2020 AES Fellows Program


Deadline: Friday, August 7, 2020

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. Fellows attend the AES Annual Meeting 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.

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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, e.g. 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 AES 2020


If You Are Selected as an AES Fellow

Fellows accepted to the program participate in targeted programming in person at the AES Annual Meeting. If travel or in-person meeting restrictions are in place at the time of the 2020 AES meeting in Seattle, Fellows can expect opportunities to participate virtually.

To support participation, AES Fellows receive:

  • A $750 travel stipend (awarded only if the Fellow attends in person)
  • Complimentary registration to the AES Annual Meeting
  • Full access to AES Annual Meeting 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 attend the AES Annual Meeting in-person (unless travel and in-person restrictions are in place and virtual participation is offered). The AES Fellows mentorship and training sessions start on the evening of Thursday, December 3, 2020. You are encouraged to participate in the entire AES Annual Meeting, which continues through Tuesday, 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 the 2020 AES Annual Meeting
  • 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 the 2020 AES Annual Meeting
  • 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 an advanced practice provider in addition to an MD or PhD

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

How to Apply

  1. Applications will open in late June 2020.
  2. The application form must be completed by the fellow, postdoctoral researchers, or other candidates, and submitted online to start your candidacy.
  3. Upon receipt of a completed application form, your nominator will receive a nomination form by email. The nomination form must be completed by the fellowship program director (fellows) or by a primary mentor (postdoctoral fellows).
  4. All application forms and nomination forms must be completed in their entirety and submitted by Friday, August 7, 2020, for your candidacy to be considered.
  5. The AES Fellows and Junior Investigators Professional Development Committee will select the Fellows Program participants. Notifications will be sent out via email by the end of August.
  6. If you have applied to be an AES Fellow, please do not register for the 2020 Annual Meeting until you have been notified whether you have been accepted to the AES Fellows Program.  Notifications will be sent in time for you to receive the early-bird registration pricing for the AES Annual Meeting if your application is not selected.

Questions? Email Jennifer Brummet at grants@aesnet.org

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.