Fellowship - Council on Epidemiology and Prevention

Fellowship provides a means 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 in the AHA. International members may also demonstrate volunteer service and/or leadership in similar societies within their country.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be an active member at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level at the time the nomination is submitted.
  2. Member dues must be up-to-date.
  3. Must have been an AHA member for at least two years.
  4. Applicant must be affiliated with the Council through which the application is submitted.


AHA Fellowship conferred by the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) is reserved for Premium Professional Members who are scientists, physicians, clinical professionals and academicians with a major and productive interest in cardiovascular disease epidemiology and/or cardiovascular disease prevention, and whose accomplishments support the stated objectives of the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) and the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention.

The candidate must be able to demonstrate manifestation of continued interest and intention to remain active in any aspect of epidemiology and/or prevention as evidenced by:

  1. Has been actively involved in the field of CVD epidemiology or CVD prevention for at least 5 years.
  2. Has made substantial contributions to the field as evidenced by approximately 8 publications in peer reviewed journals in the field of CVD epidemiology or prevention with at least 2 manuscripts as first author or equivalent as reflected by participation in research activities.
  3. Clinical or community service in CVD epidemiology or prevention or teaching in the field of CVD epidemiology or prevention.
  4. 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.

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

International Fellowship Criteria

  • 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.

Application Submission and Deadlines

The Council on Epidemiology and Prevention considers applications for AHA Fellowship during the spring and fall of each year. Applications may be submitted through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System until:

  • Spring Review Cycle: January 10, 11 p.m. Central Time
  • Fall Review Cycle: July 10, 11 p.m. Central Time
  • Applications entered after the deadlines cannot be successfully submitted.

How to Apply

Candidates may be proposed by any active AHA Fellow (dues up-to-date) or Emeritus Fellow (Emeritus Fellows are exempt from paying dues) who is well acquainted with the candidate's current professional activities and AHA volunteer involvement. The proposer need not be affiliated with the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. To apply for AHA Fellowship, please follow the procedures below:

  1. Sign in with your Professional Heart Daily username and password to apply online through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System.
  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:
    • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
    • 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; an electronic signature is acceptable.
    • Head and shoulder photograph that may be used to recognize newly elected Fellows in Connections, AHA journals and Professional Heart Daily website.

Locate a Proposer

Locate AHA Fellows by name or council in the online Member Directory. To access the AHA online member directory:

  1. Log into professional.heart.org with an active login
  2. Click on your Dashboard and choose Member 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

Fellowship applications are peer reviewed by the Membership Committee during the spring and fall of each year. A slate containing the names of candidates that meet the eligibility requirements and criteria is presented to the Leadership Committee for election its bi-annual meetings. Candidates will be advised of the status of their application via email prior to the EPI|Lifestyle Scientific Sessions (spring review cycle) and prior the AHA Scientific Sessions (fall review cycle).

Recognition and Acknowledgement

Newly elected Fellows will be recognized by the Council Leadership at the Annual Dinners held during the Annual EPI|Lifestyle Dinner (spring review cycle) and the AHA Scientific Sessions (Fall review cycle). Newly elected Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend these events.

FAHA Benefits

  • 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 Member Dues/Fellowship Maintenance

AHA Fellows elected through the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention are required to maintain member status at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level. Failure to meet this requirement will render your FAHA status inactive.


Contact the AHA Fellowship Desk:

Email: Professional.Membership@Heart.org

Phone: (214) 706-1306

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