The American Kidney Fund provides charitable assistance to dialysis patients who need help with the costs associated with treating kidney failure. As part of this mission, the fund is accepting applications for its Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship program.
The annual program was established in 1988 as a direct extension of AKF's mission to improve the quality of care of patients with kidney disease and to promote clinical research in nephrology. This goal is achieved by enhancing the training and education of nephrologists who wish to pursue an academic career and whose primary professional commitment is to scholarship in the provision of patient care. To that end, fellowships may be granted yearly, with a maximum duration of two years for each fellowship and a maximum funding level of $80,000 per year. Fellowship recipients also receive advanced education in essential skills such as medical ethics, biostatistics, and epidemiology.
To be eligible, applicants must have completed a residency in internal medicine or pediatric medicine; be qualified to sit for the American Board of Internal Medicine or Pediatric Medicine; be in the process of completing or have completed at least one year of training in clinical nephrology in an accredited U.S. program; demonstrate an aptitude for and a commitment to developing special expertise in an area of knowledge applicable to clinical nephrology; and intend to pursue a professional career with emphasis on the provision of care to patients with kidney disease.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the AKF website.