Stroke Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups Travel Grant

To qualify for this International Stroke Conference 2023 or State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium 2023 awards you must meet the following deadlines.

  • September 30, 2022 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with this Council.
  • October 3, 2022, 6 p.m. Central Time – Deadline to apply for awards requiring submission in the Council Awards System.

The Council on Stroke is offering a travel grant to underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (UREG) early career investigators and students who will be presenting research at the International Stroke Conference (ISC). The award will honor accomplished UREG students and early career investigators while enabling them to get more involved in the AHA/ASA and in the International Stroke Conference. These awards provide travel funding for UREG early career investigators who have abstracts accepted to the AHA/ASA's International Stroke Conference. A limited number of grants are available and based on the applicant's abstract score as determined by AHA/ASA reviewers.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must be a UREG by the standard NIH definition: He or she belongs to a population underrepresented in the extramural scientific workforce, based on their representation in the total population. This includes American Indians (including Alaskan Natives, Eskimos and Aleutians), Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, Blacks or African Americans and Hispanics or Latinos. Other candidates considered an underrepresented are those from medically underserved populations with low socio-economic status and those living in rural areas to include whites. See disadvantaged background criteria here.
  • The candidate must be a U.S. citizen, a noncitizen national (born in American Samoa or Swains Island), or a U.S. permanent resident.
  • The candidate must submit a previously unpublished abstract in accordance with AHA rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to the International Stroke Conference.
  • All applicants for travel grants sponsored by a scientific council must be members of the AHA Stroke Council at any level.
  • Applicant must be active in research and still be in training as an undergraduate or pre-doctoral student, or be within 10 years of completing medical fellowship (or residency as NIH states, MDs would be Fellows for 3-6 years of the 7-10), terminal degree or highest certificate (e.g. BSc, MSc).
  • Applicants may apply for a travel grant multiple times with different abstracts, as long as the applicant is the presenting author on each abstract. However, an applicant is eligible to receive only one travel grant, even if multiple abstracts are accepted to the International Stroke Conference.
  • Winners are not eligible to receive funding for the same grant in subsequent years.
  • The applicant must be able to present the abstract during the International Stroke Conference, either in an oral abstract session or a poster session. If the applicant is unable to present the abstract, he/she will be disqualified from the award.

How to Apply/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Application file should contain the following documents in PDF format (Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted):

  • A copy of the unpublished abstract that has been submitted for presentation in accordance with AHA/ASA rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to the International Stroke Conference. The candidate should be the first and presenting author on the abstract.
  • Original letter on electronic letterhead, signed by the candidate's supervisor or an appropriate institutional officer, simply indicating the applicant’s status as a student, postdoctoral fellow, or faculty within four years of appointment. No additional references are required.

NOTE: The application deadline for this award is different than the application deadline for ISC abstract and award submission. You must submit your ISC abstract via the ISC abstract submission system by the published deadline.

Visit the Council Awards Application System to complete an application.

A username and password set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, you may register as you enter the Application System by clicking "Sign Up" next to the Log In button on the sign-in page. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA member identification numbers.

An active AHA Professional Member account is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA membership number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new members join the AHA one week prior to the award submission deadline  for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time. The membership number will be required on the award application form.

Awardee Selection

Application will be judged based on the scientific ranking of the candidate's abstract and how it ranks against other applicants. Abstract presenters for ISC will be notified by October. Applicants for this award should submit their applications before presenter notifications are received. However, only those who have abstracts accepted for presentation will ultimately be eligible to receive a travel grant.


The winners will each receive a $2,000 travel grant to attend the International Stroke Conference. Awardees must attend the conference in person to receive the monetary award.

Up to 5 candidates from the pool of eligible applicants may be awarded. Winners will be notified by October.

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