Fellowship - Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing

Fellowship recognizes outstanding contributions in cardiovascular and stroke nursing and health, and volunteer leadership and service within the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Who Can Nominate

Any active Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) who is well acquainted with the candidate’s professional activities can initiate the nomination process. Self-nominations are unacceptable.


The Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) reserves Fellowship for members who have made meritorious contributions to cardiovascular and stroke nursing through practice, research, and/or education; and who have actively supported the AHA/ASA through volunteer service. Nominees must be able meet each of the criteria as defined:

  1. Must be able to demonstrate meritorious contributions to cardiovascular nursing through practice, research, and/or education that are recognized on a national level. Examples include but are not limited to: practice accomplishments, guideline development, patient education innovations, publishing in peer reviewed journals, conducting research, grant funding and peer review, leadership in cardiovascular and stroke nursing, leadership in interdisciplinary research, education and practice.
  2. Must be able to show significant and current volunteer service to the AHA/ASA:
    • Domestic candidates must show evidence AHA volunteer involvement and service through leadership and involvement in national, council, affiliate and/or local activities, including but not limited to:
      • Active participation as members and chairpersons of AHA and/or CVSN committees, boards and task forces at the local, affiliate, and/or national level;
      • Development and Fundraising (Heart Walk, galas, Go Red fund raisers, etc.); leadership roles such as organizing Heart Walk teams, raising funds, promoting AHA events and recruiting others to participate;
      • 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;
      • Professional and lay education programs including serving as an invited speaker, participating in a local AHA speakers 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.

Please note: Attending and/or presenting at the AHA Scientific Sessions or other AHA sponsored conference may be considered as scholarly contributions but not AHA/ASA volunteer service.

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.

Nomination Submission and Deadline

CVSN nominations must be submitted through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System and received by 11 p.m. on July 10.

How to Nominate

The Nominator and candidate must work together to complete the online application as the system will allow only one person to access the application and upload the required supporting documents. Please follow the procedures below to complete the online Fellowship application:

  1. Log on to the Council Awards/FAHA Application System with your Professional Heart Daily username and password.
  2. Complete all sections of the application in order to avoid delay. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  3. Attach documentation as required. Applications that do not include the required documents will be considered incomplete and will not be considered:
    • Up-to-date curriculum vitae with a list of publications (if applicable). Please list publications in the following order: data based journal articles, literature reviews, book chapters, abstracts and other.
    • A statement from the candidate that describes the impact of his/her contributions on cardiovascular nursing practice, research/scholarship and education.
    • One (1) letter of endorsement: letter from the nominator who must be an active FAHA and must be written on business letterhead, signed by the nominator, and must clearly articulate the how the candidate meets each of the criteria.
    • Head and shoulder photograph; the photograph may be used to recognize elected Fellows in Connections and Professional Heart Daily web site.

Locate a Proposer

Locate AHA/ASA Fellows by name or council in the online Membership Directory. To access the AHA online membership directory:

  1. Log into professional.heart.org with an active login
  2. Click on your Dashboard and choose Membership Directory under the Links section
  3. Click on the "Advanced Search" link
  4. On the Member Type field, click the arrow to drop down the selection list
  5. Select the Fellow category you are searching for to populate the field
  6. Click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page

Review and Election Process

The Nominating Committee reviews each nomination to insure the requirements and criteria are met and submits a slate of approved candidates to the Leadership Committee for approval at its fall meeting. The Leadership Committee acts on recommendations to formulate a ballot, which is then forwarded to the active Fellows of the CVSN Council for election. Elected Fellows will be recognized and presented a Fellowship certificate at the Council's Annual Dinner held during Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association in November. Newly elected FAHAs are strongly encouraged to attend the Annual Dinner.

FAHA Benefits

  • Entitlement to use the designation of Fellow of the AHA/ASA (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/ASA 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/Fellowship Maintenance

AHA Fellows 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. Emeritus Fellows are exempt from paying annual dues.


Contact the AHA Fellowship Desk:

Email: Professional.Membership@Heart.org

Phone: (214) 706-1306