How to Apply

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Use our Embark Application to apply for Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowships. The 2026-2027 Cranial Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship application deadline to apply is August 1, 2024. The Spine Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship is taking applicants for the 2027-2028 fellowship year and the application deadline is September 1, 2024. Positions are not available outside these dates and are filled yearly.

An application consists of a comprehensive CV and three recent letters of recommendation. The letters should be addressed to Dr. Cameron Brennan, MD if applying for the cranial fellowship and to Dr. Mark Bilsky, MD if applying for the spine fellowship. One of the letters must be from the applicant’s current program director. The applicants may also submit an optional statement of intent. We accept two cranial fellows and one spine fellow per year.

Cranial Fellowship Application Timeline

Application Deadline: August 1, 2024

Invitations to Interview Sent: August 8, 2024

Interview Date: October 7, 2024

Fellowship Decisions: Shortly after interview date

Spine Fellowship Application Timeline

Application Deadline: September 2, 2024

Invitations to Interview Sent: September 9, 2024

Interview Date: TBD

Fellowship Decisions: TBD


The neurosurgical fellowship is available to candidates who have completed the core residency training in neurosurgery and who are in excellent standing at their institution. We do not allow enfolded fellowships. We encourage applications from trainees who are interested in developing an academic career in neuro-oncology. Applicants must be eligible for a New York State medical license and must obtain the license prior to beginning the fellowship. To obtain a New York State medical license, candidates are required to have had three years of residency training in the United States or Canada. Foreign applicants must have passed the ECFMG or FMGEMS, as well as the FLEX exams.

Length of Program

One year for the clinical track.

If accepted to do research, the fellow is encouraged to spend 2 years of research time in a laboratory of their choice at MSK.

Apply to the Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship:

Questions regarding applying can be directed to:

Department of Neurosurgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Email: [email protected]