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To create a world without kidney diseases, the ASN Alliance for Kidney Health elevates care by educating and informing, driving breakthroughs and innovation, and advocating for policies that create transformative changes in kidney medicine throughout the world.

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Nephrology Fellows

Fellows: Grants & Funding

Grants are available to support Fellows for travel to meetings, research funding, and educational loan repayment. Grant sources include the National Institutes of Health, non-profit organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. This page lists several of the most common sources of grant funding for Nephrology Fellows but Fellows and Mentors are encouraged to seek additional sources that may be available.

Travel Support for ASN Meetings

Travel support is available to fellows for selected ASN meetings. For information on these opportunities, click here.

Fellow Research Opportunities

ASN Fellowship Grants

The goal of ASN's Ben J. Lipps Research Fellowship Program is to fund fellows to conduct original, meritorious research projects. This program will foster, under the direction of a sponsor, the training of fellows who are highly motivated to make contributions to the understanding of kidney biology and disease.

National Institutes of Health

F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships

F32 awards are given to individual fellows for research training. Individuals may receive up to 3 years of funding. Funding largely supports salary at the NIH-approved PGY level, along with some tuition, fee insurance and other support. Fellows must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S., or possess a Permanent Resident Card. Further information is available here.

U2C/TL1 Institutional Network Awards

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to invite new Institutional Network Awards (U2C/TL1) to cultivate a highly integrated cohort of trainees and early career investigators and to develop career development resources to accelerate kidney, urologic, and hematologic research. To maximize integration and promote a true trainee community, Institutions are invited to submit a single, unified U2C/TL1 application to engage, recruit, prepare, and sustain the next generation of kidney, urology, and hematology researchers. Applications covering a single metropolitan area are strongly encouraged. Further information is available here.

NIH Career Development (K) Awards

NIDDK encourages K applications from postdoctoral fellows (MD, PhD, or equivalent) after they have completed usually no more than 5 years of postdoctoral research, with the exception of the K24. Further information is available here.

Non-governmental, Non-industry Organizations

Fellow Grants PDF

Industry Support

A number of pharmaceutical companies offer fellowship grants. However, given the increasing scrutiny of the academic-industry relationship with regard to conflict of interest, the nature of this funding may change. TheseInformation on the currently available programs, all of which are independent of ASN, and may be found at the following websites. This information is provided as a service to the fellows; it does not constitute endorsement by ASN.

Loan Repayment Programs

ASN Loan Mitigation Pilot Program

The ASN Loan Mitigation Pilot Program is a five-year pilot program aimed to decrease the loan burden of those entering the field of nephrology, while also increasing interest in the specialty. ASN has committed $2,700,000 to reaching those who are considering nephrology as a career. Information about the pilot program is available here.

NIH Loan Repayment Program

Institutional Loan Repayment Programs

Many institutions have loan repayment programs, which provide medical school debt relief to junior faculty in exchange for agreement to be an academic faculty member at the institution for a certain period of time. Check with your Department of Medicine office to see if such a program is available.