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 September 2018 and submit all application documents. This is to determine if MGH is able to accommodate the successful applicant and match them to a supervisor.
The fellowship will carry a stipend for the successful applicant that will be based on the salary they received at the institution where they are based in South Africa as well as the cost of living in Boston
The grant will include the costs of economy class airfares for the successful applicant to and from the United States
Consideration will be given to covering the travel costs of the successful applicant’s partner, and children (up to the age of 18 years) for one return trip between South Africa and the United States
Successful applicants who do not complete the course of study or publish research for which they received funding, may be required to refund the Discovery Foundation in full or by an amount specified by the Discovery Foundation.
Step 1: Communicate with Dr Vanessa Kerry at MGH to explore the feasibility of the residency period.
Step 2: Submit the final application to the Discovery Foundation if MGH confirms space is available.
Successful applicants are required to provide mid-term and end-ofprogramme reports, which should include both a narrative and financial report. The submitted reports must also include a report from the relevant supervisor at MGH.
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