Early Career Funding

Fueled by the commitment to developing the next generation of epilepsy investigators and realizing our vision of eradicating epilepsy, the American Epilepsy Society is one of the largest non-governmental funders for those starting careers in epilepsy research. 

AES research dollars support trainees, fellows, and newly-independent investigators working across the full spectrum of epilepsy research, from basic science through translational and clinical research for all types of epilepsies, seizures, and related conditions. 

These grants are made possible by the generosity of AES members, funding partners, and philanthropic donations to the Susan S. Spencer Fund for clinical research fellowships and the Lennox and Lombroso Trust for research grants and fellowships. 

Funding Opportunities

  • Predoctoral Research Fellowships
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
  • Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians
  • Junior Investigator Research Awards
  • Susan Spencer Clinical Research Fellowship
  • Epilepsy Foundation Clinical Research Apprenticeship, administered by AES (check back in summer 2021 to learn whether this award will be offered for 2022) can we just remove this entirely?
  • Epilepsy Study Consortium Mini-Grant

Supporters and Contributing Partners

In addition to funding from AES, funding may be available from partner organizations for the Predoctoral, Postdoctoral, Research and Training Fellowships for Clinicians, and Junior Investigator Research Awards.

Some partners will support a proposal in full, with money earmarked for a quality proposal that aligns with their priorities. Other partners will help to support a proposal that aligns with their priorities if it competes successfully for AES co-funding.