The Mary McClymont Fund was established in recognition of Mary McClymont’s contribution to community nursing research and education. Mary had particular interests around community nursing in Africa and health visiting for older people. One of her major contribution was to the Council for Education and Training of Health Visitors (CETHV) and in particular to the Principles of Health Visiting which have remained largely unchanged since 1977.

From time to time the President and Trustees of ICCHNR make available funds to support community nurses from Low and Middle Income Countries to undertake a project or attend an ICCHNR or other conference.

In recognition of the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020 community nurses from LMIC countries are invited to apply for two scholarships of £500.

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020 Community Nurse Research Scholarships

The President and Trustees of ICCHNR welcome applications from community nurses who fulfil the following criteria:

  • The applicant is a practising registered community nurse and can provide evidence of registration in their country (or other evidence where there is no national registration body)
  • The applicant is a citizen of a country designated as a low or middle income country: https://wellcome.ac.uk/grant-funding/guidance/low-and-middle-income-countries
  • The applicant agrees to work with a mentor and provide a report every three months to the ICCHNR Management Group on progress with the project.
  • The applicant agrees to provide a final report to ICCHNR on the work which will be made available on the ICCHNR web site.
  • The applicant agrees to make the work public through diverse means of dissemination, including publication. The Mary McClymont Fund should be acknowledged in any such public dissemination.

Eligible Projects

  • Extended literature review
  • Evaluation and quality assurance
  • Participatory community engagement
  • Quality improvement
  • Service development and innovation
  • ‘Pump priming’


Applicants should send the following documents by email to Professor Pam Smith pam.smith@edu.ac.uk and Professor Sally Kendall s.kendall-608@kent.ac.uk by 17.00 GMT 31st July 2020:

  • A full Curriculum Vitae (resume) including name, address, and current work position
  • A proposal of a maximum of 2 sides of A4 in size 10 font that details the following:
    • Title of project
    • Name of applicant
    • Aim of the proposal
    • Background
    • Outline of the proposed work, including any methods or analytical techniques
    • Ethical issues if any
    • Expected outcomes including learning outcomes, development, patient outcomes etc.
    • Expected output including reports, publications, seminars, inventions etc.
    • Justification for funding
    • Outline of costs
    • Bank details to which payment should be made
  • Applications who do not follow these guidelines will not be considered, neither will applications received after 5pm GMT on 31st July 2020.
  • All applications will be reviewed, and successful applicants notified by 31st August 2020.
  • Successful applicants will be assigned a mentor who will support them during the project.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will also be informed and provided with feedback.
  • Payment will be by international BACS transfer.

Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 Mary McClymont Scholarship awards

ICCHNR is delighted to announce the award of the above scholarships to the following community nursing researchers from across Africa. Congratulations to all the awardees, we look forward to working with you on your projects!

Gillian Akoto Donkor, Ghana

Narratives on Family Dynamics in HIV/AIDS Care: The insider’s Perspectives.

Ellen Nkambule, Malawi

Interventions to Support Self-Management Among Adults Living with Insulin-Dependent Diabetes in Rural Lilongwe, Malawi: A pilot study.

Nomzamo Angeline Buthelezi, South Africa

Proxy-based medicine collection for elderly populations during the COVID-19 pandemic in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa