AES Fellows Program

About the AES Fellows Program

The application period for the 2021 Fellows Program is now closed.

The AES Fellows Program is the Society's flagship career development program for early career researchers, clinicians, and advanced practice providers. Its goal is to engage promising epilepsy professionals in AES activities, education, and mentoring—and to connect them with AES leaders, members, and each other. AES Fellows attend the Annual Meeting for intensive exposure to epilepsy science, medicine, career skills, networking, top-notch education, and social events.

Approximately 105 fellows from institutions in the US and Canada will be accepted, including clinical fellows in approved epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, or neurosurgery fellowship programs; advanced practice providers (up to five); and postdoctoral research fellows and trainees (up to 15) with advanced degrees in professional fields related to nursing, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, and basic science.

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Program Objectives

Following participation in this program, Fellows should be able to:

  • Identify various types of careers in epilepsy (academic, practice) and what training and experience are necessary for these respective pathways
  • Define a career path based on extensive interaction with a matched mentor who will address specific aspects of career development
  • Advance their career with additional career management skills, i.e. interviewing and networking
  • Maintain a wide-ranging professional network of epilepsy clinicians and researchers
  • Improve clinical and/or research skills based on learning through AES symposia, special interest groups, investigator workshops, and other education events at the AES Annual Meeting


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If You Are Selected as an AES Fellow

Fellows will participate in targeted programming at the Annual Meeting.

To support participation, AES Fellows receive:

  • A $750 travel stipend to support attendance at the meeting
  • Complimentary registration to the AES Annual Meeting
  • Full access to educational and scientific sessions
  • A complimentary one-year AES membership
  • Mentorship, matched by professional interest
  • Networking sessions with AES senior leaders and peers

Mentorship and training sessions start Thursday, December 2. Fellows are encouraged to participate in the entire meeting, which continues through Tuesday, December 7.

Who May Apply?

Eligible candidates. Professionals in the following categories may apply for a spot in the 2021 AES Fellows program:

  • Clinical fellows enrolled in ACGME-approved epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, or neurosurgery fellowship programs or other eligible training at an institution in the US or Canada at the time of the annual meeting
  • Postdoctoral research fellows or other trainees (PhD or equivalent advanced degree) in nursing, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, basic science, and other relevant fields enrolled at an eligible institution in the US or Canada at the time of the annual meeting
  • Advanced practice providers in the early stages of their career and/or in transition to a new role within the epilepsy field

Diversity matters. 
A wide range of experience and background enriches the AES Fellows Program. AES aims for balance and diversity in all its aspects in considering candidates for this program. Applications are explicitly encouraged from professionals meeting the above criteria who:

  • Identify as a member of an underrepresented group
  • Work on issues affecting medically underserved people who have epilepsy or seizures

Ineligible groups. 
The following groups are not eligible to apply:

  • Individuals who have previously participated in the AES Fellows Program
  • Individuals who are recipients of a 2021 AES early career grant or fellowship
  • Residents and medical students

Nomination limits per program.
Only one Fellow may be nominated per program or mentor, with these exceptions:

  • Institutions with clearly distinct adult and pediatric fellowship programs may submit one nomination from each program
  • A mentor may nominate an advanced practice provider in addition to an MD or PhD

Priority for poster presenters. 
Abstract submission to the AES Annual Meeting is not required for participation as an AES Fellow. However, applicants who will be giving presentations or displaying posters at the event will be given priority, particularly for the postdoctoral spots.


How to Apply

  • Application materials include both a form submitted by the applicant as well as a reference form completed by the applicant’s program director/mentor. Please note that each program director/mentor can only nominate one trainee per program or lab.
  • Before accessing the application form, please log into or create your AES account. While AES membership is not required, you do need an AES account to apply.
  • If you do not remember your account username or login, please contact AES at 312-883-3800 or at for assistance in locating your account. If you do not have an AES account, please create one.
  • The application form must be completed by the fellow, postdoctoral researcher, or other candidates, and submitted online to begin your candidacy. Click “Apply” to proceed to the AES Fellows Program application form; detailed below.
    • Your completed application is due by August 15 and will include both your application and the reference form. Your application needs to be submitted for your program director/mentor to receive the reference form, so be sure to submit prior to the August 15 due date to ensure all materials are submitted in time.
  • Application Materials:
    • Applicant Information: Enter applicant information, such as name, degree, and two email addresses. Entering two email addresses will ensure we can contact you in the coming months. Click Next.
    • Demographic Info: Please complete optional demographic information on your race, gender identity, and any disability accommodations you may need at the AES Annual Meeting. Click Next.
    • Institution and Program: Enter information on your institution and program, such as the name of your institution, department, city, program type, your position, your expected completion date for fellowship/training, and whether you’ve submitted an abstract for the 2021 Annual Meeting.
    • Applicant Statement: Please provide a brief statement regarding your career plans in epilepsy, and, any other information that might be useful in matching you with potential mentors.
    • AES Mentor: If accepted to the AES Fellows program, you will be matched with an experienced AES member as your mentor.  Enter information on your preferred AES mentor, including preferred expertise, practice setting, etc. You can upload your CV (optional), which will be shared with your mentor.
    • Reference: Enter the name and email of your fellowship Program Director, postdoctoral mentor, or similar by selecting “ADD REFERENCE.” Enter the required information and hit “Save.” After you submit your application form, your Program Director/Mentor will receive an email asking them to complete the reference form. This form must be completed by the fellowship program director (fellows) or by a primary mentor (postdoctoral fellows).
    • Submit: After completing all required information, hit “Preview” to view your application in its entirety, and when ready, hit “Submit.” You will receive an email confirming your submission, and your Program Director/Mentor will receive an email asking them to complete your reference form.
  • All application materials, including the reference form, must be completed in their entirety and submitted by August 15, 2021, for your application to be considered.
  • The AES Fellows and Junior Investigators Professional Development Committee will select the Fellows Program participants. Notifications will be sent out via email by early September. Selected participants will then be asked to confirm their participation in the program.
  • If you have applied to be an AES Fellow, please do not register for the 2021 Annual Meeting until you have been notified whether you have been accepted to the AES Fellows Program. Notifications will be sent in time for you to receive the early-bird registration pricing for the AES Annual Meeting if your application is not selected.


Questions? Email Jennifer Brummet at


AES would like to thank the following companies for their support of the 2021 AES Fellows Program:

  • Greenwich Biosciences, part of Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • SK Life Science, Inc. (for support of APP participation in the program)
  • Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC