CNF Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

CNF Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

$3,500 Summer Scholarship For Medical Students

The 2021 application window is now closed. Thank you to all who applied; the 2021 recipient will be announced in May. 

The Child Neurology Foundation is awarding one summer clinical research scholarship for a first- or second-year U.S. or Canadian medical student who has an interest in training as a child neurologist.

The scholarship supports clinical research in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities in children, conducted under the direction of a child neurology/NDD subspecialist during summer break.

The selected applicant will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support his or her research project.

How To Apply:

Apply via email to the Child Neurology Foundation by April 12, 2021.

Email Address:
Subject Line: Child Neurology Foundation NDD Scholarship

What To Include In Your Application:

Applications should not exceed five pages (including the cover letter) and should include the following:

  • A cover letter with complete applicant contact information (name, email, phone, address), mentor contact information (name, title, email, phone, address), project title
  • The hypothesis to be tested
  • A description of the proposed methods
  • Goals of the project
  • The feasibility of the proposal
  • The facilities to be utilized

In addition, the application must also include a letter from the child neurology/NDD mentor agreeing to sponsor the student and oversee the project. The letter should specify that the mentor will be responsible for ethical conduct of research and for obtaining, if necessary, Institutional Review Board approval of the research.

All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by May 18, 2021

The recipient and mentor are each responsible for providing a summary of the research and the mentor-mentee experience to the Child Neurology Foundation by September 10, 2021

Have questions about the NDD Scholarship?

If you have any questions about the NDD Scholarship or need help with your application, please email us at

2021 NDD Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Cole Deisseroth, a first-year medical student in the Medical Scientist Training Program of Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).

He is working with Dr. Hsiao-Tuan Chao at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital and BCM on a study of Early B-Cell Factor 3 (EBF3)-related Hypotonia, Ataxia, and Delayed Development Syndrome (HADDS) to elucidate the genotype-phenotype spectrum and correlate developmental delays with variant type and location.

His research interest is to combine natural language processing with machine learning to automatically identify important information from written documents with high efficiency and accuracy, use this information to guide clinical and scientific investigation, and accelerate disease diagnosis, outcome assessment, and therapeutic development for childhood neurodevelopmental disorders.

Past NDD Scholarship Recipients

2020 Recipient

Congratulations to Ms. Camille Corre, a second year medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Ms. Corre received a $3,500 scholarship to support her research project titled: Investigating Corical/Cerebral Visual Impairment and Visual Processing Deficits in Cerebral Andrenoleukodystrophy.

Camille Corre’s motivation for studying childhood-onset neurological disease is inspired by longstanding experience working with young people with disabilities in a rehabilitative setting, academic experiences in clinical research on rare neurological diseases, and a family history of facing a neurodegenerative diagnosis. For six summers throughout high school and college, she worked at the Massachusetts Hospital School (now the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children), a long-term residential school and hospital setting for children and young adults with disabilities. She completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Chemistry at the University of Chicago. She then spent two years as a clinical research coordinator studying conditions like X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) in the Center for Rare Neurological Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. In child neurology, she is struck by the overlap between providing rehabilitative/palliative care that maximizes existing quality of life, and the development of neurologic interventions that fundamentally change disease courseDuring the summer of 2020, with support from the NDD scholarship, Camille explored the cortical visual impairment and visual processing deficits seen in early cerebral ALD. As the therapeutic landscape of so many childhood neurological diseases like ALD rapidly changes, Camille looks forward to caring for patients across the phenotypic spectrum and empowering them to embrace their abilities. 

2019: Ms. Emily Isenstein – University of Rochester
Research Title: Differentiation and Integration of Visual and Proprioceptive Information in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

2018: Ms. Brittany Charsar – Thomas Jefferson University
Research Title: Classification of Mutations in TUBB4A: A New Spectrum of Disease.

2017: Mr. Benjamin Morgan – The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto
Research Title: The impact of hypoperfusion on brain development and neuro evelopmental outcome in children with Moyamoya disease.

2016: Ms. Ashley Bach – University of California San Francisco
Research Title: White matter injury and brain development in preterm newborns and neurodevelopmental outcome at school age

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