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Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) Program

Fellowships to USA Scientists for Medical
Research to Improve Clinical Care in Nephrology

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Kidney Fund (AKF)

Deadline Date:

11/20/17 Receipt


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Fellowships of up to $80,000 per year for up to two years to USA clinical scientists to support nephrology research and improve health care services for kidney patients. Fellows will receive training in medical skills while conducting prevention and outcomes research that will be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Funding shall be used principally to support the candidate and his/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 $50,000) 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. Such areas of study will be primarily in the non-biological sciences and will include disciplines in public health and preventive medicine, in the humanities, and in the social and behavioral sciences. Examples are ethics, health services, health policy and administration, medical decision science, epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology.

AKF will give special consideration to projects relating to clinical ethics, quality of care, and quality of life. The exploration of new fields of study that bear on the improvement of clinical care in nephrology is encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159588

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum level of funding is $80,000 per year, plus up to $50,000 for fringe benefits.

Term of Contract:

If awarded, funding will begin July 1, 2018 and go through June 30, 2019. Fellowships have a maximum duration of two years.

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. If you have already completed 3 or more years of a nephrology fellowship, please contact the AKF to clarify your 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, or excessive lab expenses and will typically not fund expenditures for technical or clerical personnel.

Pre-Application Information:

The application for the 2018-2019 Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Program is now available. Completed applications must be received by November 20, 2017.

The AKF Selection Committee will review all applications and proceed to a preliminary ranking in January 2018. The top candidates will be interviewed in January and the successful candidate(s) will be notified in February 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

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

Ph: 800.638.8299

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