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BCVS International Travel Grant

Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences

Award Application Window: April 17–Aug. 20, 2019 at 11 p.m. (Central Time)

The Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) proudly supports and encourages the research efforts of early career investigators and trainees in the United States and abroad. The BCVS Council is offering a travel grant to international students and early career members to attend Scientific Sessions in November.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must first submit an abstract for presentation at the AHA Scientific Sessions in accordance with the rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to the AHA Scientific Sessions. The abstract must be submitted to one of the categories primarily sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences. Please view a list of Scientific Sessions Council Awards and Travel Grants Available by Abstract Category and Community (PDF).
  • Visit Scientific Sessions to submit an abstract before the abstract submission deadline. Your abstract control number will need to be noted for the travel grant application.
  • Applicant must be a member of the BCVS Council by the time of application. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so as soon as possible for your membership to be processed in time to receive a membership number before the application submission deadline.
  • The candidate must hold an academic rank of no higher than that of instructor (or equivalent) at the time of submission of the abstract; or, at the time of abstract submission, the candidate must not have held a faculty appointment for longer than two years.
  • The candidate must not be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • The candidate must be working outside the United States.
  • The applicant must be able to present an abstract that has been accepted to the AHA Scientific Sessions in either a poster session or oral abstract session. If the applicant is unable to present the abstract, he/she will be disqualified from the award.
  • Winners are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.

How to Apply/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required by the application deadline date. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted. Abstracts and application material must be submitted in English.

**Candidates may apply for more than one travel grant; however, an applicant is eligible to receive only one travel grant.

Your application file should contain the following documents in electronic format:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of citizenship in specified country (ID card or passport copy)
  • Letter from the candidate, cosigned by the mentor, attesting that the research was performed primarily by the candidate, that he or she is the primary (first) author of the abstract, that the candidate has not held a faculty position for longer than two years at the time of abstract submission, and that the research has not been previously published or presented elsewhere. Supportive statements of the candidate and his or her relevant qualifications as a researcher are also encouraged.
  • Copy of abstract, including formal title, that has been submitted to Scientific Sessions.

Visit the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the 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 Professional Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on 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 as soon as possible for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.


The council will award 10 recipients $1,000 each. The travel grant must be used to cover travel costs to attend Scientific Sessions.