AES Fellows Program

About the AES Fellows Program

Applications for the 2022 Fellows Program will be accepted in late spring/early summer.

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 following a competitive review process, 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

Who May Apply?

Eligible candidates. Professionals in the following categories may apply for a spot in the 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 a group historically underrepresented in medicine or research
  • 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 2022 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 AES 2022 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 meeting will be given priority, particularly for the postdoctoral spots.


Questions? Email Jennifer Brummet at grants@aesnet.org

 

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