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American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship

The American Heart Association (AHA) offers a Predoctoral Fellowship to enhance the research and clinical training of aspiring professionals in a predoctoral or clinical health degree.

At a glance:

  • $25,320 stipend pay per year, plus $4,200 per year for health insurance, and additional funds for project support and travel
  • can apply for up to two years of support
  • open to the array of aspiring academic and health professionals

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).

This fellowship is subject to internal deadlines set by the graduate fellowship advisor.

Determining Which On-Campus Office To Apply Through

Graduate Division

  • The applicant is a single-degree seeking student enrolled in a graduate program
  • The submission requires a Grants Officer signature from Graduate Division, please route the application to See UCSD application guide for details. 

Office of Contracts and Grants Administration (OCGA)

  • Applicants/students enrolled in a professional degree program (i.e. PharmD, PharmD/PhD, or MD/PhD program) will need to contact.

Internal Deadlines

This deadline has passed, please see the American Heart Association website for updates

Note for December Deadlines for AHA: ProposalCentral/Altum and AHA offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 29.  Assistance will not be available during this time. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their submissions early. Please note the Graduate Division will also be closed during this time.

AHA Predoctoral Fellowship 2020 Deadlines

Date Deadline What's Due
November 12, 2020 Deadline to submit intake form Intake form
November 24, 2020 at 12pm Internal Deadline

Send an email to to notify the Graduate Fellowship Advisor that your application is in final form and ready for review. 

If you submit your application for review without the attachments, the attachments will not be reviewed and it will be the responsibility of the applicant to check for formatting and other requirements. 

Graduate Division will review the application, provide revisions if necessary, and sign the application. The student must sign before submitting the application to Graduate Division. 

December 1, 2020 Agency Deadline Student submits application to AHA
Earliest award start date: Spring 2021


Application Resources

How to Apply

Application Process

Submitting an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship proposal is a multifaceted process. Below you will find information about the different pieces of the process that accompany the instructions linked in the section above. 

The Application

The American Heart Association uses an online application portal called Proposal Central from which you will prepare, submit, and track your application.

You will also need to create an ORCID iD and connect this to your Proposal Central account. 

Search for American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. Follow the instructions in the application resources linked in the section above. 

  • ORCID iD
    • Register for an ORCID account.
      • NOTE: If there is not an ORCID iD linked to your application an error will be generated preventing the application from moving forward to consideration.
  • Letters of Reference
    • Each applicant must obtain three letters of reference. Those providing the references must upload them into Proposal Central by the deadline date. The proposal cannot be submitted without the reference reports. A sponsor, co-sponsor, collaborating investigator or consultant contributing to the proposal may not serve as a referent.

    • A referent is an individual familiar with the applicant’s scientific interests and abilities. Letters should be composed by the referent and should not originate from the applicant.

    • Reference Letter Submission Process

Campus Requirements to Process NIH Application

  • Kuali Record Number
    • This number will be assigned to you once the mentor's fund manager has created a Kuali PD record for your application. The Kuali Record number is used for the internal administration of the proposal, including the dissemination of COI forms.
  • Kuali Conflict of Interest (COI)
    • Kuali COI forms should be submitted prior to submission 
    • The student, the mentor, and any co-mentors should submit COI forms
    • COI forms are submitted through Kuali COI, for more information, click the link above. A fund manager should assist in this process.
    • 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. All COI forms should be submitted through Kuali COI.

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 Dean of Graduate Division, please first ensure that all other information and signatures are added to the document.

Important Information

The Graduate Division does not assume responsibility for errors or omissions in the applicant's submission. We will do our best to review the format of the proposal; however final responsibility for format, content, and completeness always rests with the applicant. Please proofread the application fully and connect with both the graduate fellowship advisor and departmental fund manager for additional guidance prior to submission.