American Heart Association Student Scholarships in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

Application Window: January 24–April 1, 2022 (6 p.m. CT)

Applicants will be notified of funding by June 1 via email.

The scientific councils of the American Heart Association (AHA) want to stimulate interest, knowledge and investigative work in students in medicine, nursing, public health, nutrition and other allied health disciplines. AHA Student Scholarships support students conducting research projects related to cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and stroke within basic, clinical, translational or population sciences early during pre-doctoral training, usually during the summer. Projects must be conducted under qualified supervision and each applicant and applicant’s preceptor must be members of the AHA at the time of application.

AHA scholarships provide valuable stipends for graduate-level or medical students during the research project. The scholarship stipends may be used for student expenses, lab fees, or other costs incurred by the student during the project.


Eligible applicants include students in medical schools or in master’s or equivalent programs in an accredited school in the United States where research training in cardiovascular disease and stroke is available.

MD/PhD and PhDs are ineligible unless the PhD was obtained previously in an area not related to basic sciences.

Each applicant and applicant’s preceptor must be members of the AHA at the time of application.

The awards will be made to institutions within the United States in which the research training is available to students under qualified supervision. If the student conducts the research at a location other than his/her home institution, he/she must have written approval of his/her dean or other responsible individual.

Time Period

The typical applicant for these scholarships will be conducting research over the summers.

The award will be considered for students to work on a project or projects over the summer or in a block of several months not to exceed May 30 of the following calendar year.

According to IRS guidelines, scholarships given for research work are considered taxable income. Applicants should consult a tax advisor and/or their university if they have questions.