Welcome to ISN


Fellowship Training Award


Model Renal Sister Center


Visiting Scholar 


Travel Grants


Library Enhancement 


Video Legacy



Fellowship Training Award


General Information

Recognition after Training


Rules and Guidelines

Application Procedure

Fellowship Matching Initiative

Global Fellowship Clubs

Past Fellows


Successful Fellowship Applicants for session 2004-2


Fellowship Survey

Have you participated in and completed the ISN Fellowship Program?

Take a couple of minutes to

fill in the survey

which evaluates the benefits that this ISN program has brought to you as a nephrologist.

Your participation is a privilege and of greatest importance to the ISN.

We greatly appreciate your input and any suggestions you may have!

‘Preferred Topics’ Fellowship Training Grants

The Fellowship Committee offers training grants in ‘Preferred Topics’ each year in response to the specific needs of the nephrological sector in developing areas of the world. Candidates who apply for a short-term (3-6 months) Fellowship Training in a Preferred Topic earn bonus points.

In 2005 the selected topics of training are:

-?Training on Epidemiology of Nephrology’

-?Training on Education of Nephrology’

Please note that applying for Fellowship Training in a Preferred Topic does not guarantee a successful outcome.


General Information

The ISN Fellowship Program was established in 1985 by Dr. Claude Amiel. Its objective is to offer relevant training opportunities to young nephrologists in emerging countries, with the ultimate goal of improving the home institutions’ standards upon the Fellows’ return.

Fellows are required to return to their home countries after their training to convey knowledge and experience in basic and clinical nephrology, dialysis, transplantation and epidemiology – thereby teaching countless young physicians and provide critical enhancement to kidney disease care. 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.

As of the end of 2002, 323 fellows from 65 countries all over the globe had been trained in hundreds of host institutions in 17 countries. Since its inception, the ISN has spent over US$ 12 million on the Fellowship Program – a considerable investment but a priceless contribution to the global dissemination of nephrology science and clinical care through highly skilled national leaders.The Program offers two types of fellowships:

  • Full time awards (one year or more)
  • Short term awards (2-6 months), e.g. for technical training of nurses or technicians.

ISN gratefully acknowledges the kind support of the following

Partner Institutions and Organizations

for their generous support of the ISN Fellowship Program:

Recognition after Training

Upon completion, the following recognitions are awarded:

  • ISN Fellow for trainees who successfully complete at least one year of training.
  • ISN Scholar for those who had a short-term training.


ISN Fellows receive certain advantages, including:

  • complimentary membership Link to membership section in the ISN for 1-2 years following their fellowships
  • priority in selection for Congress Travel Grants Link to travel grants section
  • privileged Renal Sister Center linkages Link to sister center section
  • Library Enhancement Program consideration Link to library enhancement program section, and others.

These privileges are affirmed in the individual letters of completion of training.

Rules and Guidelines

Please click


for the

Guide to the ISN Fellowship Program

(135 KB)

in PDF*. 

*To view the PDF file you need Adobe Acrobat Reader. Free download available 



Application Procedure

To apply for either type of award, please click


to download your

Fellowship Application Form

(1.4 MB)

in PDF*.

Deadlines for receiving applications are January 31 and July 31 of each year. The selection is done in mid-May and mid-November respectively.Selection of the ISN Fellows is a rigorous process of the highest standards to guarantee the most successful outcome. The selection procedure includes the following three phases:

  • Data Verification

    : the information provided by the applicants is verified and evaluated through correspondence with presidents of their national societies or referees nominated by the applicants.

  • Evaluation

    : the members of the

    ISN Fellowship Committee

    score each application according to a standard format. The scoring system reflects the policies and priorities defined by ISN and is primarily based on qualification, prior experience in the field of training and the proposed training plan/objectives.

  • Selection

    : decided twice a year by the Secretary-General, the COMGAN Chairman and an ISN Councilor from an emerging country. Selection is largely based on the scores, but also considers geographical balance, urgent needs in certain regions, preference of certain sponsors, etc.

Please contact the

Global Headquarters

for any questions about the Fellowship Program


Past Fellows

Review here 

a list of past Fellows.

Fellowship Training Award Program

Model Renal Sister Center Program

Visiting Scholar Program

Travel Grants Program

Library Enhancement Program

Video Legacy Program

DEMAND Program




Scroll to Top