Foundation / Corporation
American Kidney Fund (AKF)
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.
The institution must operate an accredited training program in nephrology or pediatric nephrology. Successful sponsoring institutions will be those that have access to comprehensive clinical and research facilities, and where a well-developed scholarly environment exists. The chief/head of the program must certify the candidate’s credentials, capabilities and program of study adhere to the following criteria:
- CSN fellow devotes 100% of their time to the fellowship.
- Continued exposure of the Clinical Scientist to the clinical practice of nephrology in a scholarly environment is considered part of this fellowship experience. Ongoing clinical exposure should take up at least half a day but not more than one day per week for the duration of the fellowship.
- A collaborative effort with faculty members at the same or other institutions who can offer reasonable guarantees of availability and dedication to the training of the Clinical Scientist in their specific area of study. One of these faculty members (the Primary Mentor) will accept primary responsibility for the overall supervision of this component of the fellowship. The overall strength of the application will depend critically on the nature of the collaboration and supervision provided by the Primary Mentor responsible for instruction of the candidate in the clinical research area of study.
- An assurance that the appropriate supervision will be provided to maintain the quality of training, and that yearly progress reports detailing the Clinical Scientist’s performance in the clinical and research areas will be submitted to the institution’s Quality Control Committee and to the American Kidney Fund.
GrantWatch ID#: 159588
The maximum level of funding of $80,000 per year.
If awarded, funding will begin July 1, 2019, and go through June 30, 2020.
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.
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. Applicants who have already completed 3 or more years of a nephrology fellowship should contact the AKF to clarify their eligibility prior to applying. 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.
The completed application for the 2019-2020 Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Program must be received by November 30, 2018. These may be emailed or mailed to the American Kidney Fund. (For a complete list of letters/statements to be included with the application, see the application form listed below in Supporting Documents.)
The AKF Selection Committee will review all applications and proceed to a preliminary ranking in January 2019. The top candidates will be interviewed in January and the successful candidate(s) will be notified in February 2019.
Only one application from pediatrics and one from adult medicine from each program will be accepted.
Applicants should direct all inquiries to the Professional Education Department.
A Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship may be granted yearly.
The sum (portion of funding awarded) covering an individual fellow's salary may not exceed $55,000.
All recipients of the fellowship are required to present their research findings to the AKF Board of Trustees during their training as Clinical Scientists. In addition, they will participate in AKF/CSN-related activities during their fellowship and continue to engage with AKF upon their fellowship completion.
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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