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Announcing the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)

As part of its vision to ensure equitable access to kidney health globally, the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is proud to launch the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). With the aim of building a global talent pool of future leaders, the ELP welcomes ISN members interested in shaping the direction of kidney health through professional development and improved understanding of health policy and implementation to ensure health promotion and access to prevention, control and management of kidney diseases.

The Program will provide participants worldwide with the opportunity to work closely with international experts in order to develop leadership and advanced capabilities in:

  • implementation science and research;
  • developing and implementing evidence-informed policy;
  • evaluation, development and management of health systems;
  • principles of entrepreneurship, advocacy and communications;
  • influencing stakeholders including policymakers, funders, implementers and media.

To participants, the ELP offers (1) becoming part of a global network consisting of experts who positively impact the kidney health agenda around the world through collaboration as well as high quality and multidisciplinary research in discovery and implementation science; (2) empowerment to find innovative ways to let their voices be heard so they can act as agents of change at the local and international level and (3) access to continuous professional development to acquire the necessary resources, skills and knowledge to take on leadership roles locally and globally

Successful candidates will be matched with a mentor drawn from the ISN leadership to help them map out their journey and reach their career goals.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Early career academic (MD and/or PhD) as defined by being at the Fellow/Instructor/Assistant Professor level or equivalent for other countries.
  • The call is open to non-academics at comparable career levels who are interested in improving the global kidney health agenda.
  • Talented and motivated early-career professional (less than 10 years out of residency or training)
  • Ability to demonstrate commitment to the improvement of global kidney health using a collaborative approach.
  • Be a member of ISN (Not a member? Join here)


The application session will open shortly after the Congress. ISN leaders and staff will be available at the ISN booth at the World Congress of Nephrology in Abu Dhabi (26-29 March 2020) to answer questions from and guide those interested in applying.

If you have questions at this time, please contact Marie-Pierre Smal at

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