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Application Process


Four first-year positions are available in the Nephrology Fellowship each year on a competitive basis.


Applicants must have completed general internal medicine training by the date of their appointment, and must be qualified to take the American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Examination in General Internal Medicine.

General Admissions Requirements
Medical and surgical fellowships are open to U.S. citizens, permanent U.S. immigrants and international applicants as follows:

  • Graduates from medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates to qualify for admission. Information about certification and visa sponsorship, if required, is available from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates(ECFMG).
  • Mayo supports ECFMG J-1 visa sponsorship for fellows enrolled in graduate medical education. Mayo will support an H-1B temporary work visa under the following circumstances:
    • When J-1 visa sponsorship is unavailable – that is, the program is not eligible for ECFMG certification or the program is non-ACGME accredited and non-ABMS recognized.
    • When a foreign national is a graduate of U.S. medical school.
    • When a foreign national holds current H-1B status for graduate medical education at another school.
  • When applying, all fellowship applicants must have their medical school transcripts, together with an original letter from the school's dean, sent from their medical school to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.
  • All applicable licensure eligibility requirements must be fulfilled prior to starting a Mayo fellowship program.
  • A pre-admission health review and current immunization record are required prior to starting a Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education program.
  • Prospective fellows must pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

Appointment Contract
Appointments are confirmed in a formal written letter of appointment from Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. This letter, a copy of which you will be asked to sign and return, constitutes your formal fellowship appointment to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education.

Resident and Fellow Policies

How to apply

You must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This can be done through your medical school dean's office. International medical graduates should contact the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for information on how to apply using ERAS.

The application form and all supporting documentation must be submitted by Sept. 1 of the year preceding the appointment date. The academic year begins in July.

  1. To apply to the program, visit the ERAS website. All applications to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education programs must include these application materials.
  2. Appointments are made through the Medical Specialties Matching Program, which is sponsored by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Specialties Matching Service. All candidates must register through the Specialties Matching Service.
  3. Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit Mayo Clinic for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty. The interview process will begin in September for positions beginning in July of the following year.

In addition to the standard application materials required by Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, this program requires:

  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your fellowship program director or department chair. This must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to upload a letter.