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2022-23 NREF Clinical Fellowship Grants

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As a premier funder of neurosurgical studies, the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) focuses on providing fellowship funding in basic neuroscience and neurosurgical programs in North America.

For the 2022-23 academic year, the NREF will accept applications in all subspecialties. Fellowships will be awarded based on available funding at the conclusion of the application period.

General Information

  • Objective - The objective of the fellowship grant is to fund post-residency clinical fellowships in the specialty of neurosurgery
  • Period of Fellowship - One year, beginning July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023
  • Amount of Fellowship Grant - Fully-funded fellowship grants are awarded at $75,000, but may be awarded in lesser amounts depending on available support. The grant is intended to cover the salary and benefits for the fellow first and some, if not all, related non-salary direct costs. Fellowship funds may not be used for indirect fellowship costs.
  • Deadline - The deadline to submit an application is: 11:59pm, Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
  • Background Information - For a program overview, please visit the NREF website at https://www.nref.org/education/clinical-fellowship-grants


  • Any academic institution or group practice with an established neurosurgery residency program in North America that qualifies as a non-profit, charitable entity may apply.
  •  A for-profit entity is not eligible unless affiliated with a non-profit entity.

Required Documentation

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) certification for neurosurgery residency program or the Canadian equivalent.
  • Institution must provide proof of qualification as a non-profit, charitable entity (IRS determination letter).
  • Certificate letter indicating CAST accreditation for neurologic surgery fellowship.
    • In the event the institution has applied for CAST accreditation, but has not yet received CAST accreditation, please submit a copy of the CAST accreditation request with the application.
    • NREF strongly encourages institutions to be accredited by CAST, but exceptions may be considered by the selection committee.

Fellowship Funding - Overlap/Duplicate Funding

Funding for a fellowship awarded by the NREF through this clinical fellowship grant program cannot be duplicated by any other outside funding source but can be used to supplement fellowship costs up to the full cost of the fellowship. If the institution receives funding from another source for a fellowship awarded by NREF through this program, the institution’s Fellowship Program Director must notify the NREF immediately. Notification must be sent to NREF by email to info@nref.org.

Notification of Award

The foundation expects to notify each applicant via email by April 15, 2022. However, public announcement will be contingent upon receipt of written confirmation from applicants. The Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to extend the date for it to provide notification of awards.

Fiscal Policies and Reports

  • Fellowship grant payments will be made in three (3) increments:
    • 50% by the start of the fellowship (July 2022),
    • 40% in January 2023, and
    • 10% after final reports are received (see below)
  • An interim summary report is required to be submitted by the fellow describing his/her experience along with a current accounting of funds within 180 days of the start of the fellowship
  •  A final summary report is required to be submitted by the fellow describing his/her experience along with a final accounting of funds. These reports are due within 40 days of the conclusion of the fellowship.
  • Ten percent (10%) of the grant funds will be withheld until the reports referenced above are received by the NREF. Upon receipt of both reports, the remaining withheld funds will be sent to the grantee institution.
  • At the conclusion of the fellowships, any unexpended balance of $100 or more must be refunded to the Foundation within forty-five (45) days together with the report of expenditures and accompanying documentation.
  • All final reports must be submitted electronically to NREF at info@nref.org.
  • Separate accounting of the fellowship grant funds should be maintained at the receiving institution. These accounts, with appropriate and related invoices and payroll information, must be available at all times to NREF representatives.
  • The grantee may terminate a fellowship grant prior to the planned expiration date by notifying the NREF in writing and stating the reasons for termination. Unexpended funds must be returned to the NREF within sixty (60) days, together with a final report of expenditures. The NREF reserves the right to terminate fellowship grants at any time if the grantee violates the terms and conditions of the grant.

Policy on Delinquent Financial/Research Reports

  • The Foundation reserves the right to deny additional fellowship grants to any institution where, after proper notification, a fellow has not submitted his/her final reports, and/or the financial officer has not submitted the final report of expenses, as required by NREF.
  • The NREF will not issue final payments to institutions until both reports are received.


  • The NREF encourages publication of research findings by fellows, but requires that the NREF is cited as a source of support on the first page of the text.
  • When a fellow presents a paper at a professional scientific meeting concerning research findings made during the course of an NREF funded fellowship, the NREF must be cited prior to the beginning of the presentation.
  • The NREF should be sent reprints of all papers and publications, including any electronic papers or publications, resulting from work done during the course of a fellowship, even those that appear after the fellowship has concluded.
  • The citation should appear in the Acknowledgements section as follows:

This work is supported by the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (2022-23 Clinical Fellowship Grant).