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About the Nuffield Dominions Trust (NDT)

Lord Nuffield gave the Nuffield Medical Benefaction to the University in 1936, under a Deed of Trust. This charitable fund is used “to promote the progress of medical knowledge by co-operation between the Medical School of the University of Oxford and such of the Universities of the Dominions of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as provide facilities for Medical Research”.

The fellows are non-clinical biomedical scientists or clinical academics. These fellowships support research programmes of major importance.

About the Fellowship

The Nuffield Medical Fellowship is available to two out of three countries (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) every year on rotation. Fellowship Allowance is made within the Clinical Lecturers’ scale (A67, Stage 6), paid monthly in arrears and are liable to United Kingdom income tax. The nominating countries for the particular round, runs a recruitment campaign to decide on the best candidate from their country. Applicants should have graduated from one of the universities of the nominating country and should either hold a medical qualification obtained in the home country or have appropriate research experience. Medical Sciences Divisional Office, University of Oxford receives a very detailed recruitment report, which includes the shortlisting & interview process, media used for advertising, number of applicants by ethnicity etc. The Medical Sciences Divisional office administers the fellowship, from writing to the counties who are eligible to nominate, obtain required approvals including approval from the Vice Chancellor of University of Oxford, arrange for the Fellow to come over, assist with Visa if needed, process any reimbursements and manage the leaving process. The Fellowship is tenable for a period for two years in the first instance, with the possibility of an extension for a third and final year. The Fellows are offered to read for a higher degree, if they choose to. One of the terms of the fellowship is that on completion of the fellowship, the fellow is required to return to their home country at least for three years to continue with work of a like nature as that carried out by them during the period of this award.

The fellows are required to submit a bi-yearly one page report on their progress and a final report which will be presented to Nuffield Medical Trustees during the meetings.

Forthcoming Nominating Countries

2017/18 – New Zealand & South Africa

2018/19 – South Africa & Australia

2019/20 – Australia & New Zealand          

For any questions or clarifications on the Nuffield Medical Fellowships, please contact Ms Vida Wong at or 01865 - 221675. 

Financial Arrangements of the scheme

Download summary of Financial Arrangements (pdf)