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 application for the 2018-2019 Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Program is now available. Completed applications must be received by November 20, 2017. Please direct all inquiries to Professional Education at education@kidneyfund.org or 800.638.8299.

Meet the current CSN fellow

Jessica Tangren, MD

Jessica Tangren, MD

Dr. Jessica Tangren is a third year fellow in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Joint Nephrology Fellowship Program. As the 2017-2018 American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellow, Dr. Tangren’s research project is titled “Renal and Vascular Dysfunction After Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in Young Women – Implications for Pregnancy and Beyond”.

Dr. Tangren’s career goal is to become a physician-scientist in nephrology, with a focus on the management of kidney disease in women. “The mission of the American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology program aligns with my own career goals. I have a core commitment to patient advocacy, and I am driven to conduct research to improve the quality of care we provide for women with kidney disease.” Dr. Tangren said.

Dr. Tangren’s AKF Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship is funded in part by a grant from Amgen.

Previous CSN award recipients