ISN Fellowship Program for Developing Countries, 2015-2016

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Applications are invited for ISN fellowship program available for 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. Fellowship program provides relevant and contemporary nephrology training to physicians. The program offers two types of Fellowships: Long term awards (7–12 months) and Short term awards (2–6 months). Applicants must have been nominated by a Home Mentor and their Home Institution must guarantee their re-employment once training has been completed. ISN Fellowship grants are awarded on the condition that Fellows return to their respective home countries within three months after completion of the training.

Study Subject(s): 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.
Course Level: Fellowship program provides relevant and contemporary nephrology training to physicians.
Scholarship Provider: ISN
Scholarship can be taken at: The ISN Fellowship Program can be availed at any ISN member host institution.

Eligibility: If you can answer positively all these questions, you are ready to proceed with your application.
-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).

Scholarship Open for International Students: 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.

Scholarship Description: 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) and Short term awards (2–6 months).

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): The program offers two types of Fellowships: Long term awards (7–12 months); Short term awards (2–6 months).

What does it cover? The total sum of the grant is in alignment with the length of the training and varies according to the anticipated expenses in the host country, as per World Bank data. Grants are intended to cover, or offset, all costs related to the Fellowship, including travel, accommodation and living expenses. The grant is intended to cover expenses of the fellow, not his/her family.

Selection Criteria: Each application is reviewed by all members of the Fellowship Committee. The selection of the most deserving applicants is based upon an objective and fair scoring system. The scoring reflects various factors such as:
-Academic qualifications (level of training possibilities within home country and applicant’s qualifications to undertake proposed training plan)
-Evidence for relevance and need for this training by Home institution (clinical skills of specific research techniques)
-Adequateness of match between the training plan and what the Host center offers to meet the needs of the fellow and home institution
-The goals of training (level of commitment and future contribution to the progress of local nephrology)
-Host ID Form
-Observership vs Hands-on Training
-The number of ISN Fellowships granted to the same home country over the past three years;
-The institutional involvement in the ISN Sister Renal Center and Clinical Research & Prevention Program

Notification: Applicants will be notified on the status of their application approximately 3 months after the application deadline.

How to Apply: Applicants can apply by post, email or fax.

Scholarship Application Deadline: There are two applications rounds every year. You can either submit your application before May 1st or October 1st.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application


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