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Council on Cardiovascular Surgery & Anesthesia (CVSA) International Travel Grant

Award Application Window: April 19–Aug. 20, 2017 at 5 p.m. (Central time)

The American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Surgery & Anesthesia is offering a travel grant to develop programs specifically targeted to support student and early career international members and to increase the presence of international members for the CVSA Council.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must first submit an abstract for presentation at the AHA Scientific Sessions, in accordance with the rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to the AHA Scientific Sessions, to one of the categories primarily sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery & Anesthesia.
  • Applicant must be a member of the CVSA Council by the time of application. 
  • Candidates may be graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or residents, or have a faculty rank no higher than assistant professor and must have held this position no more than four years as of the application date. The candidate must not be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • The candidate must be working outside the United States.
  • The applicant must be able to present an abstract that has been accepted to the AHA Scientific Sessions in either a poster session or oral abstract session.  If the applicant is unable to present the abstract, he/she will be disqualified from the award.  
  • Winners are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years. 

**Candidates may apply for more than one travel award; however, an applicant is eligible to receive only one travel stipend.

Required Documents

Eligible applicants must submit the following documents through the AHA’s online Council Awards and Fellowship Application System by the application deadline date.

  • Copy of abstract, including formal title, that has been submitted to Scientific Sessions
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of citizenship in specified country (ID card or passport copy)
  • Letter from the candidate, cosigned by the mentor, attesting that the research was performed primarily by the candidate, that he or she is the primary (first) author of the abstract, that the candidate has not held a faculty position for longer than two years at the time of abstract submission, and that the research has not been previously published or presented elsewhere.  Supportive statements of the candidate and his or her relevant qualifications as a researcher are also encouraged.

Prize(s)/Honorarium

A grant will be awarded to two honorees annually. The honorees will each receive $1,000 to help defray travel expenses to AHA Scientific Sessions to present his or her abstract.

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