The goal of the American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) fellowship program is to improve the quality of care provided to kidney patients and to promote clinical research in nephrology. The CSN program enhances the training of nephrologists who wish to pursue an academic career and whose primary professional commitment is to scholarship in the provision of patient care. Our CSN fellows conduct prevention and outcomes research while receiving advanced training in essential skills such as medical ethics, biostatistics and epidemiology.

The Clinical Scientist in Nephrology program was established in 1988, and since that time has trained some of nephrology's brightest scholars. Many former CSN fellows have gone on to distinguished careers in the field, conducting groundbreaking research that advances knowledge and treatment of kidney disease.

A Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship may be granted yearly, with a maximum duration of two years for each fellowship. The maximum level of funding of $80,000 per year shall be used principally to support the candidate and his or her career development. This sum is expected to cover the individual fellow's salary (which will follow NIH guidelines according to the post-graduate year plus comparable fringe benefits at the institution, not to exceed $50,000) as well as training-related expenses.

The deadline for application submissions for the 2017-2018 academic year is December 1, 2016. For questions about the program, please email Ruth Flores.

Download the application here.

Meet the current CSN fellows

John Stanifer, M.D., M.Sc.
Dr. John Stanifer is the American Kidney Fund-Amgen Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellow. He completed his residency at Duke University where he is also now completing his renal fellowship. Dr. Stanifer's research aims to assess the health literacy of individuals with chronic kidney disease from an underserved community in southeastern North Carolina with a large American Indian and African American population. Read a post by Dr. Stanifer on our blog, Kidney Today.
Year Fellowship Awarded: 2015

Susan Wong, M.D.
Dr. Susan Wong is the American Kidney Fund-Sanofi Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellow. Dr. Wong received her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009, and is completing her renal fellowship at the University of Washington. With funding support from the American Kidney Fund and Sanofi, Dr. Wong will research the reasons some older adults do not receive dialysis as treatment for kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease, and the circumstances under which that decision occurs.
Year Fellowship Awarded: 2014

Previous CSN award recipients