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We know you want the best career resources. Our Early Career Professional Membership and mentoring programs give you top-notch tools to maximize your growth as a young professional. Our goal is for all Early Career Members to play a crucial role in our prestigious organization. We give you opportunities to meet and dialogue about specialty and career issues with other Early Career Members and more senior professionals across the globe.
This affordable access:
  • Helps build your career pathway.
  • Provides guidance from the best of the best (an experienced Mentor/Professional Member).
  • Brings you the latest scientific research.
  • Gets you involved — network with peers, join a committee, volunteer.

Early Career Development Programs
The American Heart Association provides educational programs, awards/scholarships, travel grants, student and early career research funding, and mentoring opportunities that support the ongoing training and development of individuals in the early stages of their career.

Career/Education Awards & Scholarships Mentoring

Early Career Networking Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Other AHA Resources


AHA Scholarships

AHA Travel Grants

Early Career Investigator Awards


Council Early Career Development Opportunities

The councils below have additional council specific resources available for Early Career Opportunities


Early Career Voice Blog

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  • Circulation Research: Reaching Out to Young Investigators with New Series
    Circulation Research: We're excited to introduce a new series of articles of tips & advice for young (and not-so-young) researchers, "Letters to a Young Investigator": http://ow.ly/uXe3S First up, Maria Kontaridis with advice on how to get a K Award: "It Is Not Just About the...
  • "Ask the experts" format: ++++
    What a great meeting! What was your favorite type of session? Personnaly, I really liked the "Ask The Experts" format, and particularly the one from yesterday (Tuesday, November 19), "ATE.702-Are Cholesterol-Loaded Macrophages Proinflammatory?". It was great to hear short, but ver...
  • Things to think about as the conference end nears...
    As some of you may be heading out today, remember the following:   Send a ‘Thank You’ email to senior scientists, potential mentors, and even general colleagues whom you have formally (or informally) met and discussed your research or have obtained valuable advice about your...
  • Volunteer for a Committee
    As I sat in the Diabetes Committee meeting, I looked around and realized how fortunate I was to be a part of such a dynamic group.   It took me about a year to absorb the multitude of tasks that the committee prepares for the upcoming sessions.  There is so much ‘behind the s...
  • ATVB Women's leadership luncheon: Amazing opportunity to chat with world-renowned scientists
    Did you have the opportunity to attend the ATVB Women's leadership luncheon today? As expected, it was great! To get to discuss, one-on-one (or in small groups), with senior -- World-renowned-- scientists, is something that every "early career" scientist should experience. My onl...


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