This is an institutional award to qualified research institutions that can offer a meaningful research experience to undergraduate college 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 must include a student recruitment plan that is open to students at any school. A sponsor/student team may be located at any non-research undergraduate, if there is a letter from the sponsoring institution assuring support for the project and responsibility for the student’s work.
- 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.
- Program Director will submit the list of student trainees at award activation; this is not part of the application.
- To be eligible for this program, an undergraduate student must be classified at the junior or senior academic status at the time of award activation, or may complete the fellowship immediately following graduation.
- A student who was previously supported by an AHA student fellowship may apply for an additional fellowship in a subsequent year. However, a student who has been supported by two AHA undergraduate fellowships is no longer eligible to apply. An application for a second undergraduate fellowship should be well-justified.
- Student must be enrolled full-time or a recent graduate of an undergraduate degree program at a four-year college or university.
- At the time of application, student must be a United States citizen, or a foreign national holding a student, exchange or permanent resident visa, including an F-1, H1, H1B, J1, PR, TC or TN visa.
- Students are not required to reside in the U.S. for any period of time before applying for American Heart Association funding.