Nephrology Research Fellowship Program

The Nephrology Research Training Program is 2-3 years in duration and funded by an institutional NIH training grant. The program is designed to provide a solid grounding in research methodology and launch fellows on a career of productive clinical and translational research. Fellows are enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University for a Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research.

They complete coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, study design, grant writing, ethics and a variety of electives offered by faculty at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
During this training each fellow works closely with a mentor from our faculty. Our faculty includes world renowned experts in the fields of chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease in kidney disease, guideline development and implementation, kidney transplantation, polycystic kidney disease, hypertension, acute kidney injury and kidney stones. Fellows are also paired with a statistical mentor to help with primary data analysis. At the end of the program fellows prepare a Master’s thesis that generally becomes a manuscript for publication and the basis for obtaining further NIH grant funding.
This is a unique program that is designed to launch careers in clinical and translational research. During this training fellows become proficient in independent data analysis using R software. Also, fellows are NOT responsible for funding their coursework and get paid a salary based on their PGY level instead of the NIH stipend. Finally, two years of clinical-research may be combined with a year of clinical training for subspecialty board eligibility in nephrology.