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The ISN Fellowship Program provides relevant and contemporary nephrology training to physicians from low resource 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.

BEFORE YOU APPLY, PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY: 

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 Fellowship

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 (3–6 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 800 nephrologists from low and middle income countries have received invaluable training, thanks to the ISN Fellowship Program.


Special Fellowships

IACN-ISN-HKSN Scholarships

For young Nephrologists living and working in China and looking for training in clinical nephrology. IACN, ISN and HKSN have partnered to provide 3-month scholarships in China or Hong-Kong. Applications are available in Chinese. Eligibility criteria:
•    You are under 45;
•    You are living and working in China as nephrologist or nephrologist in training;
•    Your Home Institution guarantees that you will be re-employed after the scholarship;
•    Your Host Institution is located in China or Hong-Kong. Applications for training overseas with a Chinese nephrologist as responsible supervisor will also be considered;
•    You have agreed on a suitable training plan with your Host Mentor, which reflects the skills and knowledge that are required by your Home Institution and you can implement on your return.

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

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.

This new initiative within the program is recruiting mid-to-senior level trainee from an established nephrology unit, who have a skill set in clinical nephrology, which will allow them to teach, train and practice nephrology in a low or middle income country.

Reverse Fellows can be at different stages of their training. Some seniors, ready to take a full-time consultant/attending role in their faculty, others may still have a few years of supervised training time ahead of them. The Reverse Fellow is well placed to establish and support further exchange visits both from fellow trainees or faculty/consultant members to the same low or middle income country, either on an ad-hoc basis or through an established ISN program (Sister Centers and/or Educational Ambassadors).

Please create an account on this website and select "Reverse Fellowship" to apply.
 

ISN-Kidneys for Life Fellowship

For young nephrologists willing to train at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, United Kingdom. Candidates are requested to contact Kidneys for Life (fundraiser@kidneysforlife.org) at the Manchester Royal Infirmary with the following 3 documents by February 1st for the May 1st deadline and by July 1st for the October 1st deadline:

  1. your CV;
  2. a letter of reference from your Home Mentor or Home Institution director;
  3. a personal statement of what you wish to accomplish during a training at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and how this training will contribute to the development of renal care at your institution/region when you return home after the training;
  4. please confirm if you have any English qualifications such as ILETS or OET or intend to undertake such qualifications as these are required by the General Medical Council in the UK for practicing fellowships.

Kidneys for Life can only support those wishing to undertake a long-term Fellowship of up to 12 months (one per year).

If you are selected by the Manchester Royal Infirmary for a training, you will need to establish a training plan with your Host Mentor outlining the objectives of the training. When you have agreed on a training plan you are ready to apply on the ISN Fellowship application portal.


ISN-Heartlands Fellowship

For young South Asian nephrologists willing to train at the Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom, preferably for a period from 6 to 12 months. Candidates are requested to contact Dr. Indranil Dasgupta (indranil.dasgupta@heartofengland.nhs.uk) and Dr. Dele Ajayi (Bamidele.Ajayi@heartofengland.nhs.uk) at the Heartlands Hospital with the following 3 documents:

  1. your CV;
  2. a letter of reference from your Home Mentor or Home Institution director;
  3. a personal statement of what you wish to accomplish during a training at Heartlands Hospital and how this training will contribute to the development of renal care at your institution/region when you return home after the training.

If you are selected by the Heartlands Hospital for a training, you will need to establish a training plan with your Host Mentor outlining the objectives of the training. When you have agreed on a training plan you are ready to apply on the ISN website for an ISN Fellowship grant.


ISN-CREED Fellowship

The ISN-CREED Program aims to promote the exchange of dialysis and nephrology knowledge through education and training across South East Asia and the Oceania region.

The applicants who meet all the criteria below are qualified to process their application through the International Society of Nephrology portal:

  1. ISN Applicants must be from a developing nation as specified by CREED;
  2. ISN Applicants must be working in the area of nephrology, dialysis or transplantation;
  3. Applicants must state their personal aims and goals for undertaking a CREED-ISN Fellowship Program;
  4. At the end of the Fellowship Program all applicants must submit a report on their experience and knowledge gained stating if the aim and goals of the Fellowship Program have been fulfilled.
You can find more information about CREED by visiting https://creed.global/.


ISN-UHN ExpLoRe Home Dialysis Fellowship

The ISN-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 http://www.explorehomedialysis.com/. Please apply on the ExpLoRe Home Dialysis website first before applying for an ISN Fellowship grant.