AES Fellows Program


Co-chairs: Sue Herman, M.D., Karen Wilcox, Ph.D.


The American Epilepsy Society is committed to nurturing early career epilepsy professionals and supporting their career development. The AES Fellows Program encourages epilepsy fellows in training to attend the AES Annual Meeting, where they will learn about advances in epilepsy care and research and have opportunities to engage with expert mentors and peers. Approximately 100 fellows from institutions in the U.S. and Canada will be accepted, including clinical fellows in approved epilepsy or clinical neurophysiology fellowship programs and up to 15 postdoctoral research fellows and trainees with advanced degrees in professional fields related to nursing, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, and basic sciences.

During the Annual Meeting, participating fellows are matched in groups of 3-5 with AES member mentors based on their professional interests. Program activities include a pre-meeting dinner with the AES Board of Directors, breakfast and lunch with mentors, and career panel sessions highlighting a variety of career paths for clinicians and researchers. In addition, fellows attend the Epilepsy Specialist Symposium, the Annual Fundamentals of Epilepsy Symposium, and the Hoyer Lecture

Diversity Initiative in the Fellows Program
New in 2017, the AES Fellows Program will pilot an effort to provide targeted support to outstanding fellows from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in clinical care and biomedical research, including racial and ethnic groups and those with disabilities. Fellows who indicate an interest in this initiative will be matched to mentors who are experienced in the challenges and opportunities for individuals from underrepresented groups. During and after the Annual Meeting, in addition to the AES Fellows Program events, these Fellows and mentors will participate in discussions targeted to their needs as individuals and the needs of AES to recruit, retain, and support a strong, diverse workforce

Fellows Program Criteria and Instructions

  1. Clinical Fellow applicants must be enrolled in an ACGME-approved fellowship program or other eligible training at an institution in the US or Canada at the time of the Annual Meeting. Residents and medical students are not eligible to participate.
  2. Nominations for clinical fellows are generally limited to one fellow per institution and must be submitted by the fellowship program director. Clinical fellows may be in epilepsy or clinical neurophysiology programs, though preference will be given to programs with an emphasis on epilepsy. If an institution has both epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology programs, preference will be given to epilepsy fellows, unless space permits otherwise. Institutions with clearly distinct adult and pediatric fellowship programs may submit one nomination from each program.
  3. Postdoctoral research fellows or other trainees (Ph.D. or equivalent advanced degree) in basic science, nursing, pharmacology, psychology, and other relevant fields must be nominated by their mentors and are considered separately. Only one applicant may be nominated per mentor or training program, and space restrictions may limit participation to one such trainee per institution.
  4. Abstract submission to the AES Annual Meeting is not required for participation. However, nominees giving presentations or displaying posters at the meeting will be given priority.
  5. Applicants should not register for the 2017 Annual Meeting until they have received notification regarding whether they have been accepted to the AES Fellows Program. Notifications will be made in time for applicants to receive the Early-Bird Registration pricing for the meeting.
  6. Accepted participants in the AES Fellows Program receive a $750 travel stipend, complimentary meeting registration, and a one-year AES membership.
  7. If chosen to participate in the AES Fellows Program you MUST attend the AES Annual Meeting, the mentor meetings and career pathways sessions.
  8. Prior AES Fellows Program participants are not eligible.
  9. The AES Fellows Junior Investigators Professional Development Committee will determine the Fellows Program participants. Notifications will be sent out via email in September.

Applications and Nominations are due by August 18, 2017
Both the nomination form AND the application form must be submitted by the deadline.

    • Application Form (Must be completed by fellow or postdoctoral trainee)
    • Nomination Form (Must be completed by fellowship program director, or lab director/postdoctoral mentor)

Please send all inquiries about the 2017 Fellows Program to Amy Kephart (

Funding for the 2017 AES Fellows program will be provided by industry supporters to be announced.