Fellowships

ISN Fellowships

The ISN Fellowships give physicians from disadvantaged parts of the world the opportunity to pursue essential nephrology training abroad to advance kidney care in their home region.

These fellows become leaders in their field, training colleagues and setting up new services to improve local care.

Since 1985, over 800 nephrologists from 100 low-resource countries have received valuable training through ISN Fellowships.

COVID-19 Update:

The ISN continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Given current travel restrictions, shifting priorities of healthcare institutions, and overall impact of the outbreak, ISN is postponing its fellowship grant competition deadlines in October.

ISN remains committed to building kidney health equality around the world through education, training, advocacy, and research. We will continue to adapt our response to this unprecedented situation as it evolves. Stay tuned!

In the meanwhile, visit our ISN Academy. It hosts an extensive mix of over 8,000 pieces of multilingual presentations, guidelines, cases articles and webinars, offering a reliable source to develop skills and knowledge in nephrology.

Fellowships & Application Process

General ISN Fellowships have two separate application rounds per year: May 1 and October 1. Applications are open to ISN members from low or middle-income countries.

Applications are reviewed by the ISN Fellowship Committee.

If you fit all the criteria, head to the ISN Fellowship Portal and complete the application form.

The ISN Reverse Fellowships are for young nephrologists from well-resourced settings prepared to go to a low-resource country for 12 months to teach and train the clinical staff onsite through direct mentorship.

Register online and complete the application form. Applications are reviewed by the ISN Fellowship Committee.

Pediatric Nephrology:

  • ISN-Alder Hey Paediatric Nephrology Fellowships

    This fellowship is for young nephrologists who wish to train in pediatric nephrology at the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
    Learn more about eligibility and applying on the ISN Fellowship portal.

  • The ISN partners with the IPNA to support pediatric nephrology training. Apply via the General ISN Fellowship application (above) for pediatric training at any other institution

The ISN proposes a variety of exceptional fellowship opportunities in collaboration with various partners and institutions:

Dialysis:

  • ISN-UHN ExpLoRe Home Dialysis Fellowships

    The ISN-ExpLoRe Home Dialysis Program aims to provide practical and hands-on learning at the Toronto University Health Network for nephrologists who are planning to implement and grow home dialysis programs at their local institution.
    Learn more about eligibility and applying at http://www.explorehomedialysis.com/

  • ISN-CREED Fellowships

    The ISN-CREED Fellowship Program aims to promote the exchange of dialysis and nephrology knowledge through education and training across South East Asia and the Oceania region. Learn more about eligibility and applying on the ISN Fellowship portal.

  • Candidates may also apply to train in dialysis in the region and institution of their choice through the General ISN Fellowship.

Country/Regionally-Specific Fellowships

China:

  • IACN-ISN-HKSN Scholarship
    This scholarship is for young nephrologists living and working in China who plan to train in clinical nephrology. The International Association of Chinese Nephrologists (IACN), ISN, and Hong Kong Society of Nephrology (HKSN) have partnered to provide 3-month scholarships in China or Hong-Kong.
    Learn more about eligibility and applying on the ISN Fellowship portal.

United Kingdom:

  • ISN-Kidneys for Life Fellowships

    This fellowship is for young nephrologists willing to train at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, United Kingdom.
    Learn more about eligibility and applying on the ISN Fellowship portal.

  • The ISN also partners with Kidney Research UK and the UK Renal Association to support fellows training in the UK. Candidates can apply for these fellowships through the General ISN Fellowship application above.
  • ISN-Heartlands Hospital Fellowships

    This fellowship is for young nephrologists from South Asia interested in training at the Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, United Kingdom, for a period of 6 to 12 months.
    Learn more about eligibility and applying on the ISN Fellowship portal.

Latin America and the Caribbean:

  • The ISN partners with SLANH to support fellows from the Latin American region. Candidates can apply for this fellowship through the General ISN Fellowship application above.

South Asia:

  • ISN-Heartlands Hospital Fellowships

    This fellowship is for young nephrologists from South Asia interested in training at the Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, United Kingdom, for a period of 6 to 12 months.
    Learn more about eligibility and applying on the ISN Fellowship portal.

Oceania and South East Asia:

  • ISN-CREED Fellowships

    The ISN-CREED Fellowship Program aims to promote the exchange of dialysis and nephrology knowledge through education and training across South East Asia and the Oceania region. Learn more about eligibility and applying on the ISN Fellowship portal.

  • The ISN also partners with the APSN, ANZSN, and Indian Society of Nephrology to support fellows from the Asia Pacific region. Candidates can apply for these fellowships through the ISN General Fellowships Application above.

The ISN works hand-in-hand with several partner organizations, encouraging intra-regional collaborations and enhancing training and education possibilities in selected fields of nephrology.

Fellowship Program Partners

Endowment and Donation Funds

ISN-Schrier Fellowships Fund

In acknowledgment of the considerable contributions made by the Schrier and Salmasi families, Otsuka and Amgen, the ISN has established funding opportunities in their honor awarded to outstanding candidates selected by the ISN Fellowship Committee.

List of ISN Fellows funded through the Schrier Fund as of May 2020

ISN-Detlef Schlöndorff Fellowship Fund

The ISN has established a special fellowship fund in honor of Detlef Schlöndorff, MD, who passed away in October 2019.

To honor and sustain Detlef’s commitment to training fellows, ISN invites donations to the Detlef Schlöndorff Fellowship fund, which provides training to one physician per year.

Donations can be made via PayPal. If you would like to donate by check or wire transfer, please contact the ISN Fellowship Program Coordinator, Thomas Jacob, by email at fellowship@theisn.org.

The ISN wishes to thank donors for their generous gifts toward the fund so far:
List of donors to the Detlef Schlöndorff Fellowship Fund

ISN-Ravi Mehta AKI Fellowship Fund

The Ravi Mehta Acute Kidney Injury Fellowship Fund was set up in collaboration with Ravi Mehta’s friends and colleagues in recognition of his leadership, and to honor his contribution to global health and education.

To support one Fellow per year, ISN invites financial contributions to the Ravi Mehta AKI Fellowship.

Donations can be made via PayPal. If you would like to donate by check or wire transfer, please contact the ISN Fellowship Program Coordinator, Thomas Jacob, by email at fellowship@theisn.org.

The ISN wishes to thank donors for their generous gifts toward the fund so far:
List of donors to the Ravi Mehta AKI Fellowship Fund

If you are interested in supporting the ISN Fellowship program, please contact us via the contact section below.

For all inquiries on the Fellowship Program, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator at fellowship@theisn.org.

The Fellowship program is supported by the ISN Fellowship Committee.

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