Research Grant Opportunities
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Research Grant Opportunities
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Since 2001, we have awarded over $4.1 million dollars in research funding and scholarships to child neurologists, medical students and researchers who are working on treatments and cures for pediatric neurologic diseases.

We are so pleased to share that we have FOUR scholarships available for U.S. and Canadian medical students for 2022 including the brand-new Dr. Kenneth F. Swaiman Medical Student Scholarship.

For Medical Students – now closed

2022 Dr. Kenneth F. Swaiman Medical Student Scholarship 
To honor the legacy of Dr. Swaiman and his contribution to child neurology, the Child Neurology Foundation’s (CNF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the establishment of the Dr. Kenneth F. Swaiman Medical Student Scholarship thanks to the support of his wife and pediatric neurologist Dr. Phyllis Sher.

Administered annually beginning in May 2022, the $5,000 summer research scholarship will be given to each of three (3) U.S. or Canadian medical students who have an interest in exploring a career in child neurology. Travel expenses up to $1,000 will be provided to attend the annual Child Neurology Society meeting. The award will be open to second- or third-year medical students for a basic or clinical research project in child neurology conducted under the direction of a child neurologist.

2022 Child Neurology Foundation Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDD)  Summer Research Scholarship
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 to be conducted under the direction of a child neurology/NDD subspecialist during the 2022 summer break. Selected applicant will receive $3,500 scholarship to support a research project.

Please carefully review the eligibility criteria and application requirements. Applications are now closed and candidates will be notified by May 17, 2022.

For Child Neurologists – open!

PERF Elterman Research Grant – closed

The PERF Elterman Research Grant grant supports clinical or basic science research by a child neurologist or developmental pediatrician early in his/her academic career. The selected investigator will receive a $150,000 grant of $75,000 per year for two years. Applicants must be a member of the Child Neurology Society.

PERF Shields Research Grant  – closed

The PERF Shields Research Grant supports translational or clinical research by a child neurologist or developmental pediatrician early in his/her academic career. The selected investigator will receive a $150,000 grant of $75,000 per year for two years. Applicants must be a member of the Child Neurology Society.

Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award

The Philip R. Dodge Young Investigator Award is an award for basic science or clinical research by accomplished young investigators who are members of the Child Neurology Society.

These awards and grants for child neurologists are supported by the Child Neurology Society and the Child Neurology Foundation, and are offered to members of the Society.

Dr. Kenneth Swaiman, one of the nation’s first pediatric neurologists, founded the Child Neurology Society in 1972 and established the Child Neurology Foundation in 2001. While the Society is the professional organization for the nation’s pediatric neurologists, the Foundation is committed to serving as a connective center of education and support for children and their families living with neurologic conditions.

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