Postdoctoral Fellows, Residents & Trainees

Paving the way for your successful career

“It’s important for residents to be part of the ANA. It helps you find what fellowships you like, and helps engage you in different conferences. The meeting has one of the best poster presentations I’ve ever seen because there are so many residents from all around the country.”

-- Sara Debashi, 4th Year Resident, University of Texas Medical Branch

Trainees, residents and postdoctoral fellows in academic neurology face the exciting – but real – challenges of launching a career: selecting a specialization in an area of translational neuroscience, population research or healthcare policy; navigating the demands of academia and clinical practice; applying for competitive research funding, and more. At this critical career point, opportunities to connect with experienced clinician-researchers who can offer guidance and exposure to cutting-edge science is essential for professional success.

The ANA understands postdoctoral fellows, residents and trainees’ specific professional needs and is dedicated to attracting top talent to academic neurology. The ANA has developed features and member benefits tailored specifically to the needs of early career academic neurologists, including:

  • The Annual Meeting, held in the fall, is the premier conference for late-breaking research and networking in academic neurology. The meeting convenes thousands of the nation's top academic neurologists and neuroscientists to share research on a broad spectrum of specialties and diseases. From carefully created scientific symposia, well-attended interactive lunch workshops, poster sessions, and career development programs with practical tips on applying for grants, the Annual Meeting offers a wealth of opportunity for fellows, residents, graduate students, and postdocs. Student and trainee ANA members receive discounts on registration and abstract submissions, and have the opportunity to receive a travel award or poster prize. 


  • Trainees, residents and postdoctoral fellows value the opportunity to submit an abstract for presentation at the Annual Meeting at a reduced rate, where hundreds of the nation’s top academics offer feedback and ideas. In addition, those submitting an abstract may be chosen to present a brief talk in a Special Interest Group session or a data blitz presentation during a plenary session and be eligible for poster prizes and recognition at the meeting.


  • Highly ranked professional journals. The ANA’s scientific journals, Annals of Neurology and the online Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology (ACTN) both consistently receive high-ranking impact factors. All members receive complimentary access to these journals, as well as discounted rates for submitting research to ACTN. In addition, ANA and Wiley continue to publish InterACTN— online patient cases to sharpen your clinical skills through expert feedback.


  • The Research Careers Reimagined (RCR) Course, held at the Annual Meeting, offers selected research fellows, residents, and junior faculty strategies for developing effective research grant proposals and advancing in academic neurology.


  • OnDEC, the ANA’s On Demand Education Center. OnDEC allows you to earn AMA PRA Category I Credit(s) anywhere, from any device by giving you access to recordings from the ANA Annual Meeting and other ANA educational offerings.


  • Scholarships. The ANA established the International Outreach Scholarship (IOTS) in recognition of the shared goal among neurologists worldwide to reduce the burden of neurological disease through research, education, clinical care, and advocacy. The IOTS is awarded to two (2) ANA members and provides the recipients with the opportunity to work in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) in the upcoming academic year.


  • ANA Communications. Members receive a weekly e-newsletter that features messages from the ANA president, research highlights from ANA’s peer-reviewed journals, and the latest ANA news and opportunities. The ANA’s social media channels keep followers up to date on the latest news in academic neurology and neuroscience, and the ANA.


  • The ANA Career Center makes it simple to find open positions in academic neurology at prominent institutions across the country. With dozens of job postings ranging from entry level to department chair, the ANA Career Center will help you advance in the field.


  • ANA Committees, including the Junior Membership Taskforce, offer leadership opportunities for trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and early career faculty to shape the future of the ANA and its offerings.


Membership Information

ANA membership is only $50/year for MD, PhD, MD/PhD candidates or fellows in an organized training program at an ACGME-accredited neurology or neuroscience-related department.

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