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Fellowships to USA Ph.D. Students for Mentor-Guided Research on Epilepsy

Predoctoral Research Fellowships

GrantWatch ID# 162832
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
American Epilepsy Society (AES)

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/12/23 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA Ph.D. students working on a dissertation related to epilepsy. Funding is intended to support mentor-guided research into the causes and treatments of seizures, epilepsy, and related disorders. Fellows will receive a stipend as well as travel support and complimentary registration to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. Fellowship recipients will also receive a complimentary one-year AES membership.

Supplementary Training Grant

Applicants to the Predoctoral Research Fellowship have the option of applying for an additional supplementary training award to attend a high-quality training course or conference that will supplement the training received during their award. Virtual or in-person training opportunities may be considered. Applications for this supplemental support must be submitted alongside the Predoctoral Research Fellowship application but will not affect the likelihood of receiving an award.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Applicants must:
1. Be matriculating in a full-time doctoral (PhD) program in a field relevant to epilepsy research.
2. Have a defined research plan and access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed project.
3. Have a qualified mentor(s) with expertise to supervise and provide guidance on the specific aspects of epilepsy-related research targeted in the proposal. The mentor must not also be serving as the primary mentor for any other applications for early career grants to AES and must not be submitting a Junior Investigator Research Award (see Application Policy #2 above).
4. Have not previously been awarded an AES Predoctoral Fellowship.
In addition:
5. U.S. citizenship is not required; however, all research must be conducted in the U.S.
6. Applications are encouraged from women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities

Application Policies:
1. Prior unfunded applicants may reapply, but all applications will be treated as new submissions.
2. Only one application may be submitted from a given laboratory to the AES early career grant programs. Specifically, an individual may not serve as the primary mentor for more than one application across all mentored award programs. Similarly, an individual may not apply for a Junior Investigator Research Award and also be listed as the primary mentor on a proposal for a mentored award. If more than one application is submitted from a single laboratory (as reflected by the primary mentor or investigator) across the early career programs (Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Research & Training Fellowship for Clinicians, Junior Investigator Research Awards, and Epilepsy Study Consortium Mini-Grants), only one of those proposals will be reviewed.
3. More than one application may be submitted from a single institution, but final funding decisions will take into account a preference to limit multiple awards to one institution.

Pre-Application Information
Proposals are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, January 12, 2023.

Important Dates for Applicants
- September 2022: Application submission opens through ProposalCentral
- January 12, 2023: Full proposals due
- May 2023: Award notifications sent out
- July 1, 2023: Earliest award start date. Start may be delayed up to three months.

Number of Grants
The number of awards granted each year is contingent upon available funds.

Estimated Size of Grant
The fellowship award offers up to $30,000 with $29,000 for stipend and and/or benefits, $1,000 to support attendance at the AES annual meeting, as well as one year of complimentary AES membership and registration for the AES annual meeting.

Term of Contract
July 1, 2023: Earliest award start date. Start may be delayed up to three months.

Contact Information
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