Fellowship - Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine

Fellowship provides a means to recognize contributions to the field, and volunteer leadership and service to the American Heart Association and is reserved for scientists and clinical professionals with a major and productive interest in genetics, genomics or other omic sciences, systems and translational biology precision medicine and/or bioinformatics.

Eligibility Requirement

To be eligible for consideration for AHA Fellowship the candidate must:

  1. Must be an active member at the Premium Professional or Premium Professional Plus level at the time the nomination is submitted.
  2. Membership 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.


The title of FAHA conferred by the GPM Council is reserved for scientists and clinical professionals engaged in genetics, genomics or other omic sciences, systems or translations biology, precision medicine or bioinformatics. The criteria are established by the Leadership Committee in concert with the AHA’s Scientific Advisory and Coordinating Committee. The criteria for election to International are equivalent to those described for Fellows. The candidate must be able to meet all of the stated criteria.

  1. Has been affiliated with the Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine (GPM) for at least two years. 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/ASA to become eligible to apply for FAHA.
  2. Scientists must be making meritorious contributions to the field of genomic and precision medicine, as evidenced by at least four published articles in cardiovascular journals and related peer-reviewed journals.
  3. Domestic candidates must be able to show evidence of significant and current volunteer service to the AHA/ASA. Significant and current service to the AHA can be demonstrated through leadership and involvement in national, council, affiliate and/or local activities. Examples of volunteer service include but are not limited to:
    • Committee Participation: Active participation on committees, boards and task forces at the local, affiliate, council and/or national level(s);
    • Development and Fundraising: Active participation in organizing events or teams for AHA fundraising activities (Heart Walk, Heart Galas, Hoops for Heart, Heart Run, etc.);
    • Advocacy Efforts: Active participation in advocacy grassroots efforts, including You're the Cure, leading policy adoption or change, informing legislators about AHA and cardiovascular health issues at local, state and national levels;
    • Professional and Lay Education Programs: Active participation in writing groups, abstract grading, speakers bureau and Get with the Guidelines;
    • 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.

Application Submission and Deadlines

The GPM Council 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 must be proposed by any active AHA/ASA Fellow (dues are up-to-date) who is affiliated with the GPM Council and well acquainted with your current professional activities. Emeritus Fellows are exempt from paying annual dues. To apply for AHA Fellowship, please follow the procedures below:

  • Sign in with your Professional Heart Daily username and password to apply online through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System.
  • Complete all sections of the application in order to avoid delay. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • The following documents are required and must be uploaded with the application. 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
    • Clinical candidates must include documentation of formal training and/or experience in a relevant clinical setting.
    • A letter of recommendation from your proposer. The letter must be written on business letterhead, signed by the proposer, and clearly articulate how the candidate meets each of the criteria.
    • Head and shoulder photograph. Please note that the submission of a photograph is optional and may be used to recognize elected Fellows in Connections and Professional Heart Daily website.

Please note: Attending and/or presenting at the AHA Scientific Session or other AHA sponsored conference is not considered volunteer service.

Locate a Proposer

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

  1. Sign in with your Professional Heart Daily username and password.
  2. Select you personalized Dashboard page.
  3. Select Membership Directory from the left-hand navigation
  4. Select Advanced Search.
  5. Select Council.
  6. Under Member Type, select International Fellow or Fellow.

Review and Election Process

Fellowship applications are reviewed by the Nominating Committee and a slate containing the names of candidates that meet the criteria is presented to the Leadership Committee for election its bi-annual meetings. Elected Fellows will be acknowledged at the Council's Annual Dinner held the AHA Scientific Sessions Certificates of Fellowship are distributed following these meetings.

Annual Membership Dues/Fellowship Maintenance

AHA Fellows elected through the GPM 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.

Fellowship (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).


Contact the AHA Fellowship Desk:

Email: Professional.Membership@Heart.org

Phone: (214)706-1306

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