Educational Ambassadors Program – The ISN Website

Educational Ambassadors Program

Educational Ambassadors Program


Specific expert training

Photo EAP Vietnam 2011The Educational Ambassadors Program aims at advancing nephrology in the developing world through very concrete hands-on training programs, enabling the impact to be well monitored. The program provides ISN members and younger nephrologists with an invaluable opportunity for personal involvement in the society’s educational programs while enhancing the sense of global solidarity and awareness in the renal world.

Through this program, centers in the emerging world can request a teacher or an expert to join them onsite for the provision of very specific hands-on training (examples include setting up acute and chronic dialysis programs, renal pathology, CKD management in a local setting and others) or to initiate and develop community based research and screening programs.

Emerging centers who require the visit of an expert can either suggest someone they know already or ask the ISN Headquarters to match their request with an available ISN Educational Ambassador qualified in the field of training required. ISN supports the Educational Ambassador to deliver high quality and relevant training for a period of 1-4 weeks.

ISN invites applications from emerging centers as well as potential Educational Ambassadors. Qualified ISN members can request to be listed as available experts and volunteer to become ISN Educational Ambassadors.

CLICK HEREfor a list of current ISN Educational Ambassadors.

CLICK HERE to download the Leaflet

Application Deadlines

The deadlines for applications from emerging centers wishing to invite an Educational Ambassador are on May 1 and October 1 of each year.

All applications submitted by May 1 or October 1 are assessed and ranked competitively by a board of reviewers. The results of the application session are announced within 2 months after the application deadline.

There is no specific deadline for ISN members wishing to become volunteer Educational Ambassadors.


Applications from Centers in Developing Countries:

  • Representative of the host center must be an ISN member.
  • Before submitting an application, emerging centers must be in contact with a potential trainer. ISN can help find an expert that matches the needs.
  • Adherence to the Declaration of Istanbul is a prerequisite element for applications.

Applications to be a Volunteer Educational Ambassador:

  • Applicants must be ISN members.
  • Adherence to the Declaration of Istanbul is a prerequisite element for applications.
  • Applicants should demonstrate expertise in a defined area of renal medicine documented by peer-reviewed journals; should have active faculty appointments at accredited institutions; and be willing and able to free some time (at least 1 to 4 weeks) to teach in a developing nephrology center.


ISN mainly provides financial support for travel to the host center. The host center is in principle expected to cover costs related to the Ambassador’s accommodation, meals and local transportation – some exceptions may be approved at the discretion of the Program Chair.

Current and Past Awarded Grants

Since 2009 the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program has allocated funding to about 70 applications from centers in emerging countries. CLICK HERE to view the host centers and Ambassadors who have been involved.

Educational Ambassadors Program Committee

Chair: Saraladevi Naicker (South Africa)
Vivekand Jha (India)
Valerie Luyckx (Canada)
Mona Naser Alrukhaimi (UAE)
Peter Kerr (Australia)
Luis Yu (Brazil)
Ming-Hui Zhao (China)
Guillermo Garcia Garcia (Mexico)
Yilmaz Mahmut Ilker (Turkey)
Elena Zakharova (Russia)

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