Message from CEO of Merck Foundation, Senator Rasha Kelej, on announcing Call for Application for Scholarships for doctors in critical and underserved specialties for Africa and Developing countries.

I am excited to announce the Merck Foundation ‘Call for Application’ for Scholarships in critically underserved specialties for Africa and Developing countries.

Online Courses List 2022:

How to Apply: Applications are to be submitted to:

Last Date to apply: 31st December’ 2021

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

  • All Merck Foundation scholarships are provided to nationals of African Countries, Developing countries, and underserved communities as per the World Human Development Index list of Developing countries. Refer to the link:
  • Merck Foundation Scientific Committee and Scientific Committee of Academic Partners will focus on African countries with a special focus on French-speaking and Portuguese speaking and SIDS (Small Islands Developing State), with the aim to build healthcare capacity and transform patient care in the public sector which is under pressure due to its limited resources. Therefore, requests from Ministries of Health (MOH) or Medical Societies are preferable. In case of individual requests, a recommendation letter from MOH or Medical Societies of these countries will be required to indicate your country’s gap in the specific specialty and the objective of improving access to equitable and quality patient care in your community is identified and fulfilled.
  • Moreover, Merck Foundation Scientific Committee will take into consideration in the selection process the following factors when it is needed: The Human Development Index, Population and number of eligible applications received from each country, and number of scholarships that have been already provided to each country in such specialties.
  • Moreover, Merck Foundation plans to offer English courses to candidates applied from French and Portuguese speaking African countries and also to Latin American countries, to give them an equal opportunity to benefit from the online specialty training which is provided only in English (List of Online courses given above).
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  • In case of in-campus Clinical Training Scholarship provided in India, such as Fertility and Embryology Training and Oncology Fellowship, interpreters will be provided to non-English speaking scholars throughout their training program.
  • Ministries of Health and Medical Societies of African and Developing countries can submit requests to:

Merck Foundation may require a Financial statement to prove the monthly income – One-month Salary/ Payslip or Salary Statement or 3 months Bank statement, for official purposes.

Kind regards,
Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej
CEO of Merck Foundation
One of 100 Influential African Women (2020 & 2021)

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