The Epilepsy Foundation awards grants and fellowships for cutting-edge research into the causes of epilepsy. Program goals include understanding basic mechanisms, developing new therapeutic approaches, understanding the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of having epilepsy, and encouraging the professional development of scientists and healthcare professionals. The Foundation’s Student Fellowship Programs offer qualified individuals the opportunity to develop expertise in epilepsy research through a three-month training experience and involvement in a research project.
– Be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, in medical school, a doctoral program, or other graduate program for the Health Sciences Student Fellowship; be enrolled in an appropriate undergraduate or graduate program in the behavioral sciences for the Behavioral Sciences Student Fellowship; – Have a defined epilepsy-related study or research plan; – Have a three-month free period during which to conduct the fellowship (generally during the summer); – Have a qualified mentor with expertise to supervise and provide guidance on the project; and – Have access to institutional resources, including an appropriate clinical or laboratory setting, to conduct the proposed project.
– These fellowships are not intended for individuals who are pursuing a dissertation research project.
– Students may be accepted at any point in their schooling. This includes the periods following acceptance but before beginning the first year and the period immediately following the final year.
– Foundation fellowship programs are designed as training opportunities, and the quality of the training plans and environment are factors in the evaluation of proposals.
– Students may re-apply for additional fellowship funding through the regular application process.
– Applications from women, members of minority groups, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged.
– U.S. citizenship is not required; however, the project must be conducted in the U.S.