EPI Early Career Committee Membership
We encourage and accept applications from early career professionals.
Early Career Professionals are defined as Investigators, Clinicians, or Healthcare Providers who have completed training within the last 4 years and MDs or PhDs in the first 4 years after their first faculty appointment.
How to Apply
Please submit your application below and attach the following:
- Personal letter
- Letter of Recommendation
Please note that active membership in the American Heart Association is required of all committee members.
Submission Period is May 1–May 31
Epidemiology and Prevention Council Membership
Visit the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention to find out more.
Joining the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention is easy. Please see the Professional Membership section for the AHA/ASA to join or renew your membership.
Interested in getting involved with the EPI Council? To help us identify opportunities for you in the organization, tell us about yourself. Complete the Science Volunteer Online form
AHA Scientific Journals Social Media
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.
- EPI Early Career Committee Mentorship Resources
- AHA Mentoring Handbook, 2003 (PDF)
- Academic Mentoring - How to Give It and How to Get It (PDF)
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- AHA International Mentoring Program
Mentoring Presentations - Early Career Day - Scientific Sessions 2014
- Choosing a Mentor: What goes into the Decision (PDF)
- Building Your Mentor Network (PDF)
- How to Develop an Effective Mentor and Mentee Relationship (PDF)
- Scientific Presentations: Abstracts, Oral sessions and Posters (PDF)
Mintu Turakhia, MD and Stephen Hulley, MD, MPH UCSF School of Medicine
Abstract Information for AHA Meetings
Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions
- Oral Presentation Guidelines (PDF)
- Poster Presentation Guidelines (PDF)
- Moderated Poster Presentation Guidelines (PDF)
Writing and Funding Presentations - Early Career Day - Scientific Sessions 2014
- Applying for Funding as an Early Career (PDF)
- Early Career Sessions: 10 Ways to Improve Your Scientific Writing (PDF)
- K99/R00 Grants: Insights into the Review Process and What Reviewers Look For (PDF)
J. Gary Meszaros
- Choosing a Target Journal (PDF)
Job Search Presentations - Early Career Day - Scientific Sessions 2014
- You've Been Contacted for an Interview (PDF)
- The Job Application Process: Tips for Finding and Applying for Job Openings (PDF)
- Experiences from the Trenches of Hard Money (PDF)
- Clinical and Scientific Opportunities in the VA System (PDF)
Other Presentations - Early Career Day - Scientific Sessions 2014
- What You Should Know on the 1st Day (PDF)
- Fellow to Faculty Transitions (PDF)
- Epidemiology and Observational Studies (PDF)
- Why Clinical Medicine and Research? (PDF)
- Update on the Pediatric Heart Network and How to Get Involved (PDF)
Kristin M. Burns
American Heart Association Grants
Student and Predoctoral Fellowship Opportunities
- Undergraduate Student Research Program
The purpose of this undergraduate research training program is to encourage promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Offered by: Great Rivers Affiliates
Career Stage: Making the decision – undergraduate student classified as junior or senior.
- Health Sciences Fellowship
Provides opportunities for health science students to work for ten consecutive weeks with a faculty/staff member on any project related to the mission of the American Heart Association. The goal is to encourage students to consider a future academic career in this area.
Offered by: Greater Southeast Affiliate
Career Stage: Gaining credentials - doctoral student
- Predoctoral Fellowship
Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.
Offered by: Founders, Greater Southeast, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
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.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates Find your Affiliate
Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow
Career Development Awards for Physicians
- Association-wide Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award This program provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position.
Offered by: AHA National Research Program
Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow
- Beginning Grant-In-Aid
Promotes the independent status of promising beginning scientists.
Offered by: SouthWest and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent.
- 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.
Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, and National Affiliate
Career Stage: First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent
Encourages and adequately funds the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators.
Offered by: Founders, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
Career Stage: First independent step, intermediate level or recognized investigator – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent, associate professor or equivalent, professor or equivalent. Applicants are expected to be independent investigators.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants
NIH: Post-Doctoral Research Training
CVD Epidemiology Research Training
- About the NRSA Programs; T32 vs. F32, etc.
- 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
- For individuals with a health-professional doctorate
- Career Award Wizard: Helps you select the right career award
- K23: Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award. Development of the independent research scientist in the clinical arena. 3-5 yrs, 75 percent commitment.
- K08: Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award. Development of the independent clinical research scientist. 3-5 yrs; 75 percent effort.
March 7–10, 2017
July 24–Aug. 5, 2016
Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge
Tahoe City, Calif.
Nov. 11–15, 2017
- Early Career
- Career Achievement
- Travel Stipends
- Lifetime Achievement
Visit the Council Awards and Lectures site for full details.
Epidemiology and Prevention Specific Awards
The Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) proudly sponsors numerous awards, lectures and travel grants to AHA meetings, as well as a medical student scholarship. These programs honor researchers, early career investigators and medical students for their outstanding contributions and research of heart disease. Please click on an award link for more information, including eligibility criteria and application instructions.
- Awards presented at the EPI|Lifestyle Scientific Sessions
- Lecture and Awards presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions
- Medical Student Scholarship
Visit the EPI Awards and Lectures page for a full list of available awards and lectures.