Benefits and Eligibility
There are numerous opportunities for formal instruction at the NIH. Clinical Fellows are encouraged to take formal coursework in the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research and Principles of Clinical Pharmacology, as well as workshops in grant writing, statistics, and career development skills. NINDS hosts weekly seminars in basic and clinical neuroscience. The nineteen institutes of the NIH present seminars every week on a wide variety of medical and scientific topics. Trans-institute interest groups provide a forum for interacting with top scientists and clinicians in areas outside neurology.
Clinical Fellows entering at the PGY5 level are paid a salary of about $70,000 and supplement for taking in-house call ($15-25,000, depending on number of Fellows participating). Salary increases are determined annually by Federal guidelines. Fellows receive Federal employee health insurance and benefits.
In addition to Branch-funded fellowship slots, there are competitive funding mechanisms available for intramural post-doctoral clinical fellowships. This includes K-99, K-22, Lasker, and Transition awards. These awards provide funding for the fellowship training and for transition toward an independent academic faculty position. NINDS also has a loan repayment program available on a competitive basis for Clinical Fellows to repay educational debts.
To be eligible for clinical fellowships, physicians must have completed an accredited residency training program and hold an unrestricted U.S. License (or be in the process of applying for a license that will be issued within one year of the starting date). Residents in accredited neurosurgery residency programs may be eligible for fellowships on a case-by-case basis prior to completing residency training.