Grants & Fellowship
Grants and Fellowships

The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship was established by the estate of Dr. Van Wagenen, who was one of the founders and the first President of the Harvey Cushing Society, now the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

In considering what contribution of a permanent nature he might make to neurosurgery, Dr. Van Wagenen chose to provide support to a post neurosurgical resident for foreign travel for scientific enrichment, prior to beginning an academic career in neurological surgery. The Van Wagenen Fellowship was designed to give freedom in scientific development without the restrictive limitations usually imposed by many research grants and fellowships.

Provided by the Fellowship

  • Up to $120,000 stipend for living and travel expenses to a foreign country for a period of 12 months.
  • A family travel and living allowance of $6,000 is available if spouse and/or children are accompanying the Fellow.
  • $15,000 of research support is available to the University, hospital or laboratory, which has agreed to sponsor the Van Wagenen Fellow.
  • If needed, $5,000 is available for medical insurance.

How to Apply

Application should be submitted with letters of reference, including one from the applicant's Program Director. A letter from the proposed sponsor and documentation of intent to pursue an academic career, while not required, will strengthen the application.

The Van Wagenen Selection Committee will consider the originality and quality of the applicant's proposal, the thoroughness with which the plan for a period abroad has been designed, personal attributes, and the quality of the research environment. Recommendations from the candidate's previous sponsors and fellowship sponsors are important.

This year, applications will be available to senior residents in their PGY6 and PGY7. There will be two applications from which to choose - academic year 2017-2018 or 2018-2019.  You may only apply for one of these years. The Committee determined that to facilitate future planning for the institution and the fellow, applications for both years will be available from August 1, 2016 to October 1, 2016. Visit the online application portal at using your AANS login.

Announcement of Fellowship Awardee

By January 15, 2017 the Chairman of the Van Wagenen Selection Committee will notify the winning applicants. One fellowship will take place from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 and the other will take place from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. A formal announcement of the awards will be made at the 2017 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Click here for a Yearbook of Past Van Wagenen Fellows

For questions about this AANS fellowship offered through the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF), please contact our office at 847.378.0500 or by email at

If you would like to make a donation to the William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship Fund, please contact Joanne Bonaminio at (847) 378-0541 or

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