CNF Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

CNF Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD) Summer Research Scholarship

$3,500 Summer Scholarship For Medical Students

The 2023 application window is now OPEN. Applications must be submitted by March 19.

The Child Neurology Foundation announces the availability of (1) one summer clinical research scholarship for a first- or second-year US or Canadian medical student who has an interest in training in neurodevelopmental disabilities or child neurology.

The award will be made for clinical research focused in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities in children or young adults to be conducted under the direction of a child neurology/NDD subspecialist during the 2023 summer break. Selected applicant will receive a $3,500 scholarship to support the research project.

Applications will be evaluated in the following areas: Importance to neurodevelopmental disabilities, originality of hypotheses, merit of proposed approach, project supports medical student’s development.

To learn more about the field of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities as a medical specialty, please visit:


Applications should not exceed five pages (including the cover letter) using a double-spaced, Arial, 11 pt, o.5” margin format 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 for 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.


Applications must be submitted by March 19, 2023. Only emailed applications will be accepted. Confirmation of receipt will be sent to all applicants. If confirmation is not received within 2 business days, please call Allyson Eyermann at 888.417.3435. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of child neurology and neurodevelopmental faculty. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by May 17.

The recipient and mentor are each responsible for providing a summary of the research and the mentor-mentee experience to the Child Neurology Foundation via email by September 1.

Have questions about the NDD Scholarship?

If you have any questions about the NDD Scholarship or need help with your application, please contact:

Allyson Eyermann, CNF Operations Manager
[email protected] 

2022 NDD Scholarship Recipient

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Congratulations to Dominic Julian, a MD/PhD candidate at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

When asked about his career goals, Dominic had the following to say:

“My fascination with the brain began in high school with my younger sister’s traumatic brain injury and continued through my master’s degree when I watched my grandfather struggle with Alzheimer’s. While working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University before matriculating to medical school, I became inspired by the time I spent working with children receiving gene therapy for neuromuscular disorders, as well as the time I spent in the research lab using stem cells to model neurodegenerative and developmental conditions such as epilepsy. Seeing the synergistic impact that scientists could make in the lab and that the physicians and healthcare team could make clinically made me incredibly excited about becoming a physician-scientist within the field of child neurology. As an MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, I am thrilled to continue pursuing these dreams of mine. No matter which specialty involving the brain I end up deciding to enter following medical school, I hope to blend my time as a scientist and physician both during and beyond residency. I would love to lead a translational research lab to better understand neurological disorders where our questions and focuses are framed by the patients whom I would be incredibly privileged to take care of as a doctor.”


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