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Early Career Council Awards

Early career investigators are PhDs and/or MDs who are still in training (i.e., residency, fellowship, etc.) or have completed training within the last four years; or PhDs and/or MDs who are still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment as of the award application date.

All applicants and applicant sponsors for Early Career Investigator Awards sponsored by a scientific council must be members of the Sponsoring Council of the AHA/ASA.  Learn more about AHA membership.

  • An individual may not compete for similar Early Career Investigator awards from other American Heart Association scientific councils that will be presented at the same meeting.
  • Previous winners and finalists for these awards are not eligible to re-enter the same competition in subsequent years. However, applicants may apply for a different award program in which they haven't previously been a winner or finalist.
  • Only one manuscript and abstract per candidate will be considered for awards. The manuscript may have co-authors, but the applicant must be the first and presenting author.
  • There are no citizenship requirements for these awards.
  • Women and under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Evaluation Criteria

Panels of distinguished researchers, scientists, nurses, clinicians and academicians representing the breadth of cardiovascular disease and stroke will judge applications.  Awards that do not involve abstracts may use different evaluation criteria. Please consult the specific award Web page for detailed evaluation criteria.

How to Apply

All applicants for awards associated with the AHA Scientific Sessions in November should submit applications through the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System.

List of Early Career Awards by Council

Awards associated with the Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions, May 14–16, 2019, Boston, Mass.

Application for these awards may be made by submitting an abstract for presentation at Vascular Discovery 2019 by January 15, 2019. For detailed instructions, eligibility requirements and award criteria, click on the award below:

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10–12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Award Application Window: April 18-June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10–12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Award Application Window: April 18-June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10–12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Award Application Window: April 18-June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10–12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Award Application Window: April 18-June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10–12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Award Application Window: April 18-June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10–12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Award Application Window: April 18-June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

Awards associated with the EPI | Lifestyle 2019 Scientific Sessions, March 5–8, 2019, Houston, Texas.

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10–12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Award Application Window: April 18-June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

Awards associated with the Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions, May 14–16, 2019, Boston, Mass.

Applications for this award may be made by submitting an abstract for presentation at Vascular Discovery 2019 by January 15, 2019. For detailed instructions, eligibility requirements and award criteria, click on the award below:

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10–12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Award Application Window: April 18-June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

Awards associated with the EPI | Lifestyle 2019 Scientific Sessions, March 5–8, 2019, Houston, Texas.

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10–12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Award Application Window: April 18-June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

Awards associated with the Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions, May 14–16, 2019, Boston, Mass.

Applications for this award may be made by submitting an abstract for presentation at Vascular Discovery 2019 Scientific Sessions by the Jan. 15, 2019 deadline. For detailed instructions, eligibility requirements and award criteria, click on the award below:

Awards associated with Scientific Sessions 2018, Nov. 10–12, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Award Application Window: April 18-June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (Central time)

Awards associated with the International Stroke Conference 2019, Feb. 6–8, 2019, Honolulu, Hawaii.

You must submit an abstract to the International Stroke Conference to be eligible for these awards. Abstract Submission Information

Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, 11:59 p.m. CDT.