Early Career Funding

As one of the largest non-governmental funders for those starting their careers in epilepsy research, AES is committed to developing the next generation of epilepsy investigators. Our early career funding programs support research fellows in training and newly independent investigators working across the full spectrum of epilepsy research, from basic science to translational and clinical research. Learn more about these programs at the links below.

Predoctoral Research Fellowships Research Fellowships for Clinicians
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Junior Investigator Research Awards


2016-2017 Application Deadlines and Award Dates

All applications must be submitted through proposalCENTRAL.

August 15, 2016: Application submission opens
October 5, 2016: Letters of Intent due*
November 30, 2016: Applicants invited to submit full proposals**
January 31, 2017: Full proposals due 
April 28, 2017: Awards announced
July 1, 2017: Earliest start date


Contributing Partners

In addition to funding provided by AES, support for early career fellowships and grants will come from the Epilepsy Foundation, and the following contributing partners will also consider full or partial support for applications in targeted areas. To learn more about the research interests of specific partnering organizations, please refer to the links below.

Epilepsy Foundation

TESS Research Foundation

LGS Foundation

Wishes for Elliott

Dravet Syndrome Foundation

PCDH19 Alliance

TSA Alliance


* An individual may only serve as the primary mentor for one application submitted for a mentored award. An individual may not apply for a Junior Investigator Research Award and also be listed as the primary mentor on a proposal for a mentored award. More than one application may be submitted from a single institution, but final funding decisions will take into account a preference to limit multiple awards to the same institution.

**Only applicants with an approved Letter of Intent (LOI) are eligible to submit a full proposal.