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Predoctoral Research Fellowships

Fellowships to USA Predoctoral Students
for Mentor-Guided Research Related to Epilepsy

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Fellowships of up to $30,000 to USA predoctoral students working on dissertation research and studying with a mentor who is an expert in epilepsy-related topics. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to submission of a full application. Funding is intended for a full range of basic, clinical, and translational epilesy-relevant research into the causes, treatment, and consequences of epilepsy and the implementation of epilepsy management.

The fellowship award offers up to $30,000, with $29,000 for stipend and/or benefits, $1,000 for travel support to the AES Annual Meeting, and one year of complimentary AES memberhips and registration for the AES annual meeting.

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

Research and training plan
- The research plan must address a scientifically significant problem in epilepsy research, for example as framed by the 2014 NINDS Benchmarks for Epilepsy Research or the Institute of Medicine 2012 research recommendations around public health for epilepsy research.
- There must be a strong scientific premise, i.e. the quality and strength of the prior research used as a basis for the proposed research question. Please refer to NIH guidelines for more clarification.
- The research project must be well-conceived, with rigor in experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of results. It should include clear hypotheses and potential alternative outcomes, consider key biological variables like gender, and include authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources, if appropriate, as defined by the NIH guidelines on rigor and transparency.
- The proposed research should include a data-sharing plan. While not required, it can provide added value to the work.
- The proposed research project and training plan must provide mentoring and experiences that will benefit the applicant’s career development in terms of scientific knowledge, research, and professional skills.
- There must be a specific plan for the applicant to receive formal training, beyond the proposed research, in methodology appropriate for their field of research, such as courses in experimental design and statistics, drug discovery and development, clinical research, or seminars/grand rounds/workshops relevant to the proposed field of research.
- There should be specific plan for the applicant to attend national scientific meetings or workshops (especially the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting) and/or participate in appropriate networking activities.

The research facilities, resources, and training opportunities should be adequate and appropriate, including faculty capable of productive collaboration with the candidate. The environment for scientific and professional development of the candidate must be of high quality.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162832

Estimated Size of Grant:

Successful applicants receive up to $30,000. This includes up to $29,000 as stipend and $1,000 for travel support plus complimentary registration to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society. Fellowship recipients will also receive a complimentary one-year AES

Term of Contract:

Twelve months. The earliest award start date is July 1, 2019. Start date may be delayed up to 3 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Predoctoral Research Fellowship applicants must:
-Be matriculating in a full-time doctoral (Ph.D.) program in a field relevant to epilepsy research.
-Have a defined research plan and access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed project.
-Have a qualified mentor(s) with expertise to supervise and provide guidance on epilepsy-related research. A single laboratory can submit only one proposal across all AES early career grant programs.
-Have not previously been awarded an American Epilepsy Society or an Epilepsy Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.
- U.S. citizenship is not required; however, all research must be conducted in the U.S.
- Applications are encouraged from women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.

Evaluation criteria:
- The applicant must have the potential and commitment to develop as an independent and productive epilepsy researcher.
- The applicant's academic record and research experience must be of high quality.
- The mentor's research qualifications must be appropriate for the proposed fellowship.
- There must be (1) evidence of a match between the research interests of the applicant and the mentor (including an understanding of the applicant’s research training needs) and (2) a demonstrated ability and commitment of the mentor to assist in meeting these needs.
- There must be evidence of an outstanding track record in training by the mentor, including evidence of training outcomes that suggest the research training provided by the mentor will foster a successful research career outcome for this applicant.

Pre-Application Information:

- November 1, 2018: Concise LOI submission opens through proposalCENTRAL
- December 20, 2018, 5:00 PM: Concise LOI submission deadline
- January 8, 2019: Applicants invited to submit full proposals, following eligibility screen
- January 31, 2019: Full proposals due
- May 2019: Award notifications sent out
- July 1, 2019: Earliest award start date. May be delayed up to 3 months

No applications, nor any parts of or updates to the application, will be accepted if submitted after the deadline or if sent directly to AES offices by electronic or U.S. mail.

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