Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)

Fellowship is open to physicians, scientists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with a major and productive interest in cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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The Fall 2022 FAHA cycle opening has been postponed.

This notice will change when the cycle opens. Please check back periodically.

What is FAHA?

For those who qualify, election as a Fellow of the American Heart Association recognizes your scientific and professional accomplishments, volunteer leadership and service. By earning the right to include the initials FAHA among your credentials, you let colleagues and patients know that you have been welcomed into one of the world’s most eminent organizations of cardiovascular and stroke professionals.

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Preparing and Submitting Your FAHA Application

Basic Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for AHA Fellowship (FAHA):

  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.

Applicant must be affiliated with the Council through which the application is submitted

Information Required to Complete Your Application

  1. Review the FAHA Track Criteria – Application Form – select the track you feel you best qualified for. Download and complete the FAHA Track Criteria Application Form.
  2. If necessary, update your CV with any missing information.
  3. Be prepared to document all volunteer activities to the AHA and to other medical organizations that support the AHA Mission. Volunteer service is heavily weighted in the scoring process.

Locate A Proposer for your Letter of Recommendation

Locate AHA Fellows by name or council in the Professional Volunteer Search Tool. To access the Volunteer Search Tool

  1. Log into professional.heart.org with an active login.
  2. Click on your Dashboard and choose Professional Volunteer Search Tool. Here you will be able search for a FAHA from a specific council.

International Fellowship Criteria Alternatives

International applicants will be required to complete the FAHA Track Criterial application form and the online application data the same as domestic applicants. Listed below are alternatives to meet the Volunteer Service and the Letter of Recommendation requirements.

Volunteer Service

International candidates may show evidence of volunteer involvement and service in the American Heart Association or similar Regional, national, or international scientific organizations. All volunteer activity must be documented on the application to be considered.

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.

Letter of Recommendation

If the candidate does not have access to FAHA that knows their work, their letter of reference may be authored by the Chair or Academic Chair of their institution. A second Letter of reference may be submitted by an International Scientific Leader. Only one letter is required but international candidates may submit two if they do not have a FAHA that can verify their accomplishments.


A CV template is available to download that shows what information is expected on the CV submitted with the application. It is highly recommended that candidates supplement their current CVs with any information listed on the CV Template that does not already show on their CV. It is not necessary to rebuild one’s CV. Pages with can be added at the back of the CV to provide missing information.

Note: Many candidates have not been elected FAHA in the past because their CVs and applications did not provide necessary information to be scored effectively.

AHA Staff Fellowship Criteria

  • AHA Staff applying for FAHA status must meet the 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.

How to Apply

Candidates may be proposed by any active AHA Fellow or Emeritus Fellow (dues are up-to-date) who is well acquainted with the candidate's professional activities and volunteer involvement in the AHA or international society. To apply for AHA Fellowship please follow the procedures below:

  1. From the All Council FAHA page, click on the link to the Council Awards System
  2. Sign in with your Professional Heart Daily username and password
  3. Once in the application, be sure to select your council from the drop down.
  4. Complete all sections of the application (Using the Tips for Completing your FAHA application document will be helpful – download the document from the
  5. Resource section of this page) Incomplete applications will not be scored.
  6. Attach documentation as required. Applications that do not include the required documents will be considered incomplete and will not be scored:
    • An up-to-date curriculum vitae. (check against the CV Template – found in Resource section of this page)
    • A letter of recommendation from your proposer. (Considerations for Letter of Recommendation – found in Resource section on this page) The letter must be written on business letterhead, and be signed by the proposer; an electronic signature is acceptable.
    • Completed Areas of Excellence document (found in Resource section of this page)
    • Head and shoulder photograph that may be used to recognize newly elected Fellows in Connections, AHA journals and Professional Heart Daily website.

To begin your application, click Council Awards

Enter your PHD Login and Password when requested.

