Apply for a Pre-doctoral Research Training Fellowship at The Epilepsy Foundation of America

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The Epilepsy Foundation awards grants and fellowships for cutting-edge research into the causes of epilepsy.  Program goals include understanding basic mechanisms, developing new therapeutic approaches, understanding the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of having epilepsy, and encouraging the professional development of scientists and healthcare professionals. The purpose of the Pre-doctoral Research Training Fellowship is to support pre-doctoral students with dissertation research related to epilepsy.  Applications from all fields of research pertinent to epilepsy will be considered.

This fellowship provides one year of support for qualified individuals who are pursuing dissertation research with an epilepsy relevant theme, and who are working under the guidance of a preceptor with expertise to supervisein the area of epilepsy investigation.  The fellowship carries a stipend of up to $20,000 ($19,000 for stipend and $1,000 to support travel to attend the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society).  The number of awards granted each year is contingenton available funds.

To be eligible to apply for a Pre-doctoral Research Training Fellowship, an applicant must:
1.      Be matriculating in a full-time doctoral (Ph.D.) program with an academic career focus.  Areas of interest considered include, but are not limited to neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, biochemistry, genetics, nursing, or pharmacy;
2.      Have a defined dissertation research project;
3.      Have a qualified preceptor with expertise to supervise and provide guidance on the aspects of the research related to epilepsy;
4.      Have access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed research project.

The Epilepsy Foundation supports research within the United States and its territories only.  Recipients of the fellowships must agree to comply with all relevant policies and guidelines of the Epilepsy Foundation.

U.S.citizenship is not required; however, research must be conducted in the U.S.

Applications from women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are evaluated based upon the scientific quality of the proposed dissertation research project, statement regarding relevance of the proposed work to epilepsy, the applicant’s qualifications, the preceptor’s qualifications, adequacy of facility, and the quality of the training environment for research related to epilepsy.

Epilepsy Foundation Support
Successful applicants receive up to $20,000 over the twelve-month period of the award.  This includes up to $19,000 as stipend plus $1,000 to support travel to attend the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society.  Quarterly payments are made to the institution for direct salary expense of the fellow and AES meeting travel costs ONLY. Travel must be conducted during the funding period.  Submission of scientific and financial reports, no later than 30 days after completion of project, is a requirement.

Support from other Sources An applicant may not apply for, use, or accept Foundation funds for a research project or part of a project already supported by the Foundation or supported by funds from another public or private source.  Accordingly, full disclosure of all available and pending funds for research support must be made in the fellowship application.  If funds from other sources become available to the applicant during the review or tenure of a Foundation research fellowship, the Principal Investigator must inform the Foundation in writing.  The Foundation and its advisors will then make a decision about the continuation of the research award.


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