NCS is pleased to announce a training fellowship for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other neurocritical care providers. This program was envisioned due to the high demand for clinical services, struggle for departmental support, and difficulty establishing mentorship relationships for young practitioners that makes the pursuit of research careers difficult.  The direct goal of this program is to foster the development of close mentorship ties, protection of research time, pursuit of research training, and generation of preliminary data necessary to apply for additional scientist development training grants. This program is therefore aimed at promising applicants who are seeking a career in clinical or translational research in neurocritical care and ultimately wish to become independent investigators. Unlike longer training programs, this program is focused on identifying a single year that will allow the time and support to compete effectively for longer training opportunities.  It is expected that at the end of the project, the trainee will be in the process of submitting applications for national, peer-reviewed funding mechanisms to continue the research and research training.

NCS has the stated mission to foster clinical, experimental, and outcomes research focused on developing innovative and cost-effective medical and surgical interventions for acute neurological disorders. Although any research pertaining to acute central nervous system (CNS) injuries or critical care will be considered, special weight will be given to projects that relate directly to issues important to patients with neurological critical illness.

Requirements & Eligibility


  1. An identified mentor who is an established investigator with independent funding.
  2. Protected research time by the applicant’s department of at least 75%.
  3. Career training/development program with specific goals
  4. Identified research project
  5. Clear evidence of institutional support to cover salary gap and research costs.



  1. For the purpose of this fellowship, research is defined as patient-oriented research conducted with human subjects, or translational research specifically designed to develop treatments or enhance diagnosis of neurocritical care illnesses. These areas of research include epidemiologic or behavioral studies, clinical trials, studies of disease mechanisms, the development of new technologies, and health services and outcomes research.
  2. The applicant must be an NCS member in good standing (regardless of nationality or country of residency)) interested in an academic career with independent research funding. The award is available for members in all disciplines (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, PhD researchers, etc.) but is meant for early career individuals (within 5 years of completion of terminal degree or training).  For physicians, this is best suited to add a supplemental year to fellowship training before entering the first academic position.  For other applicants, this award may more likely be used to remove clinical responsibilities for an existing position.


The fellowship will be awarded to one (1) applicant for one (1) post-graduate year.  Although applicants in-training may apply, the award year is not to be used during years of training (NCC fellowship, NP school, PharmD residency, etc.).  $70,000 of support for the applicant including salary and research +10% indirect cost to the institution will be awarded.  The award is not intended to cover all the costs for the fellowship year.  It is expected that the sponsoring institution contributes time and additional research/salary support.  Supplementation of the stipend with other grants or by the sponsoring institution is permissible, but fellows may not accept other fellowships, similar awards, or have another source of support for more than 50 percent of their salary. The stipend cannot be used to support clinical fellowship, graduate school or residency training. Funding initiation is flexible to begin from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2018 depending on the applicant’s situation.

Application & Evaluation Procedure

In order to limit applicant effort, the applicants are asked to submit a two (2) page letter of intent by January 1, 2017.

The letter should include:

  1. A description of the applicant’s goals for a research career and their qualifications for beginning training in research.
  2. A concise description of the project and a strategy for completing the proposed project.
  3. Identification of a mentor(s) including the mention of the mentor’s qualifications and area of expertise.  A description of how the mentor’s expertise will tie into the project should be included if the mentor’s area of research is dissimilar from the project. Mentors can be located at any institution as along as a clear mentorship plan is outlined.
  4. A strategy for transitioning this work to a longer training grant opportunity.

A letter of support (1 page) from the applicant’s department chair expressing support for the terms of fellowship should accompany the applicant’s letter-of-intent.

Letters of intent will be reviewed by a Research Training Task Force to select applicants who will be invited to submit a full proposal.

LOI Submission Now Open

Letters of intent and supporting letter must be received by midnight (CST) January 1, 2017. Notification to prospective applicants to submit a full proposal will be on or before February 1, 2017. Final funding decisions and notifications will be announced at the 2017 Neurocritical Care Annual Meeting.

All letters must be submitted to the Neurocritical Care Society at 330 N Wabash Ave. Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60610 or emailed to

Questions?  Contact Committee Chair: 
Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc, FNCS (