Click Apply for an Award or Fellowship

screenshot from Council Awards System showing links for applicants and nominators - Apply for an Award or fellowship selection

Using the dropdown box, select your council affiliation

screenshot from Council Awards System showing Council Affiliation dropdown box

Applications do not need to be completed in one sitting. To work on an application already in progress, log back in using the Council Awards URL on this page. Under the Links for Applicants, click Review My Application.

screenshot from Council Awards System showing links for applicants and nominators - Review My Application selection.


Peer Review and Election Processes

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 at its bi-annual meetings.

Recognition and Acknowledgement

Newly elected Fellows will be recognized in the Connections Newsletter, via signage at the FAHA Lounge at Scientific Sessions, and for councils who have Council Dinners during the Scientific Sessions, new FAHAs will be recognized there. Newly elected FAHAs are strongly encouraged to attend this event.

FAHA Resources for Applications

These downloadable resources will provide information and tips to make the application process much easier.

Note: The FAHA Track Criteria - Application Form is a required part of the application

FAHA Criteria Track – Application Form (PDF) – Required component of FAHA application. Complete and attach to Council Awards Application

CV Template (PDF) – CV Template shows what the scoring committees look for in candidates. If candidate resumes do not have the information listed on the CV Template, candidates should consider adding missing information to their CVs before submission. This can be done by adding an additional page or pages to ensure all requested information is provided.

Considerations for FAHA Letter of Recommendation (PDF) – recommended information to be included in a Letter of Recommendation. This document may be provided to the individual selected to provide your letter of recommendation.

Tips for Completing your FAHA application (PDF) – provides tips for navigating the AHA Council Awards System.

Council Acronyms (PDF)

FAHA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When applying for FAHA, does each council have council specific criteria?

No, applicants from all councils will be evaluated against the same criteria. The FAHA Track Criteria application form that can be found in the Resources section of the web page, should be downloaded and completed, then uploaded to the online application on the Council Awards System.

Does attendance at Scientific Conferences count as Volunteer Service?

No, attending and/or presenting at AHA Scientific Sessions or other AHA sponsored conference may be considered as scholarly contributions but does not qualify as AHA volunteer service.

As an international member, I don’t have access to acquire volunteer service through the AHA. Is there another way I can qualify for volunteer service toward the FAHA designation?

International applicants that do not have access to AHA volunteer opportunities may acquire their volunteer service through similar regional, national or international organizations/associations.

How much does it cost to become a FAHA?

There is no fee to apply or maintain a FAHA status. However, those applying to become a FAHA must be at a Premium Professional membership tier at the time their application is submitted. If elected as a FAHA, members must remain at a Premium Professional tier to maintain their FAHA status.

If my FAHA status becomes inactive for any reason, do I have to reapply to get my FAHA status reinstated?

If a FAHA’s membership tier drops below a Premium Professional tier or their membership expires, their FAHA status becomes inactive. Upon renewal or reinstatement at a Premium Professional membership tier their FAHA status will automatically be reinstated.

If I transition my membership to an Emeritus status, will I be able to keep my FAHA status?

If you are a current FAHA and meet the qualifications to transition to an Emeritus status, yes, you will be transitioned into an Emeritus Fellow.

Can I apply to become a FAHA if I am an AHA Staff member?

AHA staff that meet the qualifications may apply to become a FAHA. Please see the requirements for AHA Staff in Preparing your FAHA Application section.

Due Dates for Applications

  • Fall Deadline: July 10
  • Spring Deadline: January 24

Don’t Wait!

Apply Now

  1. Click Council Awards
  2. Enter your PHD Login and Password when requested.
  3. Click Apply for an Award or Fellowship
  4. Using the dropdown box, select your council affiliation

Fellowship (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 their 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
  • Reduced registration fee to the AHA Scientific Sessions and other AHA/ASA sponsored conferences
  • Access to the FAHA Lounge at Scientific Sessions
  • 8" X 11" Fellowship certificate suitable for framing
  • Complete roster of council Fellows (by request only)