AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section Traveling Fellowship

As the premier funder of neurosurgical studies, the NREF is pleased to offer the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section Traveling Fellowship.

The fellowship allows a practicing CAST-certified neurointerventionalist (of any specialty) to visit a high-volume cerebrovascular center to complete a one-week observership. Travel, housing and a modest honorarium are included.

This type of observership, while once common, has become more difficult to arrange. However, the rapid evolution of the field and the increase in the number of cerebrovascular centers has created a need for this valuable knowledge-sharing program.

  • Eligibility Criteria: This fellowship is open to U.S. or Canadian fellowship-trained cerebrovascular/endovascular specialists board certified in his/her specialty and holding a CAST certificate in neuroendovascular surgery or the ability to demonstrate significant open cerebrovascular experience and practice. The applicant must have practiced independently for at least five years and is a dues-paying member in good standing of the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section or the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS).
  • Host: Any practice that demonstrates significant volumes and outcomes in the area that the applicant is seeking experience can act as host. Evidence that the practice is a CAST-approved fellowship training program may be used as an indicator of such practice focus, but may not be sufficient.

The selection committee and/or officers of the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section review the applications and reserve the right to make a final decision regarding the eligibility of a specific applicant or host.

For additional information, visit NREF Grants & Fellowships online or contact the NREF team at info@nref.org.

Congratulations to the 2021 AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Traveling Fellowship Awardees:

  • Ramesh Grandhi, MD, FAANS
    Host Institution: Bicetre Hospital - Paris Saclay University

  • Ben Waldau, MD, FAANS
    Host Institution: Barrow Neurological Institute
  • The AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section Traveling Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of:


    Past Fellowship Recipients


    Grahame C. Gould, MD, FAANS
    Andrew W. Grande, MD, FAANS


    Gaurav Gupta, MD, FAANS
    Kim Rickert, MD, FAANS


    Andrew P. Carlson, MD, MS, FAANS
    Peter Kan, MD, FAANS

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