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NREF Announces 2020-21 Recipients of Clinical Fellowship Grants

As the premier funder of neurosurgical studies and education, the NREF focuses on providing fellowship funding in basic neuroscience and neurosurgical programs in North America.

With support from DePuy Synthes, Globus Medical, Medtronic, NuVasive, Olympus and Varian Medical Systems, the NREF will provide funding to nineteen (19) institutions through the Foundation’s NREF Clinical Fellowship Grants program.

“The NREF is grateful to our industry partners who continue to support the NREF in its mission to ensure that tomorrow’s neurosurgical leaders receive leading-edge training to expand their knowledge and improve patient care,” says NREF Fellowship Committee Chair Charles L. Branch, Jr., MD, FAANS.

The following institutions have been awarded fellowships for the 2021-22 academic year:


  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Rhode Island Hospital
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • University of Texas-Southwestern
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Washington University (St. Louis)

Neuro-oncology Indiana University

Stereotactic Radiosurgery University of Alabama-Birmingham

The application for the 2022-23 NREF Clinical Fellowship Grants will be available through the NREF Online Grant Portal beginning October 1, 2021.

For more information about grant and fellowship programs, contact NREF at 847.378.0500 or