Grants and Fellowships

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

Donald O. Quest Awards

For 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.

NREF Research Grants

For Residents

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.

NREF Medical Student Summer Fellowship

For 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.

Young Clinician Investigator Award

For 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.

William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship

For 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.

Academic Fellowship Directory

Explore North American neurosurgical fellowships through our Academic Fellowship Directory. Each fellowship is linked to additional information to help you research or contact specific programs.

Donate to the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF)

Donations help fund cutting-edge research and develop the next generation of neurosurgeons to provide the highest quality of patient care.