The ISN Fellowship program provides relevant and contemporary nephrology training to physicians from emerging countries, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards in the Fellows’ home countries upon their return and becoming leaders in their fields.
ISN Fellows receive hands-on training in advanced host institutions, allowing them to acquire state-of-the-art knowledge in basic and clinical nephrology, dialysis, transplantation, and epidemiology. The training focuses on providing the exact skills and knowledge specifically required by the home institution.
The program offers two types of Fellowships:
Long term awards (7–12 months)
Short term awards (2–6 months)
The guiding principle of the program is that Fellows are required to return to their home countries after their training to convey knowledge and experience that they acquired during their Fellowship, thereby teaching countless young physicians and providing critical enhancement to kidney disease care in their local communities. A recent survey indicated that upon completion of training and return to their home countries, over 80% of the fellows are now in positions in local academic centers with direct impact on clinical care and teaching.
Over the past two decades, the ISN Fellowship Program has served as an effective vehicle for conveying knowledge, skills, experience and opportunities to younger renal physicians from less privileged parts of the world. Over 500 nephrologists from developing nations have received invaluable training, thanks to the Fellowship Program
If you can answer positively all these questions, you are ready to proceed with your application.
If you do not know a Host Institution that could train you, you can find one through the ISN
Fellowship Matching Initiative.
We will help you locate an appropriate center and establish the first contact.
- Are you at least 30 years of age? (If you are over 40, you may ONLY apply for a short-term fellowship – even so over 45 years, you may not be successful).
- Are you living and working in a developing country? (Low or medium
- economy according to the World Bank criteria).
- Have you received basic training in nephrology in your home country?
- Are you nominated by a Home Mentor and your Home Institution who guarantee your re-employment once training has been completed?
- Can you be recommended by two senior nephrologists in your home country?
- Are you endorsed by the National Society of Nephrology in your home country? If you are applying from a country where there is no nephrology practice, you can apply for a Fellowship training only if you have governmental or institutional support to set up a nephrology program upon your return.
- Have you identified an appropriate Host Mentor and Institution with whom you have agreed on a suitable training plan?
- Does your training plan reflect the skills and knowledge that are required by your home Institution and which you can implement on your return?
- Can you understand and communicate in the host country’s language?
- Are you willing to guarantee your return to your home country within three months of completing the training (Otherwise all funds received from ISN must be refunded)
Citizens of developing nations (Low or medium economy according to the World Bank criteria: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, The, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Haiti, Kenya, Korea, Dem Rep., Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo, Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Kosovo, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Hungry, Iran, Islamic Rep., Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, FYR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Peru, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu and Venezuela) can apply for these fellowships.