2019 AES Fellows Program

The American Epilepsy Society Fellows program provides support for fellows to attend the AES Annual Meeting and benefit from mentorship, networking, and professional development programs. Several of the professional development programs are open to all AES attendees, not solely those accepted into the AES Fellows Program.


Apply by August 1, 2019 by submitting both the nomination form and the application form.

  • Application Form (Must be completed by fellow or postdoctoral trainee)
  • Nomination Form (Must be completed by fellowship program director, or lab director/postdoctoral mentor)


Fellows accepted to the program receive a $750 USD travel stipend to attend the AES Annual Meeting along with complimentary AES meeting registration and a complimentary one-year AES membership. During the AES Annual Meeting, fellows participate in mentorship and training activities, including:

  • Breakfast and lunch with an AES member mentor, matched based on professional interest
  • Pre-meeting orientation and peer-to-peer networking
  • Dinner reception with the AES Board of Directors
  • Career skills training, open to all AES meeting attendees
  • Career pathways sessions, open to all AES meeting attendees
  • The Annual Fundamentals of Epilepsy Symposium and the Hoyer Lecture
  • Targeted mentorship around diversity in the workforce, if requested by the trainee


Approximately 100 fellows from institutions in the U.S. and Canada will be accepted, including clinical fellows in approved epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, or neurosurgery fellowship programs, and up to 15 postdoctoral research fellows and trainees with advanced degrees in professional fields related to nursing, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, and basic science.


Diversity Matters: The AES Fellows Program seeks to foster a diverse and inclusive epilepsy workforce. During the Fellows program, professional development sessions will address topics such as working in a diverse workforce, treating diverse patient populations, and fostering career development for underrepresented groups. Fellows may also request targeted mentorship around diversity in the workforce.


Fellows Program Criteria and Instructions
  1. Clinical fellow applicants must be enrolled in an ACGME-approved fellowship program or other eligible training at an institution in the U.S. or Canada at the time of the Annual Meeting. Residents and medical students are not eligible to participate. 
  2. Nominations for clinical fellows must be submitted by the fellowship program director. Only one fellow may be nominated per program. Clinical fellows may be in epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, or neurosurgery programs, though preference will be given to programs with an emphasis on epilepsy. Institutions with clearly distinct adult and pediatric fellowship programs may submit one nomination from each program.
  3. Postdoctoral research fellows or other trainees (PhD or equivalent advanced degree) in nursing, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, basic science, and other relevant fields must be nominated by their mentors and are considered separately. Only one applicant may be nominated per mentor and/or department.
  4. Please do not apply if you have previously participated in the AES Fellows program or if you have received support this year through an AES early career grant or fellowship. This eligibility policy is to ensure that AES financial support is distributed across numerous trainees in the field. We encourage all trainees to attend the open professional development sessions organized as part of the Fellows Program and offered on Friday and Saturday morning at AES 2019.
  5. Abstract submission to the AES Annual Meeting is not required for participation. However, nominees giving presentations or displaying posters at the meeting will be given priority, particularly for the postdoctoral spots.
  6. Applicants should not register for the 2019 Annual Meeting until they have received notification regarding whether they have been accepted to the AES Fellows Program.  Notifications will be sent in time for applicants to receive the early bird registration pricing for the meeting (early bird pricing ends on October 15, 2019).
  7. Individuals accepted to the AES Fellows Program receive a $750 travel stipend at the Annual Meeting, complimentary meeting registration, and a one-year AES membership.
  8. If chosen to participate in the AES Fellows Program you MUST attend the 2019 AES Annual Meeting and the mentorship and training sessions starting at 7:00 AM on Friday, December 6, 2019. You will also be invited to an orientation and a reception with the Board of Directors on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
  9. The AES Fellows Junior Investigators Professional Development Committee will select the Fellows Program participants. Notifications will be sent out via email in September.


Both the nomination form and the application form must be submitted by August 1, 2019.

  • Application Form (Must be completed by fellow or postdoctoral trainee)
  • Nomination Form (Must be completed by fellowship program director, or lab director/postdoctoral mentor)



Please send all inquiries about the 2019 Fellows Program to Jennifer Brummet (grants@aesnet.org).


Industry Support

Funding for the 2019 AES Fellows program will be provided by industry supporters to be announced. The AES would like to thank the following groups for their support of the 2018 AES Fellows program:

  • Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Greenwich Biosciences, Inc.
  • Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.