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 who are residents; fellows; or junior faculty, are members of the ANA and are training in neurology or neuroscience, 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.


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
  • Submit an estimated of budget  if seleced

The application window generally opens in the last  quarter of the year.  


* Due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, no travel scholarships were awarded in 2021, and the Grant to Activate Global Engagement (GAGE) award was awarded again.This grant was awarded to three organizations from low to lower-middle income countries to assist in participating in the ANA2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. 

Grant to Accelerate Global Engagement  (GAGE) recipient organizations: 

  • Association of Future African Neurosurgeons
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology
  • Neurologists from Muhimbili and Bugando in Tanzania


2020 Recipients*:

Jennifer Adrissi, MD - Northwestern University

* Due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, only one recipient for the travel scholarship was selected in 2020, and the Grant to Activate Global Engagement ( GAGE) award was created. This grant was awarded to three organizations from low to lower-middle income countries to assist in participating in the ANA2020 Virtual Annual Meeting. 

Grant to Accelerate Global Engagement  (GAGE) recipient organizations: 

  • Neurological Society of KenyaAga Khan Unversity
  • Neurology Faculty Resident Grup of Institute of Medicine
  • University of Zambia Post-Graduate Neurology Training Program

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