Grants and Funded Fellowships

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Research Education (R25) Program for Residents and Fellows in Neurology and Neurosurgery
(Please see Dr. Oyesiku at least 1 year in advance of beginning research)
Emory University has been awarded a Research Education (R25) grant from the NINDS, effective March 1, 2009. This competitive award was initiated to boost the pipeline of clinician-investigators in neurology and neurosurgery and address the long-term trend of declining numbers of residents choosing these academic careers. The PIs are Krish Sathian, MD, PhD (Neurology) and Nelson Oyesiku, MD, PhD (Neurosurgery). The grant will allow a research education experience to one Neurology and one Neurosurgery resident each year, to be complemented by a continuation of the participants’ research education during subsequent fellowship training. Participants are selected for their research promise. A key component of the research education will be mentored laboratory or clinical research under the supervision of an experienced mentor. The participants will also have the benefit of a mentor team comprising 1-2 members in addition to the primary mentor, and close supervision by the PIs. At least one member of the mentor team will be a clinician-investigator. The participants will also be able to take advantage of additional educational resources, including courses in research design and analysis, grant-writing and research ethics, and elective courses tailored to their specific needs. At the completion of training, it is anticipated that the participants will be competitive for career development awards such as an NIH K award, and thus accomplish the goal of fostering the development of clinician-investigators in neuroscience.

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award F32 
The purpose of this individual postdoctoral research training fellowship is to provide support to promising Fellowship Applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) Fellowship
Established by the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in 1983, the Research Fellowship provides training for neurosurgeons who are preparing for academic careers as clinician investigators. Applicants must be MDs who have been accepted into, or who are currently in, approved residency training programs in neurological surgery in North America. The Fellowship is offered as a two-year commitment, totaling $70,000 or a one-year grant of $40,000. Applications related to any field of neurosurgery are encouraged. The NREF encourages both patient-oriented clinical research and basic science research projects.

American College of Surgeons Resident Research Scholarships
The American College of Surgeons is offering two-year resident research scholarships. Eligibility for these scholarships is limited to the research projects of residents in surgery or a surgical specialty. These scholarships are supported by the generosity of Fellows, Chapters and friends of the College to encourage residents to pursue careers in academic surgery.

CNS Cushing Fellowship 
The CNS Cushing Fellowship is a clinical observation fellowship meant to assist neurosurgeons in the acquisition of clinical skills in a field of neurosurgery other than spine surgery. The fellowship is open to all neurosurgical residents and fully trained neurosurgeons at any stage of their career in the United States, Canada or Mexico. The fellow will spend three to six months in formal training under the direction of a specific sponsor on a defined clinical research project as relevant to topics in neurosurgery. A specific clinical research proposal is required. The amount of support will depend on the location and duration of the fellowship. Budget support of up to $25,000 is available. Detailed budget justification and an account of expenses incurred following completion of the fellowship are required. Residents will not be paid extra salary support that is already covered by the clinical residency program. In addition to the budgeted expenses, the CNS will extend complimentary CNS Annual Meeting registration.

CNS Wilder Penfield Fellowship 
The CNS Wilder Penfield Fellowship is meant to assist neurosurgeons in obtaining formal training or experience in clinical or translational neurosurgical research. The fellowship is open to all neurosurgical residents and fully trained neurosurgeons at any stage of their career in the United States, Canada or Mexico. The fellow will spend 6-12 months in formal training under the direction of a specific sponsor to acquire expertise in the techniques of clinical or translational investigation as relevant to topics in neurosurgery. The amount of support will depend on the location and duration of the fellowship. Budget support of up to $40,000 is available. Detailed budget justification and an account of expenses incurred following completion of the fellowship are required. Residents will not be paid extra salary support that is already covered by the clinical residency program. In addition to the budgeted expenses, the CNS will extend complimentary CNS Annual Meeting registration.

CNS Dandy Fellowship 
The CNS Dandy Fellowship is meant to assist neurosurgeons in obtaining formal training or experience in clinical research in a field of neurosurgery other than spine surgery. The fellowship is open to all neurosurgical residents and fully trained neurosurgeons at any stage of their career in the United States, Canada or Mexico. The fellow will spend three to six months in formal clinical training under the direction of a specific sponsor. The amount of support will depend on the location and duration of the fellowship. Budget support of up to $25,000 is available. Detailed budget justification and an account of expenses incurred following completion of the fellowship are required. Residents will not be paid extra salary support that is already covered by the clinical residency program. In addition to the budgeted expenses, the CNS will extend complimentary CNS Annual Meeting registration.