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American Heart Association (AHA) Pre-doctoral Fellowship Application Instructions

The American Heart Association (AHA) offers Pre-doctoral Fellowships that award a $23,844/year stipend for up to two years.

Please note that the Graduate Division must submit this application on your behalf.  Consequently, we have internal deadlines for submission, please see below in the drop down menu.

How to Submit Your Application to the Graduate Division

Please note that this Fellowship requires you to either be an American Heart Association Professional Member or pay $250 per application submission (some memberships are lower than $100)
  1. Begin by creating an account at Grants@Heart to start your application
  2. After creating your account, select Grants@Heart from the menu options
  3. This will take you to the New User Sign Up page
  4. Select Student/Trainee from the Customer Segment
  5. Under the Institution Information section find University of California, San Diego (Institution ID: 1+IKE+967)
  6. After completing the required fields, select register at the the bottom of the page
  7. This should bring you to the Grants@heart Dashboard
  8. In order to create a new application, select Application Administration on the upper left corner of the screen, find the option titled Create New Application
  9. Select a Program window should appear select either SummerPredoctoral Fellowship or Summer Predoctoral Fellowship ONE YEAR  depending on how many years of funding you are requesting
  10. When listing the institutional personnel, select Graduate Dean Kit Pogliano as the grants officer and Mark Cooper as the fiscal officer.
  11. Once you have uploaded all components of the application, submit the application to the grants officer (GO).  This will give the Graduate Division access to view your application.
  12. When you grant access to Dean Pogliano, please email the Graduate Fellowship Advisor. Attach your completed Fellowship Cover Sheet to this email.
    1. (Once you submit the application to the grants officer, the Graduate Division can release the application back to you so that the application can be revised before the deadline.
  13. As of the internal deadline, all components of the application prepared by the student or the sponsor must be present. However, letters of reference may be uploaded after the internal deadline.

The American Heart Association has adopted the Public Health Service’s 2012 guidelines for conflict of interest (COI). Under the new regulations, graduate fellowships are subject to COI disclosure. Prior to submitting the AHA application, both the student applicant and the faculty sponsor must submit the Financial Interest Disclosure for PHS-Funded Research form to UCSD's COI office. Before submitting the financial conflict of interest disclosure forms, please submit your completed Fellowship Cover Sheet to the Graduate Fellowship Advisor to receive a UCSD proposal number.

Please CC gradadvisor@ucsd.edu on all COI form submissions.

Internal Deadlines


How to complete and route AHA Award Agreement form to the Graduate Division

After completing the submission process, applicants receiving an award will  be notified via email  and the award activation process will begin. If/When you receive the notice of award that states that your application has been successful; you will be prompted to complete an Award Agreement.

The Award Agreement will require information from the Awardee/PI, the AHA reference number and the project title/period. After the Awardee/PI has populated the document with this information, your next step will be to acquire all of the necessary signatures. Before coming to the Graduate Division for both the Grants and Contracts Officer and the Fiscal Officer signature, both of which can be provided to you by Graduate Dean Kit Pogliano, please first ensure that all other information and signatures are added to the document.

Please Note: The Graduate Division cannot assume responsibility for errors in the applicant's submission. We will do our best to review the format of your proposal; however final responsibility for format, content, and completeness rests with the applicant.