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Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) Program

American Kidney Fund (AKF) - Professional Education Department

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #159588

Grant Description

Fellowships of up to $80,000 per year to USA clinical scientists for nephrology-related medical research projects. Funding is intended to support full-time fellows in a scholarly environment, providing salary, training, and equipment expenses. Candidates are individuals who have completed their residency.

The goal of the American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) fellowship program is to improve the quality of care provided to patients with kidney diseases and to promote clinical research in nephrology. This goal is achieved by enhancing the training and education of nephrologists who desire to pursue an academic career and whose primary professional commitment is to scholarship in the provision of patient care. Awardees conduct prevention and outcomes research and receive advanced education in essential skills such as medical ethics, biostatistics, and epidemiology. 

Funding shall be used principally to support the candidate and his or her career development. This sum is expected to cover the individual fellow's salary as well as training-related expenses. These may include expenditures for enrollment in academic courses, computer hardware and software, and support for research and travel expenses, as required by the plan of studies and justified in the budget outlined in the application. 

Successful candidates will identify an area of knowledge broadly applicable to Clinical Nephrology in which they will develop expertise and conduct research resulting in publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Such areas of study will be primarily in the non-biological sciences and will include disciplines in public health and preventive medicine, humanities, and in social and behavioral sciences. Examples are Bioethics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Economics, Health Policy and Administration, Health Services Research, Medical Decision Science, and Patient Oriented Research. The American Kidney Fund will give special consideration to projects relating to clinical ethics, quality of care and quality of life. The Fund encourages the exploration of new fields of study that bear on the improvement of clinical care in nephrology. 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Acceptable candidates for Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Program are individuals who:
- Have completed a residency in Internal Medicine or Pediatric Medicine
- Are qualified to sit for the American Board of Internal Medicine or Pediatric Medicine
- Are in the process of completing or have completed at least one year of training in Clinical Nephrology in an accredited U.S. program
- Can demonstrate an aptitude for and a commitment to developing special expertise in an area of knowledge applicable to Clinical Nephrology
- Intend to pursue a professional career with emphasis on the provision of care to patients with kidney diseases, preferably within the confines of an academic medical center where they will be exposed to continued learning and teaching
- Can secure the support of their training program in the pursuit of these goals

Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship is not intended as a fellowship-to-faculty transitional award. Preference will be given to applicants in their first or second year of fellowship.

The Training Institution: The institution must operate an accredited training program in nephrology or pediatric nephrology. Successful sponsoring institutions will be those that have access to comprehensive clinical and research facilities, and where a well-developed scholarly environment exists.

Faculty members or individuals who will be receiving other funding are not eligible.

The American Kidney Fund will not provide support for institutional overhead expenses, patient care costs, excessive lab expenses, and will typically not fund expenditures for technical or clerical personnel.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be received via email by December 19, 2022.

The AKF CSN Selection Committee will review all applications and proceed to a preliminary ranking no later than January 2023. The top candidates will be invited to interview in no later than February 28, 2023 and successful candidates will be notified in February 2023.

First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact AKF should they have questions regarding their eligibility, research, or other aspects of the application.

Only one application from pediatrics and one from adult medicine from each program will be accepted.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum level of funding of $80,000 per year shall be used principally to support the candidate and his or her career development. This sum is expected to cover the individual fellow's salary (not to exceed $55,000) as well as training-related expenses.

Term of Contract:

If awarded, the first year’s funding will begin July 1, 2023 and proceed through June 30, 2024.

The maximum duration of each fellowship is two years. The second year of funding is not automatic and is dependent on approval of the first year’s progress report.

Contact Information:

Eligible candidates must electronically submit their application via email to:

If you have any questions about the application process especially if you are a first-time applicant, please contact the Professional Education Department at the email address above.

American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852

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