Fellowship of WSO

The World Stroke Organization (WSO) is pleased to launch the first Call for Applications for the Fellowship-World Stroke Organization (FWSO). 


Fellowship Rationale

The Fellowship will particularly recognize excellence, innovation and sustained contributions in stroke and cerebrovascular disease. The Fellow will be a stroke expert with a stroke physician, scientist, nursing or allied health background. To be considered for Fellowship of the WSO, the applicant should already be a member of the World Stroke Organization for at least two consecutive years, with up to date dues. 

The advantage to the individual in becoming a Fellow is special recognition of their expertise in stroke and the right to use the FWSO designation.  Advantages to the World Stroke Organization include an increased profile and evidence of leadership by appropriately trained stroke clinicians and scientists.

The Fellowship WSO will be conferred by the WSO Executive on individuals who are felt likely to meet the criteria by the WSO Secretariat. Fellows are expected to have a major and productive interest in stroke and cerebrovascular diseases, with accomplishments that are supportive of the aims and objectives of the WSO, in their practice, research and educational activities. Fellows should also agree to actively support the WSO through voluntary service. 

The Fellow will be part of a Council of Fellows, which will convene once a year.


Criteria for Fellowship 

  • Membership in good standing for at least consecutive 2 years of WSO and up to date with annual dues.
  • Demonstrated ongoing academic contributions in stroke and cerebrovascular disease through research, education and stroke care publications.
  • Relevant publications in stroke over the preceding two years. It is recommended that the fellow should have at least 5 publications on stroke or cerebrovascular diseases in international journals, with peer review and an impact factor greater than 1.0
  • Demonstrated to be active supporters of WSO with attendance and contribution to conferences and activities
  • Demonstrated leadership in the stroke community, which could be at a national or international level
  • Active involvement in teaching, training, and mentorship
  • They should be nominated by a member of the WSO executive (or later FWSO)

Advantages of FWSO 

Specific benefits include: 

  • Entitlement to use the designation of FWSO on their letterhead
  • A certificate suitable for framing to commemorate the FWSO
  • Participation in the Council of Fellows of WSO
  • To be included in the annual Fellow distribution of the WSO Fellow list
  • Access to a special FWSO/Faculty lounge at our scientific meetings
  • Eligibility to nominate candidates for WSO positions of responsibility

Application Instructions

Please submit your complete application consisting of the following documents:  

  • Up-to-date CV including a list of relevant publications
  • Statement explaining how the candidate meets each criterion specified above
  • Letter of support from a WSO Executive or FWSO  
  • The application documents should be in English 
  • All documents should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Only complete applications meeting the eligibility criteria will be considered.


Costs and procedures


To apply for FWSO, WSO members should have paid their membership dues for at least 2 consecutive years before the publication of the Call for Applications. The membership fees are those announced on the website of WSO and valid for individual members. WSO fellows are required to maintain membership through the entire duration of the fellowship. Failure to meet this requirement would result in the suspension of active Fellowship status.


Newly elected Fellows will be acknowledged at the biennial WSO Assembly.  Fellowship certificates will be mailed after approval by the Secretary (Chair of the Membership Committee) and Executive of WSO.