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.

The ISN thanks its sponsors for their involvement in ISN Fellowships: the Detlef Schlöndorff Fund; The Ravi Mehta AKI Fellowship Fund, Elsevier; IPNA; the Indian Society of Nephrology; the Asia Pacific Society of Nephrology; Kidneys for Life; the Schrier Fund.

ISN aims to raise awareness of its Academy and what it can provide to young doctors with limited previous exposure to nephrology.

Fellowship Foundation Course

Applicants interested in a 12-month clinical training are required to complete the Fellowship Foundation Course on the ISN Academy and get the certificates of completion. It includes modules on AKI, GFR, Glomerular Diseases, Dialysis and CKD. This is an eligibility criteria to the ISN Fellowship Program.

Fellowship Online Components

In addition, all selected ISN Fellows are required to participate in courses on the ISN Academy during their hands-on training at their host center, to complement their learning. A curriculum of shortlisted ISN Academy resources will be provided to successful ISN Fellows that will need to complete during their hands-on training, depending on their area of interest (i.e. clinical nephrology, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, pediatric nephrology, renal pathology, etc).

ISN Regional Training Centers

The ISN has selected 21 ISN Regional Training Centers to provide in-depth specialized training to improve patient care in different regions of the world.

Applications to train at one of the ISN Regional Training Centers will be given priority consideration by the ISN Fellowship Committee.

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.

Before you apply, please read the guidelines carefully. 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.

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.
First NameLast NameTraining TopicHome CountryHost CountryHost InstitutionDurationSponsor
Ahmad NaseerKaihanClinical NephrologyAghanistanIndiaMGM Healthcare12 monthsDetlef Schlöndorff Fellowship Fund
AkosuaAsomaningClinical NephrologyGhanaSouth AfricaStellenbosch University12 monthsThe Schrier Family
AlphonseNdayambajeClinical NephrologyRwandaIndiaChristian Medical Center12 monthsIndian Society of Nephrology
Anani AmenTEVIClinical NephrologyTogoFranceCHU Bordeaux12 monthsSchrier Fund - Otsuka
Azhar AliKhanTransplantationPakistanUnited KingdomRoyal Free London NHS Foundation Trust12 months
Boikobo VeronicaKesenogileClinical NephrologyBotswanaSouth AfricaUniversity of Cape Town12 monthsSchrier Fund - Amgen
HabibUllahTransplantationPakistanUnited KingdomBarts Health NHS Trust London6 months
HudaaAkrabiTransplantationTanzaniaSouth AfricaUniversity of Cape Town12 monthsSchrier Fund - Salmasi Family
Mary JovetteAbitangPediatric NephrologyPhilippinesAustraliaChildren’s Hospital Westmead12 monthsAPSN
Nurul ZaynahNordinCritical Care NephrologyMalaysiaUnited KingdomGuy's and St Thomas Hospital London12 monthsRavi Mehta AKI Fellowship Fund
OaitseWallyAcute Kidney InjuryBotswanaSouth AfricaRed Cross Memorial Childrens Hospital12 monthsIPNA
OnexTon-AiméAcute Kidney InjuryHaitiColombiaFundación Valle del Lili12 monthsIPNA
PunitChhajedPediatric NephrologyIndiaCanadaAlberta Children's Hospital12 months
Rizza AntoinetteSoClinical NephrologyPhilippinesAustraliaRoyal North Shore Hospital12 monthsAPSN
Shady Yousef GayedYousefTransplantationEgyptUnited KingdomManchester Royal Infirmary12 monthsKidneys for Life
VenkatramMurugesanInterventional NephrologyIndiaS. KoreaSeoul St. Mary's6 months
WitnessLubombaChronic Kidney DiseaseTanzaniaIndiaSt. John's National Academy of Health Sciences12 months

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

The Fellowship Program is supported by an unrestricted educational grant by Janssen.
Janssen

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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