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ISN Fellowship Program for Developing Countries, 2021

International Society of Nephrology is pleased to offer an ISN fellowship program for developing countries. ISN Fellows receive hands-on training in advanced host institutions.  ISN Fellows receive hands-on training in advanced host institutions.

The ISN program provides relevant and contemporary nephrology training to physicians from emerging countries, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards of care in the fellows’ home countries upon their return and to help them become leaders in their fields.

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If applicants can answer positively all these questions, applicants are ready to proceed with their application.

  • At least 30 years of age (If applicants are over 40, they may only apply for a short-term fellowship – even so over 45 years, applicants may not be successful).
  • Applicants living and working in a developing country (low or medium economy according to the World Bank criteria).
  • ISN Fellows receive hands-on training in advanced host institutions, allowing them to acquire state-of-the-art knowledge in basic and clinical nephrology, dialysis, transplantation, and epidemiology. The training focuses on providing the exact skills and knowledge specifically required by the home institution.
  • Have applicants received basic training in nephrology in their home country
  • Are they nominated by a Home Mentor and their Home Institution who guarantees they reemployment once training has been completed
  • Can applicants be recommended by two senior nephrologists in their home country
  • They endorsed by the national society of nephrology in their home country. If applicants are applying from a country where there is no nephrology practice, applicants can apply for training only if they have governmental or institutional support to set up a nephrology program upon their return.
  • Have applicants identified an appropriate Host Mentor and Institution with whom they have agreed on a suitable training plan
  • Does applicants training plan reflect the skills and knowledge that are required by their Home Institution and which they can implement on their return
  • Can applicants understand and communicate in the host country’s language
  • Are they willing to guarantee their return to their home country within three months of completing the training (Otherwise, all funds received from ISN must be refunded)
  • Citizens of emerging countries can apply for these fellowships.

List of Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, The, Guinea, Guinea-Bisau, Haiti, Kenya, Korea, Dem Rep., Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo, Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Arab Rep., El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Kosovo, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Rep., Zambia, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Hungry, Iran, Islamic Rep., Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, FYR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Peru, Romania, Serbia,  Seychelles, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu and Venezuela

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How to Apply

To apply: The completed and duly signed application form.

  • The completed and duly signed Host Institution ID form
  • An acceptance letter from the Host Institution.
  • A Curriculum vitae (CV) of a maximum of 3 pages.
  • Applicant’s letter and training plan describing the goals and objectives and how the training will benefit and impact the Home country and Institution (250 words).
  • A nomination letter from your Home Institution Director detailing the required type of training and explicitly stating adherence to the Declaration of Istanbul.
  • A letter by relevant local society leader describing the number of nephrologists in the home country, current education opportunities and how the training might impact the local nephrology standards.
  • A letter from your Home Institution guaranteeing re-employment.
  • Two recommendation letters from nephrologists in your Home Institution (or
  • A photocopy of your passport or identity document.
  • Admission Requirements: To apply for the program, applicants must have academic qualifications (level of training possibilities within home country and applicant’s qualifications to undertake proposed training plan) and Evidence for relevance and need for this training by the Home institution (clinical skills of specific research techniques).
  • Language Requirement: Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.


  • The total sum of the grant is in alignment with the length of the training and varies according to the anticipated expenses in the host country, as per World Bank data.
  • Grants are intended to cover, or offset, all costs related to the award, including travel, accommodation and living expenses.
  • The grant is intended to cover the expenses of the fellow, not his/her family.

Application Deadline: May 1.

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