Fellowship provides a mean to recognize and award Premium Professional members for excellence, innovative and sustained contributions in the areas of scholarship, practice and/or education; and volunteer service and/or leadership within the AHA, or for international members, volunteer service and/or leadership in similar societies/organizations in their country/state.
To be eligible for consideration for AHA Fellowship the candidate must meet each of the eligibility requirements.
- Must be an active member at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level at the time the nomination is submitted.
- Membership dues must be up-to-date.
- Must have been an AHA member for at least two years.
- Applicant must be affiliated with the Council through which the application is submitted.
Please note: If your membership has been inactive for 5 or more years you are now considered a new member; you must remain a member for at least 2 years from the date you rejoined the AHA to become eligible to apply for FAHA.
The title of FAHA conferred by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) is reserved for scientists and clinical professionals who diagnose and manage patients with arteriosclerosis or thrombotic disease
The candidate must be able to show evidence of scientific, clinical, and/or educational contributions by meeting the applicable criteria described below:
- Contributions to the Field: a) Scientists must be making meritorious contributions to the fields of arteriosclerosis, thrombosis or vascular biology, and b) must have made significant contributions to the scientific literature as evidenced by at least four (4) published articles in cardiovascular related peer reviewed journals.
- Clinical Training and Experience: Clinical Professionals must be able to show documented evidence of training and experience in a relevant clinical specialty.
- Candidate must be able to show significant volunteer service to the AHA at the council, national, affiliate and/or local level. Examples of volunteer service include:
- Active participation as members and chairpersons of AHA and/or council committees, boards and task forces at the local, affiliate, and/or national level.
- Active leadership role in Development and Fundraising (Heart Walk, galas, Go Red fund raisers, etc.) such as organizing Heart Walk teams, raising funds, promoting AHA events and recruiting others to participate.
- Active participation in Advocacy efforts including participating in You’re the Cure, leading policy adoption or change, informing legislators about AHA and cardiovascular health issues at state and national levels.
- Active participation in Professional and lay education programs, including participation in a local AHA speaker’s bureau, providing talks for Go Red activities, media activities, leading education activities and Get with the Guidelines.
- Sharing expertise through AHA research and scholarship activities such as serving on a writing group, abstract grading, and research grant peer review.
International Fellowship Criteria
International candidates may show evidence of volunteer involvement and service in the American Heart Association or similar organizations/associations in countries or regions where they have trained, previously worked, or currently reside. Other avenues of community or volunteer involvement may be submitted, if these activities are well documented and perceived as equivalents regarding volunteerism and engagement, to those through the AHA.
Some examples of service and volunteerism include, but are not limited to:
- Active, voluntary participation on committees, boards and task forces
- Development and fundraising
- Advocacy efforts
- Scientific or educational services, such as guideline/performance measure writing groups, abstract grading, and research grant peer review.
Successful candidates for International Fellowship have typically completed their training years earlier and are at the academic rank of Assistant Professor or similar, or hold a more senior position.
AHA Staff Fellowship Criteria
- AHA Staff applying for FAHA status must meet the General and Council specific criteria with experience and service outside the scope of their position at the AHA. Any council and/or committee participation, support of AHA volunteer initiatives, AHA writing groups etc., that fall within the staff applicant’s job at the AHA will not be considered during scoring of FAHA applications.
- AHA Staff must be a paid AHA member for 1 year prior to submitting a FAHA application.
Required Supporting Documents
The following documents are required and must be uploaded to the application.
- The application cannot be successfully submitted until the required documents are uploaded.
- Please do not upload dummy documents: Uploading dummy documents in order to successfully submit your application will result in your application being disqualified during the validation process.
- Grace Period: Corrections, revisions and/or changes can be made to draft applications (applications started but not completed before the deadline) and submitted applications up to 24-hours after the deadline. New applications cannot be started or submitted during the grace period.
