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The ISN Fellowship program provides relevant and contemporary nephrology training to physicians from emerging countries, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards of care in the Fellows' home countries upon their return and to help them become leaders in their fields.


Download the detailed Fellowship Guidelines
If you satisfy all criteria, you can register and create your application.

Deadline for submission: May 1st and October 1st every year.

Our Partners

ISN works hand in hand with a number of partner organizations, encouraging intra-regional trainings and enhancing training possibilities in some specific fields of nephrology. These partners are listed on the right column of this page.

About Fellowships

ISN Fellows receive hands-on training in advanced host institutions, allowing them to acquire state-of-the-art knowledge in basic and clinical nephrology, dialysis, transplantation, and epidemiology. The training focuses on providing the exact skills and knowledge specifically required by the home institution.

The program offers two types of Fellowships:

  • Long term training (7–12 months)
  • Short term training (2–6 months)

The guiding principle of the program is that Fellows are required to return to their home countries after their training to convey knowledge and experience that they acquired during their Fellowship, thereby teaching countless young physicians and providing critical enhancement to kidney disease care in their local communities. A recent survey indicated that upon completion of training and return to their home countries, over 80% of the fellows are now in positions in local academic centers with direct impact on clinical care and teaching.

Over the past two decades, the ISN Fellowship Program has served as an effective vehicle for conveying knowledge, skills, experience and opportunities to younger renal physicians from less privileged parts of the world. Over 700 nephrologists from low and middle income countries have received invaluable training, thanks to the Fellowship Program.

ISN is now launching the ISN Reverse Fellowship

The ISN Reverse Fellowship is for young nephrologists from well-resourced settings willing to go to a low or middle income country (LMIC) for a limited period of 12 months to train the clinical staff onsite through direct mentorship. Please create an account on this website and select Reverse Fellowship to apply.

Special Fellowships

UHN EXPLORE Home dialysis

The ExpLoRe home dialysis program aims to provide practical and hands on learning for Nephrologists who are planning to implement and grow their home dialysis programs at their local institution. Please find additional information at
Please apply on the Home Dialysis website first, before applying for an ISN Fellowship grant.

ISN-Kidneys for Life Fellowship

For young nephrologists willing to train at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, United Kingdom. Candidates are requested to contact Ms Irene Chambers ( in order to establish a training plan and then apply on the ISN website for an ISN Fellowship Grant.

ISN Heartlands Fellowship

For young Indian nephrologists willing to train at the Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Candidates are requested to contact Dr Indranil Dasgupta ( in order to establish a training plan and then apply on the ISN website for an ISN Fellowship Grant.

ISN-HKSN Fellowship

For young Chinese Nephrologists willing to apply to train in one of the Hong Kong centers listed below. Candidates are requested to contact the hospital of their choice in order to establish a training plan and agreement. When the candidates contact the Host Centers in Hong Kong, the 2 recommendation letters should be available for the Center’s consideration and for the training plan.

Selected centers in Hong Kong:

Prince of Wales Hospital
Prof. Philip K.T. Li:

Queen Mary Hospital
Dr. Sing Leung Lui:

Princess Margaret Hospital
Dr. Kwok-lung, Matthew Tong:

Chinese candidates are of course still eligible for training in a center of their choice through the regular ISN Fellowship Program.