Fellowship - Council on FGTB

Updated:Jun 10,2013

Fellowship provides a means to recognize contributions to the field, and volunteer leadership and service to the American Heart Association and is is reserved for scientists and physicians with a major and productive interest in functional genomics and translational biology.

Eligibility Requirement
To be eligible for consideration for AHA Fellowship the candidate must have been an active Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus member of the AHA affiliated with the FGTB Council for at least two years; and membership must be current (dues up to date) at the time of application. 

The criteria are established by the Leadership Committee in concert with the AHA's Scientific Advisory and Coordinating Committee. The criteria for election to International Fellowship are equivalent to those described for Fellows. The candidate must be able to meet all of the stated criteria:

  • Scientists must be making meritorious contributions to the field of functional genomics and translational biology, as evidenced by at least four published articles. 
  • Domestic candidates must show evidence of significant and current volunteer involvement and service to the AHA. Significant and current service to the AHA can be demonstrated through leadership and involvement in national, council, affiliate and/or local activities, including but not limited to active participation on committees, boards and task forces; development and fundraising (HeartWalk, galas, etc.); advocacy efforts; professional and lay education programs including writing groups, abstract grading, speakers bureau and Get with the Guidelines; and research grant peer review.
  • International candidates must show evidence of significant and current volunteer involvement and service in similar organizations/associations in their respective country/state or through other avenues of community involvement as long as these activities are well documented and perceived as equivalent to those in the United States.
Please note:  Attending and/or presenting at the AHA Scientific Session or other AHA sponsored conference is not considered volunteer service.

Application Submission and Deadlines
The FGTB Council considers applications for AHA Fellowship during the spring and fall of each year.  Applications must be received through the Council Awards Application System by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on January 10 for the spring review cycle and by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on July 10 for the fall review cycle. Applications received after the deadline dates will be held until the next review cycle.

How to Apply
Candidates must be proposed by an active AHA Fellow (dues must be up-to-date) who is affiliated with the FGTB Council and well acquainted with your current professional activities. Emeritus Fellows are exempt from paying annual dues and subscribing to the print journal. To apply  for AHA Fellowship, please follow the procedures below:

  • Sign in with your my.americanheart.org username and password to apply online through the Council Awards Application System.  
  • Complete all sections of the application in order to avoid delay. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  
  • Attach documentation as required. Applications that do not include the required documents will be considered incomplete and will not be considered: 
    • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
    • Complete bibliography
    • Scientist candidates must include complete bibliography and one (1) recent reprint as senior author that is relative to the general area of cardiovascular genetics.
    • Clinical candidates must include documentation of formal training and/or experience in a relevant clinical setting.
    • A letter of recommendation from your proposer. The letter must be written on business letterhead, signed by the proposer, and clearly articulate how the candidate meets each of the criteria.
    • Head and shoulder photograph. Please note that the submission of a photograph is optional and may be used to recognize elected Fellows in Connections and my.americanheart.org web site.

Please note:  Attending and/or presenting at the AHA Scientific Session or other AHA sponsored conference is not considered volunteer service.

Locate a Proposer
Locate active AHA Fellows by name or council in the online Membership Directory. To access the AHA online membership directory: 

        1. Sign in with your my.americanheart.org username and password. 

        2. Select Membership.

        3. Under Membership, select Membership Directory, select Advanced Search.

        4. Select Council.

        5. Under Member Type, select International Fellow or Fellows.

Review and Election Process
Fellowship applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee and a slate containing the names of candidates that meet the criteria is presented to the Leadership Committee for election its bi-annual meetings. Elected Fellows will be acknowledged at the Council’s Annual Dinner held the AHA Scientific Sessions Certificates of Fellowship are distributed following these meetings.

Annual Membership Dues/Fellowship Maintenance
AHA Fellows elected through the FGTB Council are required to maintain membership at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level. Failure to meet this requirements will result in the suspension of active Fellowship status.

Questions? Contact the AHA Fellowship Desk
Phone:    (214) 706-1293