Predoctoral Fellowship

Funding Agency:
American Heart Association

Statement of Purpose

To enhance the integrated research and clinical training of promising students who are matriculated in pre-doctoral or clinical health professional degree training programs and who intend careers as scientists, physician-scientists or other clinician-scientists, or related careers aimed at improving global cardiovascular health.

Science Focus

All basic, clinical, behavioral, translational and population research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.


AHA awards are open to the array of aspiring academic and health professionals. This includes but is not limited to all academic disciplines (biology, chemistry, mathematics, technology, physics, etc.) and all health-related professions (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, pharmacists physical and occupational therapists, statisticians, nutritionists, etc.).

Clinical, translational, population, behavioral, and basic scientists are encouraged to apply. AHA maintains dedicated Peer Review Committees by science type and subject.

AHA strongly encourages applications by women, underrepresented minorities in the sciences, and those who have experienced varied and non-traditional career trajectories.

Deadline: Sep. 7, 2022

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

At the time of application, the applicant must:

  • be a post baccalaureate, pre-doctoral Ph.D. (or equivalent) student who seeks research training with a sponsor/mentor prior to embarking on a research career.
  • be a full-time student working towards his/her degree.  
  • have completed initial coursework and be at the stage of the doctoral program where he/she can devote full-time effort to research or activities related to the development into an independent researchers.

An applicant may submit only one AHA Predoctoral Fellowship application per deadline.



Amount Description

AHA does not pay indirect costs on fellowships.

Annual Stipend – matches the NIH scale for predoctoral fellows 
2017: $23,844, plus $1,000 per year for health insurance. Note: Stipend may be used to further supplement health insurance cost, however, the $1,000 health insurance allowance may not be used for any other purpose.

Project Support
$2,000 per year, in addition to the stipend. (No limit on any line item (travel, computer, equipment, etc.). International travel is permitted and does not require prior AHA approval.

Award Duration 
One or two years
If applying for only one year of support, select the ONE YEAR form for this program before beginning the application in Grants@Heart.

Total Award Amount:  
$26,844 - $53,688

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


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

External Deadline

September 7, 2022