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Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) Program

Fellowships to USA Scientists for Medical Research
and Clinical Care Study in Nephrology

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Funding Source:

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American Kidney Fund (AKF) - Professional Education Department

Deadline Date:

11/22/19 Receipt


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Fellowships of up to $80,000 to USA clinical scientists for research in nephrology and kidney patient health care. Funding is intended to support salary, training, and equipment expenses of first and second year fellows who have completed their residency in Pediatric or Internal Medicine.

The goal of the American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) fellowship program is to improve the quality of care provided to patients with kidney diseases and to promote clinical research in nephrology. This goal is achieved by enhancing the training and education of nephrologists who desire to pursue an academic career and whose primary professional commitment is to scholarship in the provision of patient care. Awardees conduct prevention and outcomes research and receive advanced education in essential skills such as medical ethics, biostatistics and epidemiology.

Funding shall be used principally to support the candidate and his or her career development. This sum is expected to cover the individual fellow's salary (which will follow NIH Guidelines according to the post-graduate year plus comparable fringe benefits at the institution, not to exceed $55,000) as well as training-related expenses. These may include expenditures for enrollment in academic courses, computer hardware and software, and support for research, clerical supplies, and travel expenses (maximum of $2,000 per year) as required by the plan of studies and justified in the budget outlined in the application.

Successful candidates will identify an area of knowledge broadly applicable to Clinical Nephrology in which they will develop expertise and conduct research resulting in publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Such areas of study will be primarily in the non-biological sciences and will include disciplines in public health and preventive medicine, humanities, and in social and behavioral sciences. Examples are Bioethics, Health Services Research, Health Policy and Administration, Medical Decision Science, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Health Economics. AKF will give special consideration to projects relating to clinical ethics, quality of care and quality of life. The AKF encourages the exploration of new fields of study that bear on the improvement of clinical care in nephrology.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159588

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum level of funding of $80,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

If awarded, the first year’s funding will begin July 1, 2020 and proceed through June 30, 2021.

The maximum duration of each fellowship is two years. Second year funding is not automatic and is dependent on approval of the first year’s progress report.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Acceptable candidates for Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Program are individuals who:

- Have completed a residency in Internal Medicine or Pediatric Medicine
- Are qualified to sit for the American Board of Internal Medicine or Pediatric Medicine
- Are in the process of completing or have completed at least one year of training in Clinical Nephrology in an accredited U.S. program
- Can demonstrate an aptitude for and a commitment to developing special expertise in an area of knowledge applicable to Clinical Nephrology
- Intend to pursue a professional career with emphasis on the provision of care to patients with kidney disease, preferably within the confines of an academic medical center where they will be exposed to continued learning and teaching
- Can secure the support of their training program in the pursuit of these goals

Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowships are not intended as a fellowship-to-faculty transitional award. Preference will be given to applicants in their first or second year of fellowship. Faculty members or individuals who will be receiving other funding are not eligible.

The American Kidney Fund will not provide support for institutional overhead expenses, patient care costs, excessive lab expenses, and will typically not fund expenditures for technical or clerical personnel.

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Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be received by November 22, 2019. The AKF CSN Selection Committee will review all applications and proceed to a preliminary ranking in January 2020. The top candidates will be interviewed in January and the successful candidate(s) will be notified in February 2020.

First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact AKF should they have questions regarding their eligibility, research, or other aspects of the application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail or email the completed application with all required documents to:

American Kidney Fund
Professional Education Department
11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852

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