Resources for Clinician Scientists and Clinical Researchers

The American Epilepsy Society is committed to recruiting and retaining talent in epilepsy professions. Our research programs support all fields of research, including those in basic science and preclinical fields, which receive the majority of AES research funding.

Some programs, listed below, are tailored to the unique challenges and needs of clinician scientists and/or clinical researchers.

    • EPIPORT Online Clinical Research Training provides introductory training to key principles and concepts in epilepsy clinical research with 28 online lecture modules accessible online when convenient for you.
    • EPIPORT Mentorship Program for Clinical Research provides targeted mentorship to investigators looking to hone their skills in clinical research grantsmanship.   
    • Early Career Research Grants: AES members take pride in the talent pipeline, with 85% of our research grant dollars committed to supporting the next generation of epilepsy researchers. While clinical research is eligible for all AES early career grant programs, the following programs are specifically tailored to recruit and retain clinicians scientists and/or clinical researchers in epilepsy.
      • Epilepsy Study Consortium mini-grant: Funded by ESC and administered by AES, these mini-grants are designed to enable epilepsy fellows to undertake a mentored research program during their fellowship training.
      • Research & Training Fellowships for Clinicians: These awards offer $50,000 for one year for a mentored research experience for clinical fellows and faculty who intend to pursue a career in epilepsy research. Proposals are welcomed across the spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research.
      • Susan Spencer MD Clinical Research Training Fellowship: Offering $150,000 over two years, this award fosters the development of young investigators committed to patient-oriented research. The award is administered by AAN and co-funded by AES, the Epilepsy Foundation, and the American Brain Foundation.
      • Clinical Training Research Apprenticeship: Offering $35,000 over one year, this award provides residents or fellows the opportunity to learn about clinical research firsthand by becoming involved with an ongoing research endeavor. The award is funded by the Epilepsy Foundation and administered by AES.
    • The AES Annual Meeting is the largest gathering on epilepsy in the world. With investigators workshops, skills workshops, special interest group sessions, and symposia, there is something for everyone. Early career clinicians and scientists can benefit from professional development sessions and Career Pathways Panels. Please check the AES Annual Meeting website for each year’s sessions.
    • The AES Fellows Program provides support for ~100 clinical and postdoctoral fellows to attend the AES Annual Meeting, where they learn about advances in epilepsy care and research and benefit from exclusive access to mentorship, networking, and career training. Applications and nominations are typically due in July or August. Please check the AES Annual Meeting website for more information. The Fellows program is not limited to clinical researchers/scientists.