Grants & Fellowship
Grants and Fellowships

The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship

Yearbook of Past Van Wagenen Fellows
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Yearbook of Past Van Wagenen Fellows
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Yearbook of Past Van Wagenen Fellows
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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.

The Van Wagenen Fellowship was designed to provide freedom in scientific development without the restrictive limitations usually imposed by many research grants and fellowships.

  • $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.

Congratulations to the 2015 William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship recipient: Ausaf Bari, MD, PhD

To read more about the 2015 Van Wagenen Fellowship recipient, click here.

The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship Collegium would like to acknowledge and fondly remember its deceased members

Richard M. Bergland, MD, 1968 Past Fellow
M. Peter Heilbrun, MD, 1970 Past Fellows
Joan L. Venes, MD, 1973 Past Fellow
W. Michael Vise, MD, 1974 Past Fellow


If you have any questions about the fellowship offered through the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, please feel free to contact our office at 847-378-0500 or by email at nref@aans.org.


"The Van Wagenen Fellowship remains the most recognized and prestigious award that can be attained by a resident aspiring to become an academic neurosurgeon. For me the Van Wagenen Fellowship provided opportunities and a perspective on neurosurgery that have lasted a lifetime."

William F. Chandler, MD William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship Committee Chairman and 1977 Van Wagenen Fellow