The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship

Funding Agency:
American Association of Neurological Surgeons

The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship was established by the estate of Dr. Van Wagenen, one of the founders and the first President of the Harvey Cushing Society, now the AANS.

Following his neurosurgical residency with Harvey Cushing, Dr. Van Wagenen traveled and studied in Europe, broadening his knowledge of neurological surgery and the related basic sciences. This was done at the recommendation of Dr. Cushing, much as Cushing had done, following the example of Sir William Osler.

In considering what permanent contribution he might make to neurosurgery, Dr. Van Wagenen chose to support foreign travel for scientific enrichment. The Van Wagenen Fellowship was designed to give freedom in scientific development without the restrictive limitations usually imposed by many research grants and fellowships.


Deadline: Oct. 1, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

The fellowship is open to all senior neurosurgical residents (PGY6 & PGY7) in approved neurosurgery residency programs whose intent is to pursue an academic career in neurological surgery. It is offered strictly as a post-residency fellowship.

Amount Description

The fellowship provides up to a $120,000 stipend for living and travel expenses to a foreign country for a period of twelve months; a $6,000 stipend for family travel and living allowance is available if the spouse and/or children are accompanying the fellow; and $5,000 is available for medical insurance if needed. One award per year is typically given

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

October 1, 2022