2020 AES Fellows Program

Information about and applications for the 2021 AES Fellows Program will be available Summer 2021.

About the AES Fellows Program

The American Epilepsy Society Fellows Program is the Society’s flagship career development program for early career researchers, clinicians, and advanced practice providers. Its goal is to engage promising epilepsy professionals in AES activities, education, and mentoring—and to connect them with AES leaders, members, and each other. 2020 Fellows participate in the AES2020 virtual event for several days of intensive exposure to epilepsy science, medicine, career skills and paths, networking, top-notch education, and social events.

Approximately 105 fellows from institutions in the US and Canada will be accepted, including clinical fellows in approved epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, or neurosurgery fellowship programs; advanced practice providers (up to five); and postdoctoral research fellows and trainees (up to 15) with advanced degrees in professional fields related to nursing, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, and basic science.

Learning Objectives

Following participation in this program, Fellows should be able to:

  1. Identify various types of careers in epilepsy (academic, practice) and what training and experience are necessary for these respective pathways
  2. Define a career path based on extensive interaction with a matched mentor who will address specific aspects of career development
  3. Advance their career with additional career management skills, i.e. negotiation and networking
  4. Maintain a wide-ranging professional network of epilepsy clinicians and researchers
  5. Improve clinical and/or research skills based on learning through AES symposia, special interest groups, investigator workshops, and other education events at AES2020


If You Are Selected as an AES Fellow

Fellows accepted to the 2020 program will participate in targeted virtual programming.

To support participation, AES Fellows receive:

  • Complimentary registration to AES2020
  • Full access to AES2020 educational and scientific sessions
  • A complimentary one-year AES membership
  • Mentorship, matched by professional interest
  • Networking sessions with AES senior leaders and peers

If you are selected as a 2020 AES Fellow, you must participate in the virtual AES2020 event. The AES Fellows mentorship and training sessions are expected to start on the evening of Thursday, December 3, 2020. You are encouraged to participate in the entire event, which continues through Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Who May Apply?

Eligible candidates. Professionals in the following categories may apply for a spot in the 2020 AES Fellows program:

  • Clinical fellows enrolled in an ACGME-approved epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology, or neurosurgery fellowship program or other eligible training at an institution in the US or Canada at the time of AES2020
  • Postdoctoral research fellows or other trainees (PhD or equivalent advanced degree) in nursing, pharmacology, pharmacy, psychology, basic science, and other relevant fields enrolled at an eligible institution in the US or Canada at the time of AES2020
  • Advanced practice providers in the early stages of their career and/or in transition to a new role within the epilepsy field

Diversity matters. A wide range of experience and background enriches the AES Fellows Program. AES aims for balance and diversity in all its aspects in considering candidates for this program. Applications are explicitly encouraged from professionals meeting the above criteria who:

  • Identify as a member of an underrepresented group
  • Work on issues affecting medically underserved people who have epilepsy or seizures

Ineligible groups. The following groups are not eligible to apply:

  • Individuals who have previously participated in the AES Fellows Program
  • Individuals who are recipients of a 2020 AES early career grant or fellowship
  • Residents and medical students

Nomination limits per program. Only one Fellow may be nominated per program or mentor, with these exceptions:

  • Institutions with clearly distinct adult and pediatric fellowship programs may submit one nomination from each program
  • A mentor may nominate more than one Fellow per program if the Fellow would not be eligible for next year's Fellows Program and if the program director or mentor submitting the nomination commits to serve as a mentor for the Fellows Program
  • A mentor may nominate an advanced practice provider in addition to an MD or PhD

Priority for poster presenters. Abstract submission to the AES2020 is not required for participation as an AES Fellow. However, applicants who will be giving presentations or displaying posters at the event will be given priority, particularly for the postdoctoral spots.

Supporters of the AES Fellows Program

AES would like to thank the following companies for their support of the 2019 AES Fellows program:

  • Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Greenwich Biosciences, Inc.
  • Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.
  • SK Life Science, Inc. for support of APP participation in the program


The AES Fellows Program is distinct from the honorary FAES (Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society) designation in recognition of long-term professional accomplishment and dedication in the field of epilepsy.