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CVSN and Stroke Travel Stipend

Applications Open: May 20, 2015 & Application Deadline: Aug. 11, 2015

The Stroke Committee of the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN) Council is offering four - $1,000 travel stipends. The $1,000 awards are expected to support registration, travel and hotel for the AHA/ASA State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium on February 16, 2016. Awardees are encouraged to register for and attend the AHA/ASA International Stroke Conference (ISC) as well, but registration for the ISC is separate and not included as a complimentary item.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants for the Travel Stipend must be members of the AHA/ASA with affiliation to the CVSN Council at the time of application. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so no later than June 15th for your membership to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. (Learn more about AHA membership through the AHA website: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/).
  • Each applicant for AHA/ASA council-sponsored awards, regardless of award category, is eligible to receive only one council-sponsored award per AHA/ASA conference per year. Applicants must represent nursing, by meeting the following criteria: (1) applicant must be a full-time employee as a registered nurse or nurse practitioner, as noted in the application form and confirmed in the letter of recommendation, and (2) applicant must be involved in the care of patients related to stroke or conduct research related to stroke.
  • Applicants must submit an application packet by the award deadline that includes the following three items: (1) application form, (2) Current Curriculum Vitae (CV), and (3) one letter of recommendation from a supervisor, colleague, or AHA member addressing the applicant’s commitment to providing quality nursing care to patients with stroke.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the AHA/ASA Officers have the discretion to determine eligibility for the award in extraordinary circumstances when there is an issue relating to AHA/ASA policy or positions or other potentially controversial issue relating to the positioning or perception of the AHA/ASA.
  • Each applicant will be evaluated on their commitment to providing quality nursing care to patients with stroke as evidenced by information in their personal statement, CV and letter of recommendation. The goal of these Travel Stipends is to encourage attendance at the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium and International Stroke Conference.
  • There are four travel stipends available. Stipend 1 is targeted for first timer attendees to the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium. Stipend 2 is targeted for international applicants. Stipend 3 is targeted for early career applicants. Early career applicants are nurses in the first 5 years of either nursing, research, or care of patients with stroke. Stipend 4 targets minorities. The candidate for stipend 4 must be a minority by the standard NIH definition: He or she belongs to a minority group underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral science careers, based on their minority group's representation in the total population. This includes American Indians (including Alaskan Natives, Eskimos and Aleutians), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, African Americans and Hispanics. Other candidates considered a minority are those from medically underserved populations with low socio-economic status and those living in rural areas to include whites. . When completing your application please indicate which stipend you are applying for.
  • Winners are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years. There are no citizenship requirements.

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):

  • Completed application form
  • Updated CV containing at least the following elements (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 full-time RN (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 of patients related to stroke, and (4) referent’s knowledge of prior accomplishments of applicant in the domain of stroke. No additional references are required.

Visit the Council Awards Application System for full award details and to obtain the application form. AHA 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 no later than June 15 for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.

Evaluation Criteria

The application will be judged by a panel of AHA/ASA volunteers from the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council Stroke Committee. Criteria include:

  • Demonstrated commitment and interest in the care of patients related to stroke.
  • Applicant’s potential to make an impact in the care of patients.
  • Applicant’s record of accomplishments, as evidenced in CV by length and type of service, awards, etc.

Prize

The four winners will each receive $1,000 travel stipend to use to help defray registration and travel costs to attend the State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium.