Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) Early Career Development


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Career Skills


A critical component of early career development and training is mentorship. The following resources can help identify an appropriate mentor and evaluate the mentor-trainee relationship. 

Mentoring Presentations

Scientific Presentations

Abstract Information for AHA Meetings

Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine

Scientific Sessions

American Heart Association Grants

Student and Predoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

  • Predoctoral Fellowship
    Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.

    Career Stage: Gaining credentials – doctoral student

Post-Doctoral Research Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Helps trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor; supports individuals before they are ready for some stage of independent research.

    Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow

Research Grants

  • Scientist Development Grant
    Supports highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.

    Career Stage: First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants

NIH: Post-Doctoral Research Training

CVD Epidemiology Research Training

  • About the NRSA Programs; T32 vs. F32, etc.
Programs are available at the following institutions:
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine

NIH: Career Development Awards for Physicians

NIH: Career Development Awards for Research Doctorates


Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine

May 14–16, 2019
Boston, Mass.

Scientific Sessions 2018

Nov. 10–12, 2018
Chicago, Illinois

Council Awards & Lectures

The AHA/ASA scientific council awards acknowledge significant achievements in cardiovascular diseases and stroke, ranging from basic research to service to the councils and the association. These awards recognize the achievements of researchers, scientists, clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals throughout their careers. They also provide opportunities for financial rewards, special presentations and funding to attend Scientific Sessions and other AHA scientific meetings.

Award Types

  • Early Career
  • Career Achievement
  • Travel Stipends
  • Scholarships
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Lectures

Visit the Council Awards and Lectures site for full details.

Peripheral Vascular Disease Specific Awards

The Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease proudly sponsors award programs that honor and reward the efforts of its member researchers, early career investigators, trainees and medical students and their outstanding contributions and research of heart disease.

Awards include

  • Lecture and Awards presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions
  • Medical Student Scholarship

Visit the PVD Awards and Lectures page for a full list of available awards and lectures.

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AHA Lifelong Learning Center Social Media

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