Emerging Leaders

ISN Emerging Leaders Program

The ISN-ELP provides early-career professionals in integrated kidney care the opportunity to work with international experts in the field to become qualified for a leadership role in the advancement of global kidney care.

Intending to build a global talent pool of future leaders, the ELP welcomes ISN members interested in shaping the direction of kidney health to ensure health promotion and access to prevention, control, and management of kidney diseases.

The ISN-ELP is a collaborative initiative bringing together outstanding individuals to work on collective projects to impact the kidney health agenda worldwide.

The ELP offers participants guidance in:

  • principles of entrepreneurship, advocacy, and communication;
  • implementation science and research;
  • evaluation, development, and management of health systems;
  • developing and implementing evidence-informed policy;
  • influencing stakeholders including policymakers, funders, implementers and the media.

The ELP provides the opportunity to

  • Join a global network that positively impacts the kidney health agenda worldwide through collaboration and multidisciplinary research;
  • Learn to be heard and effect change at local and international levels;
  • Access continuous professional development to take on leadership roles locally and globally.

Please note that this is not a research funding grant program.

Emerging Leaders’ countries of residence:

Listen to the reasons why you should apply to the program by members of ELP cohort 2021.

Listen to the reasons why you should apply to the program by Dr. Robert Kalyesubula, member of ELP cohort 2021

Listen to the reasons why you should apply to the program by Dr. Viviane Calice-Silva, member of ELP cohort 2021.

Listen to the reasons why you should apply to the program by Dr. Elliot Koranteng Tannor, member of ELP cohort 2021

Eligibility Criteria

  • Talented and motivated early-career professionals less than 10 years out of residency or training (no age limit) with commitment to the improvement of global kidney health using a collaborative approach
    • Early career academics (MD and/or PhD) as defined by being at the Fellow/Instructor/Assistant Professor level or equivalent
    • From civil society, non-academic healthcare and the private sector interested in collaborative approach for improving kidney health
  • Candidates from all countries;
  • Applicant must be a member of ISN or willing to join ISN.

The ISN particularly encourages renal pathologists to apply to the program.

The next application round will be in autumn 2025. The application platform will be open a few months before the deadline.


Masaomi Nangaku
ISN President

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Vivekanand Jha
Chair and ISN Past-President

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Rumeyza Kazancioglu


Roberto Pecoits Filho


Sunita Bavanandan


Maria José Soler


Rolando Claure-Del Granado


Alessia Fornoni


Gavin Dreyer
(United Kingdom)

Invitation to Partner

The ISN invites organizations to partner on this global initiative aimed at recognizing excellence and developing leaders.

As a partner, you will:

  • Be seen as a supporter of global leadership development in kidney care.
  • Be recognized as a supporter by the next generation of leaders in kidney care and network with initiators in the field.
  • Help ISN in advancing its vision of a future where all people have equitable access to sustainable kidney health.


Program support: $30,000/year

Program Supporters

Supported by unrestricted educational grants by AstraZeneca, Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim & Lilly.

If you have any questions, please contact elp@theisn.org