Please upload the following required documents to your application; please note that all supporting documents, excluding the photograph, must be in PDF format:
- Up-to-date curriculum vitae with complete bibliography;
- A letter of recommendation from your proposer. The letter must clearly articulate how the candidate meets each of the criteria, be written on business letterhead, and be signed by the proposer - electronic signature is acceptable.
- Clinical Professionals must also attach documentation of training and experience in a relevant clinical specialty.
- Head and shoulder photograph. The photo must be in jpeg format. Please note that the photograph may be used to recognize newly elected fellows in Connections, AHA journals, award ceremonies, and Professional Heart Daily website.
Application Submission and Deadlines
The ATVB Council considers applications for AHA Fellowship during the spring and fall of each year. Applications must be submitted through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window). The submission deadlines are:
- Spring Review Cycle: January 10, 11 p.m. Central Time
- Fall Review Cycle: July 10, 11 p.m. Central Time
- Grace Period: Applications started before the deadline can be updated, completed and submitted up to 24-hours after the submission deadline.
- New applications cannot be started or submitted after the deadline.
How to Apply
Please follow the procedures below to apply for AHA Fellowship:
- Find a propose: Any active AHA Fellow (an active Fellow is one whose dues and print journal subscription [where applicable] are up-to-date, including Emeritus Fellow) is eligible to propose candidates for FAHA.
- The proposer should be well acquainted with the candidate's professional activities and AHA volunteer involvement.
- Use your Professional Heart Daily username and password to log on to the online Council Awards/FAHA Application System.(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)
- Complete all sections of the application in order to avoid delays:
- Required fields are noted with a red asterisk (*). Information must be provided in all required fields in order to successfully submit the application. Please do not enter dummy information into the required fields. Entering dummy information in order to submit your application will result in your application being disqualified during the validation process, at which time it is too late to make changes or corrections.
- Attach all required documents. Please do not upload dummy documents; uploading dummy documents in order to successfully submit your application will result in your application being disqualified during the validation process, at which time it is too late to make changes or corrections. Applications that do not include the required information and documents cannot be successfully submitted through the online system.
Locate a Proposer
Locate AHA Fellows by name or council in the online Membership Directory. To access the AHA online membership directory:
- Log into professional.heart.org with an active login
- Click on your Dashboard and choose Membership Directory under the Links section
- Click on the “Advanced Search” link
- On the Member Type field, click the arrow to drop down the selection list
- Select the Fellow category you are searching for to populate the field
- Click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page
Review and Election Process
Fellowship applications are peer reviewed by the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will make a recommendation to approve or defer the application based on how well the eligibility requirements and criteria are met. A slate containing the names of candidates that meet the eligibility requirements and criteria is presented to the Leadership Committee for election at its bi-annual meetings. Applicants will be advised of the status of their application via email in late March (spring review cycle) and late September (fall review cycle).
Recognition and Acknowledgement
Newly elected Fellows will be acknowledged by the Council's Leadership and presented a FAHA certificate to commemorate this career achievement at the Council’s Annual Dinner held during the ATVB Annual Conference (spring election) and the Annual Business Meeting/Awards Luncheon held during the AHA Scientific Sessions (fall election). Newly elected Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend these events.
- Entitlement to use the designation of Fellow of the AHA (FAHA). This designation reflects not only the professional stature of the Fellow, but also his/her record of valuable service to the association and the council.
- Access to online AHA journals at no cost.
- Reduced subscription rates for all AHA print journals.
- Priority registration and housing for Scientific Sessions and International Stroke Conference.
- Reduced registration fee to the AHA Scientific Sessions and other AHA sponsored conferences.
- Opportunity to serve as a Mentor in the Mentoring for Professionals program.
- Access to the FAHA Lounge at Scientific Sessions.
- 8" X 11" Fellowship certificate suitable for framing.
- Complete roster of council Fellows (by request only).
Annual Membership Dues/FAHA Maintenance
AHA Fellows elected through the ATVB Council are required to maintain membership at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the suspension of active Fellowship status.
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