ISPD SCHOLARSHIPS (Fellowship Program)

Application Deadlines: 31 March and 30 September each year

Aim

The purpose of the scholarship is to promote peritoneal dialysis by encouraging eligible individuals to extend their knowledge and expertise in peritoneal dialysis by visiting, for a period of up to 3 months, an established PD center with experience in training new PD specialists.

The Scholarships and Awards Committee reviews the applications with respect to merit, appropriateness, facility to be visited, the supervising physician/trainer at the facility, and geographic distribution of applicants. Preference is given to promotion of peritoneal dialysis in developing countries.

Duration and Amount of the Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded for a maximum amount of $5000, for up to 3 months of study. The funds are to be used to support travel and living expenses and for educational expenses during the visit to the host institution.

The training should normally take place within 12 months after the communication of the scholarship award to the successful candidate. However, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemics. we recommend applicantes to select dates in the second half of 2021. Any change of date after the selection requires the applicant to communicate the reasons for the delay and to receive permission from ISPD.

Scholarships for periods shorter than 6 weeks will be considered if applicants have specific and defined goals and objectives that they would like to pursue at a host institution. Funding will be pro-rated accordingly.

ISPD Fellowships will be subject to travel feasibility. COVID-19 related travel restrictions can allow ISPD to limit travel to certain regions on certain dates, decided case per case. An alternative location or date will be agreed with the applicant when possible.

Choosing the destination

Choosing your Fellowship destination is vital to ensure the success of your training. We recommend you choose the destination based on the similarities between your home institution and your destination; the language of training; the training program agreed with your destination; travel connections.

The ISPD has compiled a List of PD Reference Centers with all the relevant information. You can browse to the list to find a center that matches with your needs. Please choose and contact ONLY ONE CENTER AT A TIME, and if for whatever reason, you cannot agree on a stay in your first option, you can contact a second center. Contacting several centers at a time only results in confusion and waste of time for leading doctors who are already extremely busy. Because of COVID-19 response from the centers can be delayed, therefore we advise applicants to contact the centers as soon as possible.

Please contact ISPD at admin@ispd.org if you want more information, or in case you want to add your reference center to the list.

Application Process

Scholarships are awarded annually in 2 rounds (May and November). The deadlines for applications are 31 March and 30 September. Applicants have to submit a completed (1) application form [word][pdf], together with (2) an application letter justifying the application, (3) a curriculum vitae, a (4) letter of acceptance from the institution to be visited, and  (5) a letter from the home institution director / supervisor supporting the application. All this information has to be submitted via e-mail to admin@ispd.org before the end of the deadline.

Applicants should clearly specify the duration and intent of their visitfuture plans after the visit, and the rationale for the amount of funding requested.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM
[Word version]           [PDF version]

Applications should be sent to:

ISPD Secretariat
E-mail: admin@ispd.org

Eligibility

ISPD members as well as non-members may apply.

Applications are encouraged from developing countries*. From developed countries*, only individuals younger than 40 years of age are eligible.

* Developing countries as defined in the list for Institutional Membership.

Completion of the Fellowship

Successful recipients are expected to submit a brief summary of their experience within 3 months after completion of the visit and how their experience will assist them on their return to their home institution and country. The report should be sent to the Chair of the ISPD Scholarship and Awards Committee at admin@ispd.org within 3 months after the end of the visit, to be eligible to receive the full funding.

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