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Grants, Fellowships and Awards

A number of grants, fellowships and awards are available to residents, fellows and medical students pursuing a career in neurosurgical research and/or practice.

To support these non-governmental sources of research funding, consider a contribution to the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF).


Residents, Fellows and Medical Students

Awarded to the highest-rated presentations in four categories presented at the Young Neurosurgeons Research Forum during the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Medical Students

Fellowships in the amount of $2,500 are awarded to medical students who wish to spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory, mentored by a neurosurgical investigator sponsor who is an AANS member.



Open to residents only, NREF Research Grants (one year and up to $40,000) provide training for neurosurgeons who are preparing for academic careers as clinician investigators.

Junior Faculty

This award provides up to $40,000 to support junior faculty who are pursuing careers as clinical investigators and who are no more than two years removed from training.


Senior Residents

The fellowship provides up to $120,000 for travel to a foreign country to a senior resident intending to pursue an academic career in neurosurgery.

Surgeons Ages 30-60

This scholarship is open to members in good standing of both the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and AANS, subsidizing a course in health policy management.


Neurosurgeons Training or Practicing in a Developing Country

This observational fellowship allows up to three month’s travel to a sponsoring North American institution.

Residents/Fellows/Medical Students

The winner will be invited to give a 15-minute presentation at the Military Sub-committee meeting.