How to Apply

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Interviews for the neurosurgical oncology fellowship (academic year July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023) will be held in December 2020 for a start date in July 2022, the interviews being approximately 18 months prior to the fellowship start date. 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. Viviane Tabar if applying for the cranial fellowship and to Dr. Bilsky if applying for the spine fellowship. One of the letters has to be from the fellow’s current program director. The applicants may also submit an optional statement of intent. Applications are accepted until October 15th of each year. Selected candidates are invited for a full-day interview at MSK in December. A faculty meeting is held within two weeks of the interview dates to review candidates and extend acceptance offers. We accept two cranial fellows and one spine fellow per year.


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 fellows 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:

Jessica Spieth
Department of Neurosurgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065