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Application Process

The following is an overview of the Neurosurgical International Fellowship.

Program name Neurosurgical International Fellowship
Training site Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Training year 2 years
Start date January

International medical graduates who fulfill the following prerequisites:

  • ECFMG certificate or its equivalent*
  • Full medical licensure in their home country
  • Completion of a neurosurgery residency in their home country
  • English proficiency sufficient for patient care
Visa Applicants must obtain and maintain a valid visa status (J-1 or H-1B) under support from ECFMG
Medical licensure Fellows are given residency permits in lieu of full Minnesota state medical licensure
Recognition of training Fellows receive a certificate from MCSGME to recognize their training period upon training completion

*Proof of passing either (A) steps 1 and 2 CS & 2 CK of the USMLE or (B) Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and II – previously known as Licentiate Medical Council of Canada Exam (LMCC).

ECFMG = Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
MCSGME = Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
USMLE = United States Medical Licensing Exam


  • This fellowship is for senior-level or recent postgraduate neurosurgical trainees who desire to advance their training in general neurosurgery.
  • Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education welcomes trainees on a J-1 or H1-B visa for this educational appointment.
    • Fellow applicants anticipating a J-1 visa must pass steps one and two of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) for consideration. Completion of all three USMLE steps is required at the time of application for anticipated H1-B visa applicants.


One two-year position is available on a competitive basis each year, with an overlap of the prior fellow for one year.

How to apply

Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education does not process printed applications to this program. You must apply through Recruit, a third-party application service. No matching program services are used.

Appointment for the International Fellowship begins in January. You must submit a completed application form and all required documentation no later than February 1, 24 months in advance of fellowship.

International fellowship availability  
Year 2024-2026 2025-2027 2026-2028 2027-2029
Capacity Full Full Applications due Feb. 1, 2024 Applications due Feb. 1, 2025

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
  2. All applications to Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education programs must include these application materials
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section (if applicable)
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section (if applicable)

Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty.