The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders aims to grow the global base of movement disorder specialists — neurologists with additional training in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders — by training movement disorder clinician-researchers who can provide expert care and lead scientific advances.
As the demand for movement disorder specialists increases, not enough neurologists are receiving vital training in Parkinson’s and related conditions. To address this need, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), in collaboration with longtime partner the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, launched the Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders. The program annually funds academic centers to train a new movement disorder clinician-researcher over a two-year period and is growing an international, collaborative network of next-generation leaders in Parkinson’s research and care.
The program grants funding directly to academic centers, which then must identify and train a new movement disorder clinician-researcher over a two-year period. Grant support cannot be used for a fellow already enrolled or selected. These funds may cover the fellow’s stipend, benefits and travel allowance as well as coursework, conferences, and other relevant educational and training opportunities. No indirect costs may be claimed for this award.
The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders is open to academic centers worldwide. Previously awarded centers — except those that received an Edmond J. Safra Fellowship grant in the most recent funding cycle — are eligible to apply.
Since its introduction in 2014, the Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders has annually funded five international academic medical centers to each train a new movement disorder clinician-researcher over two years. Thanks to increased support from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, MJFF expanded annual funding to eight centers beginning with the Class of 2024.
Learn more about each fellowship class:
- Class of 2018
- Class of 2019
- Class of 2020
- Class of 2021
- Class of 2022
- Class of 2023
- Class of 2024
- Class of 2025
- Charité – Universitätsmedizin – Berlin, Germany
- Northwestern University – Chicago, Illinois
- University of Calgary – Alberta, Canada
- University of Rochester – Rochester, New York
- University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine – Los Angeles, California
- University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital – Sydney Australia
- University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, Texas
- University of Tϋbingen – Tϋbingen, Germany
Applicant Q&A Teleconference
Watch the recording to hear an overview of the program goals, eligibility requirements and application process.