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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Fellowships to USA Postdoctoral Trainees
for Mentor-Guided Research Related to Epilepsy

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American Epilepsy Society (AES)

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Deadline Date:

01/31/19 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Fellowships of up to $50,000 to USA qualified postdoctoral fellows conducting research in the field of epilepsy. Prior to submitting a full grant application, an LOI must be submitted. Funding is intended to support postdoctoral trainees conducting basic, translational, or clinical research into the causes, treatment, and consequences of epilepsy and the implementation of epilepsy management under the guidance of a mentor with expertise in epilepsy research. 

Applicants for the postdoctoral fellowship have the option of applying for an additional travel award to attend a high-quality training course or conference to supplement the training received during their award. Priority will be given to opportunities for hands-on training experiences.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184916

Estimated Size of Grant:

The fellowship award offers up to $49,000 for stipend and/or benefits, $1,000 for travel support to the AES annual meeting, as well as one year of complimentary AES membership and registration for the AES annual meeting. The number of awards granted each year is contingent upon available funds.

The American Epilepsy Society will offer additional travel awards of $2,000-$4,000 for a limited number of awardees of AES early career funding programs selected for a start-date in 2019.

Term of Contract:

The award term should be July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020. However, a delay of up to 3 months (beginning no later than October 1, 2019) in the start date is permitted if necessary.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants will:

1. Hold an M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., PharmD, RN, or equivalent degree.
2. Be a postdoctoral fellow at an appropriate institution before the start date. Researchers with nonindependent faculty positions such as Instructor, Adjunct Professor, Research Assistant Professor, or Nontenure Track Assistant Professor may apply if they are working under the supervision of a primary investigator but are strongly encouraged to outline a clear plan for transition to independence. Researchers with appointments at the level of Associate Professor are not eligible, nor are graduate, medical students, medical residents, permanent government employees, or employees of private industry.
3. Have a defined research plan and access to institutional resources to conduct the proposed project.
4. Have a qualified mentor(s) with the expertise to supervise and provide guidance on the specific aspects of epilepsy-related research targeted in the proposal. A single laboratory can submit only one proposal across all AES early career grant programs (see Application Policy #2 above).
5. Have not previously been awarded an AES or Epilepsy Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.
In addition:
6. U.S. citizenship is not required; however, all research must be conducted in the U.S.
7. Applications are encouraged from women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities.

All entities that receive funding from the American Epilepsy Society must adhere to the following principles:

1. Animals shall be used in biomedical research only when no other means of obtaining scientifically sound, valid, and useful results are available.
2. The minimum number of appropriate animals required to obtain and validate results shall be used.
3. The acquisition, care, and use of animals must be in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
4. Certifications must be received from research facilities prior to being approved for a research fellowship that the facility(s), its researchers, and employees adhere to the Animal Welfare Act and the National Research Council Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals; and any appropriate U.S. Department of Agriculture or National Institutes of Health regulations and standards must be followed.
5. In cases requiring the death of an animal, only the most appropriate and humane form of euthanasia shall be used consistent with the purpose of the research.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines and award dates:

- November 1, 2018: Concise LOI submission opens through proposalCENTRAL
- December 20, 2018: Concise LOI submission deadline at 5:00 pm Eastern Time
- 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

Applications for the travel award must be submitted at the same time as the full application for an AES-early career award listed above under eligibility criteria (deadline January 31, 2019). Application instructions for the travel award will be made available through proposalCENTRAL after an applicant receives approval of their letter of intent (Due December 20). For more travel grant information:

Only applicants who have submitted an LOI and receive approval are eligible to submit a full grant application.

New in 2018 – no research & training plan is requested for the letter-of-intent (LOI). LOI will be evaluated solely for the applicant’s eligibility for the grant mechanism.

An individual may only serve as the primary mentor for one application submitted for a mentored award. 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.

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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit Letters of Intent (LOI) and proposals online:

For technical difficulties with proposalCENTRAL, please contact their help desk: or
1-800-875-2562 (toll-free US & Canada)

For application questions and the review process, contact Susan Fargo:

Executive Office
135 South LaSalle Street
Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60603

Tel: 312-883-3800
Fax: 312-896-5784

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