Student Scholarships in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke
*Note to applicants: Both funded and unfunded applicants will be notified of the results by late-May via email.**
The scientific councils of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association want to stimulate interest, knowledge and investigative work in students in medicine, nursing, public health, nutrition and other allied health disciplines. AHA Student Scholarships support students conducting research projects related to cardiovascular disease, stroke and basic sciences early during pre-doctoral training, usually during the summer. AHA scholarships provide valuable stipends for students during the research project. The stipends may be used for student expenses, lab fees, or other costs incurred by the student during the project.
Student Scholarships in Cardiovascular Disease
(Sponsored by Multiple AHA/ASA Scientific Councils)
$2000 scholarships will be available for students researching cardiovascular disease topics within basic, clinical, or population sciences.
Student Scholarships in Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke
(Sponsored by the Stroke Council)
$2000 scholarships will be available for students specifically researching cerebrovascular disease and stroke. Scholarship recipients will also have the opportunity to receive a travel grant to attend the AHA’s International Stroke Conference.
Scholarship recipients must submit an abstract for the conference and get accepted in order to be eligible for this travel award. Applicants who are eligible for the ISC travel grant will be contacted in an separate email by the end of October.
Student Scholarship in Cardiovascular Surgery
(Sponsored by the CVSA Council)
The institution will receive a $2000 scholarship to be used as a stipend for the selected student. A $750 travel stipend to attend the AHA International Stroke Conference 2016 will be paid to recipients of the Student Scholarships. Awardees are expected to attend the annual leadership meeting and report their experience to the CVSA Leadership Committee. Awardees will also receive a complimentary ticket to Annual Business Meeting (Council Dinner) and a 1 year complimentary AHA membership.
How to Apply / Required Documents
Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.
A student may only apply for one of the two scholarship programs and should choose the program that is most relevant to his or her research.
Your application file should contain the following documents in electronic format:
- Student Scholar Statement: The applicant must provide a thorough statement (minimum three pages, double-spaced) describing the purpose of the research project, the implications of the project, and what the student hopes accomplish or discover during the research period. The statement must also include a list of relevant classes taken and current grade point average if GPA is used at the institution.
- Preceptor Statement: The preceptor must provide a statement of the following:
- A description of the proposed research program, including the facilities and personnel to be involved
- A description of his or her responsibilities towards the student’s training, and other academic and administrative responsibilities
- The duties and responsibilities of the student, the total duration and dates of the training period, and the specific education and training that will be provided
- A listing of the preceptor’s research funding active during the proposed training period
- A list of his/her trainees and project titles for the past five years
- A description of the student selection process
- Agreement (if selected) to accept responsibility for supervision of the project, to submit a written report to the AHA at the end of the student’s program, and to pay the entire scholarship amount to the Student Scholar as a stipend via his/her institution.
- Any other supportive or referential information on behalf of the student
- Student and preceptor curriculum vitae and bibliography: The applicant and preceptor must each provide an up-to-date curriculum vita with full bibliography (if bibliography is applicable).
Up to three additional recommendation letters outside of the preceptor’s statement may be submitted in the file and are optional.
- Reference letters should be from individuals familiar with the applicant’s scientific interests, academic interests and performance, research abilities, or a combination of these. The referent should address as many of these areas as possible with regard to the student. There is no specific format or page limitation for the letter.
- Letters must be written on letterhead and each should include a signature before being given to the applicant (ideally in electronic/soft-copy). Note that any hard-copy letters will require scanning by the applicant to be uploaded into the Council Awards Application System and included with the application file.
- Reference letters will not be accepted via postal mail or electronically separate from the application file. Any letters must be uploaded in the Council Awards Application System within the application file to be considered.
Visit the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System to complete an application.
A username and password set up through online registration at My AmericanHeart for Professionals will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, you may register as you enter the Application System by clicking "Sign Up" next to the Log In button on the sign-in page. AHA members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.
AHA Professional Membership is required of all applicants for a scholarship. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA membership number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new members join the AHA no later than Feb. 24 for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.
All applications must be complete and submitted through the Council Awards Application System by January 15, 2016 to March 15, 2016 by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time. Any applications still in "Draft" (unsubmitted) status at the application deadline will not be considered. Applicants needing to join the AHA should do so as soon as possible for the membership to be processed and valid in time for the March 13 application deadline.
- For rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to the Scientific Sessions, visit Abstract Submission Guidelines (PDF).
- Submit your application at Council Awards System (new window).
- Join or renew AHA/ASA Professional Membership (new window).