Student Scholarships in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

Updated:Dec 11,2015

*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.

Award Information (click on each section below for more information)

Eligible applicants include students in medical schools or in master's or equivalent programs in an accredited school in the United States where research training in cardiovascular disease and stroke is available.  


Ph.D.s and current M.D./Ph.D. students in the basic sciences committed to research careers are ineligible unless the Ph.D. was obtained previously in an area not related to the one in the proposed study.

Each applicant and applicant's preceptor must be members of the AHA/ASA at the time of application. 

The awards will be made to institutions within the United States in which the research training is available to students under qualified supervision.  If the student conducts the research at a location other than his/her home institution, he/she must have written approval of his/her dean or other responsible individual.


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.





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