International Outreach Travel Scholarship


The ANA established this scholarship program in recognition of the shared goal among neurologists worldwide to reduce the burden of neurological disease through research, education, clinical care, and advocacy. The scholarship enables two recipients, residents, fellows, or junior faculty, who are members of the ANA and are training in neurology, the opportunity to work in low to lower-middle-income countries for a minimum of six weeks in the upcoming academic year.  Candidates must apply and meet specific criteria to be considered. 

The application window opened on February 15, 2020, and, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline has been extended to  May 1, 2020.

ANA Travel Scholarship Application 

Eligible candidates  

Eligible candidates include ANA Members who are neurology residents, fellows or junior faculty and are within the first three years from the start date of their first faculty appointment at the time of application. Candidates must provide:

  • A named mentor in the applicant's location of training who is an ANA member with at least Assistant Professor level appointment
  • A letter of support from a host institution in a low or middle-income country
  • Three unique letters of recommendation
  • A letter from the Chair of Residency Director confirming availability to attend the Annual Meeting in the year the following travel to present a poster and/or data blitz
  • A proposal which includes: 
    • Educational opportunity for the candidate
    • Benefit for the neurological care of patients at the receiving institution
    • Educational opportunity for trainees of the receiving institution
    • Collaborative research opportunity between the US and receiving institution


Eligible candidates agree to or confirm the following: 

  • Be a current member in good standing in the ANA.
  • Be in good standing with their respective training/employment programs.
  • Complete basic and advanced security in the field training through the United Nations ( available online).
  • Agree to have their summary, names and project title listed on the ANA website.
  • Agree to submit a formal report to the ANA IOC Committee and Executive committee with 90 days of return.
  • Agree to work in the host country for a minimum of six (6) weeks, traveling within the academic year following the award, unless there are special circumstances that are approved by the committee.
  • Agree to submit an abstract to the ANA in the Global Neurology category at the next Annual Meeting following their travel.
  • Agree that anything above the maximum scholarship amount of $5000 is the responsibility of the recipient

The application window generally opens in the first quarter of the year.  Look for information early in the new year regarding the next application window. 

2019 Recipients:

Alexa King, MD - Northwestern University 
Leslie Hayes, MD - Boston Children's Hospital

2018 Recipients:  

Melissa A. Elafros, MD, PhD - Johns Hopkins University
Cleopatra Mwansa-Thurman, DO - Michigan State University
Allison P. Navis, MD - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

2017 Recipients:   

Jori Fleisher, MD, MSCE - Rush University
Rajarshi Mazumder, MD, MPH - University of California