PVD FIT Travel Grant

Sponsored by the Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)

Scientific Sessions 2024 Travel Grants applications will open on May 1, 2024.

To qualify for Scientific Sessions 2024 travel grants, you must meet the following deadlines:

  • August 16, 2024 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with the sponsoring council.
  • August 23, 2024, 6 p.m. CDT – Deadline to submit your travel grant application for Scientific Sessions 2024.

The Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is offering a $750 travel grant. The $750 grant is expected to support registration and related travel expenses to American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants for the Travel Grant must be members of the American Heart Association with primary affiliation to the PVD Council at the time of application. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Member, you should do so no later than one week prior to the application submission deadline. Learn more about AHA Professional Membership.
  • Applicant must be active in research and still be in training as an undergraduate or pre-doctoral student, or be active in research and within 10 years of completing medical fellowship (or residency as NIH states, MDs would be Fellows for 3–6 years of the 7–10), terminal degree or highest certificate (e.g., MSc, PhD), as of the award application date.
  • Applicants are encouraged but not required to submit an abstract to Scientific Sessions, and only the “first/primary author” may apply. Please view a list of Scientific Sessions council awards and travel grants available by abstract category and community (PDF).
  • The applicant must be the abstract presenter.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the AHA Officers have the discretion to determine eligibility for the award in extraordinary circumstances when there is an issue relating to AHA policy or positions or other potentially controversial issue relating to the positioning or perception of the AHA.
  • Winners are not eligible to receive a grant for the same award in subsequent years.
  • Each recipient of AHA council-sponsored awards, regardless of award category, is eligible to receive only one council-sponsored award each year per AHA scientific meeting. (For example, an Early Career Investigator Award finalist will not be eligible to receive a travel stipend for the same meeting.)
  • There are no citizenship requirements.

Evaluation Criteria

The application will be judged by a panel of AHA volunteers from the Peripheral Vascular Disease Planning Committee. Criteria includes:

  • Demonstrated commitment and interest in identifying and treating patients with peripheral vascular disease.
  • Applicant’s potential to make an impact in the care and treatment of patients with peripheral vascular disease.
  • Applicant’s record of accomplishments, as evidenced in CV by length and type of service, awards, etc.

How to Apply/Document Requirements

Applications should be submitted though the Council Awards Application System. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

Your application file should contain the following documents in electronic format (preferably PDF):

  • Candidate statement
    • One-page describing current interest/commitment to the care of patients with peripheral vascular disease and why you believe you would benefit from attendance at Scientific Sessions (including the PVD Council dinner).
  • Updated CV containing elements such as (if applicable): (1) education, (2) employment history, (3) awards/citations, (4) presentations or lectures, (5) publications/articles/book chapters.
  • Letter (maximum length 1 page) on appropriate letterhead from the referent with signature, including at least: (1) verification that applicant is a vascular/cardiovascular post-graduate trainee or junior faculty (2) relationship of referent to the applicant, (3) referent’s opinion as to the potential of the applicant to make an impact in future work surrounding care and treatment of peripheral vascular disorders, and (4) referent’s knowledge of prior accomplishments of applicant in the domain of peripheral vascular disease. No additional references are required.

Visit the Council Awards Application System for full award details and to obtain the application form. A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, please visit Professional Heart Daily to create an online member profile before accessing the Council Awards Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

AHA Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait for your AHA membership number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new members join the AHA no later than one week prior to application submission deadline.


Each winner will receive:

  • $750 grant to help offset costs of attending Scientific Sessions.
  • One complimentary ticket to the PVD Council dinner. Attendance at Scientific Sessions and the PVD Council dinner are mandatory and will be verified before the grant is awarded.

Awardees will be notified in September and will be required to pay their registration for the meeting.


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