Research Fellowship Program
The Research Fellowship Program of the American Brain Foundation is focused on one critical need that crosses all disciplines: the need to recruit and train clinical researchers in neurology.
The scientific and medical communities have called the shortage of investigators a crisis that will impact far more than the 50 million Americans currently suffering from a neurological disease.
Recognizing this critical need for neurology research, the American Brain Foundation has dedicated its grant making efforts toward investing in young researchers.
NIH funding for neurologic research has remained the same for the last four years and competition for NIH funds has intensified. The increase in AAN's fellowships have kept the dream alive for many of our young clinician-researchers.
For several years in a row, AAN fellowship recipients have gone on to receive NIH funding at record levels. AAN fellowships are the first step to a broader base of support.
The American Brain Foundation has identified and developed several funding mechanisms to help achieve this goal:
- Clinical Research Training Fellowships are mentored awards designed for relatively new investigators in the early-to-mid stages of their training in clinical research methodology.
- Clinician-Scientist Development Awards are three-year awards to support clinical research leading to discovery of new therapies in specific disease areas.
- Practice Research Training Fellowships are two-year awards to support training in clinical practice research and are intended to create unique training opportunities, previously difficult to access for neurologists.
- AHA/ASA/ABF Lawrence M. Brass M.D. Stroke Research Postdoctoral Fellowships are two-year awards to support a postdoctoral fellow with a preference for trainees in vascular neurology, stroke, neurocritical care, or outcomes research.
The AAN is committed to recognizing the hard work and research that our award and fellowship recipients have completed.
Award and fellowship recipients from the past have gone on to achieve accredited academic standing at their respective institutions or have gone on to receive additional funding to further support their research.
Every dollar donated matters—every dollar is appreciated. The AAN has been able to continually fund clinical research fellowships through the generous donations by individuals to support research.
These specific opportunities are designed to complement and enhance funding offered by the National Institutes of Health, the single best source of funding for experienced independent investigators running their own labs.