Early Career

Early Career Development and Resources - Office of Science Operations

We know you want the best career resources. Our Early Career Professional Membership and mentoring programs give you top-notch tools to maximize your growth as a young professional. Our goal is for all Early Career Members to play a crucial role in our prestigious organization. We give you opportunities to meet and dialogue about specialty and career issues with other Early Career Members and more senior professionals across the globe.
This affordable access:

  • Helps build your career pathway.
  • Provides guidance from the best of the best (an experienced Mentor/Professional Member).
  • Brings you the latest scientific research.
  • Gets you involved — network with peers, join a committee, volunteer.

Early Career Development Programs

The American Heart Association provides educational programs, awards/scholarships, travel grants, student and early career research funding, and mentoring opportunities that support the ongoing training and development of individuals in the early stages of their career.  

Career/Education Awards & Scholarships Mentoring

Early Career Networking Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Other AHA Resources


AHA Scholarships

AHA Travel Grants

Early Career Investigator Awards


Council Early Career Development Opportunities

The councils below have additional council specific resources available for Early Career Opportunities


Early Career Voice Blog

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  • A Bold New World in Science: Embrace disruption
    “A disruptive technology is any innovation that creates a new market and disrupts an existing one. We live in an exponential era…either disrupt yourself or be disrupted by someone else.” Peter Diamandis, MD, CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, in Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and...
  • With Paris and Beirut in Our Hearts: Life Is Why
    In light of the horrific massacres in Paris and Beirut, it is difficult for me, as one of the Early Career Voice bloggers at Scientific Sessions, to complete the task of writing a summary piece on the conference without addressing how these events might motivate us to continue with our global mis...
  • Celebration of Science: the ugly, the bad, and the good
    Now that the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions have come to a close, we believe that it may be important to highlight why should we celebrate science! One can argue that there may exist three different viewpoints on this: the ugly, the bad, and the good.  Posted by Lyndie...
  • Advice to the next generation of clinicians and scientists...and to ourselves
    I had the wonderful opportunity yesterday to serve as a mentor for the Council on Clinical Cardiology’s High School Minority Outreach Program. Bigger and better than ever, this program is now in its fourth year, with participation by more than 100 students from eight local schools in the Or...
  • A Lesson from Walt Disney
    "You can dream. You can create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world… but it requires people to make the dream a reality." -Walt Disney This quote from Walt Disney, which I found fitting given this year’s Orlando location for Scientific Sessions, captures a...


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Scientific Sessions 2016

Scientific Sessions 2016. Call for Abstracts: April 20-June8. Scientific Sessions: Nov. 12-16. Exhibits: Nov. 13-15.

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• Affiliate with one of 16 Scientific Councils.
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