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Predoctoral Research Fellowships

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Epilepsy Society (AES)

Deadline Date:

01/08/20 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Fellowships of up to $30,000 to USA predoctoral students working on research for their dissertation under the supervision of a mentor who is an expert in epilepsy-related topics. Funding is intended to support basic, clinical, and translational epilepsy-related research into the causes, treatment, and consequences of epilepsy, seizures, and related disorders and their treatment.

For a definition of basic, translational, and clinical research types, see

Funding is awarded for direct expense of the fellow (salary and benefits) and AES meeting travel costs only.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162832

Estimated Size of Grant:

The fellowship award offers up to $30,000 with $29,000 for stipend and and/or benefits, $1000 for travel
support to 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, 2020: Earliest award start date. Applicants may request a delay in the start date of up to 3 months.

Travel must be conducted during the funding period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

1. Be matriculating in a full-time doctoral (Ph.D.) 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.
4. Have not previously been awarded an AES or an Epilepsy Foundation 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.

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.

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:

2019-2020 Application Deadlines and Award Dates:

- November 1, 2019: Application submission opens through proposalCENTRAL.
- January 8, 2020: Full proposals due at 5:00pm Eastern Time.
- May 2020: Award notifications sent out.
- July 1, 2020: Earliest award start date. May be delayed up to 3 months.

Ineligible proposals will not be reviewed. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact AES Grants Staff before submitting a proposal.

Quarterly payments are made to the institution for direct expense of the fellow.

Supplementation of the stipend with other grants or by the fellowship institution is permissible, but fellows may not accept other fellowships or similar awards during the AES Fellowship. If similar awards are obtained during the review or tenure of the AES Fellowship, the applicant/recipient must inform AES in writing so that a decision can be made about continuation of the award.

Prior unfunded applicants may reapply, but all applications will be treated as new submissions.

Only one application may be submitted from a given laboratory to the AES early career grant programs.

Applicants 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 fellowship. Priority will be given to opportunities for hands-on training experiences. (See Applications for this supplemental travel support must be made at the time of full proposal submission.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

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

For questions about your application, eligibility, or the review process, contact Jennifer Brummet at

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