Mid-Atlantic Affiliate - Medical/Graduate Student Fellowship

Funding Agency:
American Heart Association


To provide mentored support for medical/graduate students who seek experience working in an academic research lab. The goal is to encourage them to pursue research careers, focus their research interests, and provide a background for future training and career development programs once they have completed their medical/graduate training.

This is an institutional award to qualified research institutions within the affiliate's geographic boundaries that can offer a meaningful research experience to medical and/or graduate students. The institution applies, with an internal selection process outlined, in which the sponsor/student pairs apply together for one of the awards from the institution.

  • The institution is strongly encouraged to recruit students from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in science (Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander).
  • The institution may apply for support for two to five students per year. The request must be justified by the institution, based on how many students they can effectively manage.
  • This is a three-year award that supports two to five students per institution, per year. Renewal is based on satisfactory interim reporting from students, sponsors, and the program director

Deadline: Aug. 17, 2016

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Areas of Interest

Science Focus

Funding is available for research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease, stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, and public health problems. The program should be focused on basic, epidemiological and/or clinical disciplines that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems. The extent to which the focus of the project is related to cardiovascular disease and/or stroke is an important factor that will be considered in the evaluation of the proposal.  However, the program director is not required to be a part of a cardiovascular/stroke-oriented laboratory, clinic or department. 

The institution must demonstrate the ability to provide a meaningful research experience to students during the allotted 10-week fellowship experience.

Eligibility Requirements

American Heart Association research awards are limited to non-profit institutions, including medical, osteopathic and dental schools, veterinary schools, schools of public health, pharmacy schools, nursing schools, universities and colleges, public and voluntary hospitals and other institutions that can demonstrate the ability to conduct the proposed research. Applications proposed by federal institution or employees will not be accepted, except for applications to the AHA’s Cardiovascular Genome Phenome Study (“CVGPS”), and applications from Veterans Administration employees.

Funding is prohibited for projects conducted at institutions outside the United States.

The program director is the applicant for this award. At the time of application, he/she must:

  • possess a demonstrated track record of providing mentoring to student researchers;
  • be a full-time faculty member at the level of assistant professor (or equivalent) or above;
  • provide a detailed description of institutional support that is available to sponsors and students;
  • list potential sponsors, along with brief details about their background and nature of work;
  • outline how potential student awardees will be identified and recruited;
  • provide the procedure that sponsor/student teams will follow to compete for AHA funds granted to the institution;
  • submit a plan for obtaining annual feedback from current and former trainees to assess the quality and effectiveness of the fellowship experience;
  • must have one of the following designations at time of application:
    • United States citizen.
    • Permanent resident.
    • Pending permanent resident (any resident who has an approved I-765 form and has submitted an I-485 application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).
    • E-3 - specialty occupation worker.
    • H-1B Visa - temporary worker in a specialty occupation. Note: You must have an H-1B or equivalent by the award activation date. If the H-1B or equivalent is not received by the award activation date, the award must be relinquished.
    • J-1 Visa - exchange visitor. Note: You must have an H-1B or equivalent by the award activation date. If the H-1B or equivalent is not received by the award activation date, the award must be relinquished.
    • O-1 Visa - temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences.
    • TN Visa – North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional.
    • G-4 Visa - family member of employee of international organizations.
  • must maintain one of the designations listed above throughout duration of the award.



Amount Description

Trainee Stipend/Salary: $4,000 per student for the 10-week summer research experience Institution may request support for two to five students per year 
Award duration: Three years
Total Award Amount: $24,000 - $60,000

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 17, 2016