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Fellowship - Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health

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/ASA. International members may be nominated for International Fellowship and may demonstrate volunteer service and/or leadership in similar societies within their countries.

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. 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.


Fellowship is reserved for Premium Professional members who are scientists, physicians, clinical professionals and academicians with a major and productive interest in nutrition, physical activity, obesity or diabetes, and whose accomplishments support the stated objectives of the AHA/ASA and the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health. The candidate must be able to demonstrate manifestation of continued interest and intention to remain active in any aspect of nutrition, physical activity, obesity or diabetes as evidenced by:

  • Accomplishment of meritorious research in any aspect of nutrition, physical activity, obesity or diabetes.
  • Published three or more first-author, peer-reviewed papers addressing fundamental scientific questions.
  • Served in a faculty or investigative position for two or more years after completing training.
  • Hold membership or fellowship in research or professional organizations.

Candidate must be able to show significant volunteer service to the AHA/ASA 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/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.

Application Submission and Deadlines

The Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health considers applications for AHA/ASA Fellowship during the spring and fall of each year. Applications may be submitted through the Council Awards/FAHA Application System.

  • 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 an active AHA/ASA Fellow(up-to-date dues and print journal subscription [if applicable]) or Emeritus Fellow (Emeritus Fellows are exempt from paying dues) who is acquainted with the candidate's professional activities and volunteer service. The proposer's membership need not be affiliated with the Council through which the application is submitted. Please follow the procedures below to apply for AHA/ASA Fellowship:

  • Logon to the Council Awards/FAHA Application System. You will need your Professional Heart Daily username and password to access the system.
  • Complete all sections of the application in order to avoid delays. Incomplete applications cannot be successfully submitted through the online system.
  • Attach all required documentation. Applications that do not include the required documents cannot be successfully submitted through the online system required documents that must be submitted include:
    • An up-to-date curriculum vitae and complete bibliography,
    • A letter of recommendation from your proposer. The letter should clearly articulate how the candidate meets each of the criteria, must be written on business letterhead, and must be signed by the proposer - electronic signature is acceptable, and
    • A clear head and shoulders photograph. Please note that the photograph may be used to recognize newly elected Fellows in Connections and the Professional Heart Daily website.

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 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

Fellowship applications are peer reviewed by the Nominating 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 in late February (spring review cycle) and late October (fall review cycle).

Recognition and Acknowledgement

Newly elected Fellows will be recognized by the Council's Leadership and presented a certificate to commemorate this career achievement at the Annual Council Dinner held during the Annual EPI/Lifestyle Scientific Sessions (spring review cycle) and the AHA Scientific Sessions (fall review cycle).

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/ASA Fellows elected through the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 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.


Contact the AHA Fellowship Desk:


Phone: (214) 706-1306