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Application process for EACVI Training Grants

Applications are done via an online form exclusively - see application process and instructions below.


Application process

Application is done via an online form exclusively. Applications by email will not be accepted. Paper applications will not be accepted.

For the competition, the opening of application starts on 31 March; the closing date to receive the application is  30 September.

To access the application online form please log in to your "My ESC" account and select "New Application" in the "Grants" area. You may also click on this direct link to the Grants area.

Important: the EACVI Training Grants application form will be available to you in the list only if you fulfill the eligibility criteria.

If you cannot access it although you are eligible, please contact us and explain your situation. Make sure to choose the category "Associations" and Sub-category "European Association of Cardiovascluar Imaging (EACVI)".

  • The applicant will be required to fill an online form and to download an application document (Word format). This document has two parts and should be completed and submitted via the dedicated form.
  • The application document has two parts (A & B): 
    • Part A: Applicant's profile & project proposal (to be filled in by the applicant)
    • Part B: Host institution (to be filled in by the host institution supervisor)
  • The applicant has to submit the completed Part A form and his/her CV to the Head of the Department (HOD) and to the proposed supervisor where the training would be held, with the request to complete Part B. The host institution will send back Part B to the applicant.
  • All (two) parts need to be uploaded in the online application form by the applicant.
  • Additionally the applicant must provide a CV in a European format.


The completed application form including CV and documents parts A & B has to be submitted no later than the 30 September.

Rules for applications

Download here the EACVI Training Grants Rules & Regulations.

Purpose of the Grant Programme

To provide an opportunity for specialised training in the field of non-invasive imaging modalities (Echocardiography, Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac Computed Tomography), in order to help doctors to achieve experience and skills in a high standard clinical centre or University with a large domain expertise within an ESC Member country other than their own.

This programme can be considered as a valorisation of geographical mobility as well as cultural exchanges and professional practice in the field of cardiology.


Please note the following two rules when applying:

  • Only 1 candidate per hosting institution is allowed per year (should more than one candidate apply for the same institution and should they be in the final top scorers, only one - the highest scorer will be selected for that institution).
  • A hosting institution that has been selected in the winning candidates' application form cannot be chosen again for the following year (i.e. an institution cannot be selected two years
    • in a row).
      • Please check the winning institutions for last year on the past winners' web page.
      • If in doubt, please contact the EACVI team for cross-verification.

Eligible applicants for the Grant are those who are:

  • Under 40 years old on the day of the application deadline AND
  • Members of the EACVI Silver level on the application submittal day
  • Citizens or residents for tax purposes of a country which is a regular ESC Member country or an ESC Affiliated Member Country
  • Medical graduates at any stage in their career
  • In agreement with a host institution
    1. outside their own country or the country in which they followed their initial medicine training (if it is a regular ESC Member country)
    2. which offers good training opportunities and is acknowledged as an expert centre for that particular field of cardiovascular imaging.

IMPORTANT: The final validation of the application will be subject to visa acceptance (if necessary).

NOTE: Applicants who are in doubt about their eligibility are advised to contact the EACVI prior to submitting an application. Applicants are advised to read the explanatory notes carefully before submitting an application.


The Grant may be held for a period of 3 to 6 months. The recommended training period is 6 months. Applications for training periods shorter than 3 months will not be accepted.

The training period must start after completion of the whole application process (after receiving formal confirmation from the EACVI) and before the end of the calendar year of the programme. Any extensions of the training period beyond the recommended 6 month period should be agreed with the host institution, provided the extra costs can be covered from other sources (e.g. candidate's institution, personal funds, industry etc). The potential extra costs should not come from other ESC or EACVI grants.

Level of support

EACVI Training Grant recipients will receive a sum of €2,500 per month for their daily subsistence. An agreement will be signed between the Host Institution and the Grant recipient.

If for any reason the Grant recipient has to stop his/her training period, the refund of the Grant may be required pro-rata.

The EACVI is unable to provide assistance with any visa formalities or expenses that would be required.

Host centres will receive a sum of €500 per month and per trainee to cover the institutional costs (workplace arrangements, informatics, educational material, teaching and support).


Submitted proposals should focus on specialised training in technique(s) related to the field of non-invasive imaging modalities (Echocardiography, Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance, Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac Computed Tomography).

Notes on applying for an EACVI Training Grant

  1. Candidates should submit their applications in advance, preferably by early June, so that they may be advised of any missing elements in time to be able to contact those concerned. Applications that are received after the closing date and/or that are incomplete will not be accepted.
  2. The completed application has to be submitted no later than the 30 September.
  3. Candidates should read carefully the Rules and Regulations for EACVI Training Grants. An application which is not in accordance with these rules will not be considered. Submission of an application will be taken to imply acceptance of these conditions.
  4. Applications will be submitted for consideration exactly as received by the office. Applicants are therefore urged not to submit incomplete forms and take the responsibility that they may be rejected if this is the case. Applications must conform to the accepted lay-out in the electronic forms and provide the necessary information as requested in the form. Please make a careful selection of your documentation.
  5. Grant recipients whose projects require the use of radioactive substances in man, includes clinical trials and/or involves human subjects (whether patients or normal), should enclose evidence that the necessary approval has been sought / obtained.
  6. Applicants are asked to clarify with the Head of Department or Supervisor of the proposed host centre the necessary language requirements for the training period and should declare whether they are fluent enough in the requested language(s) in the application form.A candidate who already has a grant (irrespective of who is sponsoring him/her) cannot apply for an EACVI as no overlapping is accepted.
  7. Re-application
    A candidate can re-apply for an EACVI Training Grant in the following year based on the below criteria:
    1. If they have not already been awarded an EACVI Training grant
    2. If they have not been awarded a grant from the ESC or one of its constituent bodies during the same year.
      This new application will be judged on an equal basis with other applicants
  8. Candidates need to check with the host institution if any specific requirements or restrictions apply in the host country, and it is their responsibility to make sure that they comply with these.
  9. Candidates to clinical training grants in the UK will need to be registered with the GMC (General Medical Council).
    Registration to the GMC implies passing an English test (either IELTS or OET with a min score set by the GMC), officially translate the medical training document in English, submit everything to the GMC and then book and attend an interview (proforma) in person at the GMC (Manchester or London). The latter can happen either before (preferably) or at the beginning of the fellowship. 
    No passing the English exam with the required score implies having to take the exam multiple times until the required score is achieved. So it is important that the candidate prepares and takes the English exam ASAP not to delay the beginning of the fellowship. 
    In the absence of GMC registration, the candidate can only attend as an observer which means he/she cannot get in touch with the patients or any sort of patients data or patients' identifiable information.