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EAPCI Education and Training Grants

One-year specialised education and training in a centre of excellence in Interventional Cardiology!

Cardiovascular Surgery
Interventional Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) supports the future of cardiovascular medicine. Each year the ESC provides €2 million in grants, fellowships, and scholarships.


The applications are now closed for 2020 programme. The applications for 2021 programme should open soon. 

About the programme

Grant Women.jpgThe European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) offers Education and Training Grants of €25,000 to provide an opportunity for clinical training in an ESC Institutional Members Country in the interventional cardiology field.

Centres involved in the programme host the trainee for 12 months training on a specialised topic:

  • Percutaneous coronary interventions with focus on metallic and bioresorbable stent technology
  • Interventional pharmacology in patients with ACS and structural heart disease
  • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation
  • Transcatheter mitral valve interventions
  • Structural heart disease interventions with a focus on left atrial appendage closure, closure of PFO and atrial septal defects, paravalvular leak closure etc.
  • Intracoronary imaging (IVUS, OCT, NIRS) and physiologic lesion assessment with FFR
  • Carotid and peripheral arterial interventions
  • Imaging for structural heart intervention

It’s no secret that women are underrepresented within the interventional cardiology profession.

50% of the 2020 EAPCI Education & Training grants are allocated to women.

Why should you apply?


"Receiving an EAPCI grant helped me to advance in my career as interventional cardiologist. Few women choose to embrace this demanding but gratifying profession and I am glad that EAPCI has decided to support women allocating 50% of its 2019 grants to them."

Dr. Giuliana Capretti , Women Grant winner 2017, 


"Receiving an EAPCI grant helped me improve my daily practice by learning new interventional techniques from top European cardiologists. I wouldn’t have had so many career opportunities without the EAPCI Grant."

Dr. Salvatore Brugaletta, FESC, Grant winner 2007

Dr. Alexandru Patrascu (Germany) describes how an EAPCI Grant changed his career.



Applicants eligible for the Education and Training Grant programme must be:

  • Citizen or permanent resident from an Institutional Members Country of the ESC, AND, whose ‘country of work/training at the time of application’ is among institutional Members Country of the ESC
  • Medical graduate providing they have already proved some research potential by publishing in medical journals OR are science graduate holding a PhD or DPhil degree or equivalent or have submitted a thesis before starting the training period relating to the grant
  • Under 40 years of age at the day of application deadline
  • EAPCI member
  • Have reached the required language level requested by the relevant training hosting center and/or country (B2 level in the majority of countries).


  • Applicants doubting about their eligibility are advised to contact the EAPCI prior to submitting an application.
  • Applicants are advised to read the Rules & Regulations before submitting an application.
  • Training hosting country for the 12-months programme should be different from his/her country of citizenship or permanenc resident from an Institutional Members Country of the ESC AND from his/her ‘country of work/training at the time of application’.
  • Although not mandatory, candidates having a pre-agreement with a training hosting centre will increase their chances of being selected. However, the EAPCI Fellowship Committee reserves the right to propose an alternative centre.
  • Important: grant allocation will be subject to visa acceptance (when needed) and languages requirements.

Application for individuals

  • Application is done via an online form exclusively. Applications by email or paper applications will NOT be accepted.
  • To access the application online form please log in to your "MY ESC" account and select "New Application " in the "Grant' section.

IMPORTANT: The EAPCI Education and Training Grant application form will be visible and accessible over the application period only if you fulfil the eligibility criteria. If you cannot access but believe that you are eligible, check your My ESC account to ensure that your information is accurate and then contact the EAPCI to explain your situation.

Make sure to choose the category "Associations" and Sub-category " European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI)".


  • The applicant will be required to fill an online form and to download an application document (Word format). The application process is divided into 2 parts : 
    • Part A: Application form to be downloaded online and filled in by the applicant
    • Part B: Application form to be downloaded online and filled in by the relevant training hosting institution supervisor (offering to host the applicant) - if applicable
  • In case of pre-arrangement with a training hosting centre, the applicant has to submit the completed Part A form and his/her CV to the proposed supervisor where the training would be held, with the request to complete Part B. The training hosting institution will then send back Part B to the applicant.
  • All parts (A & B) would need to be uploaded in the online application form by the applicant.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to save their forms in PDF before uploading them online.
  • The completed application form including CV in a European format and a recommendation letter must be submitted no later than 15 January 2020.


Application for training hosting centres

  • To access the application online form (Part B) for hosting training centre please log in to your "MY ESC" account and select "New Application" in the "Grant" section.

IMPORTANT: You don't need to submit your application online if you already have a pre-agreement with an applicant. In this case, just download the application form Part B and send your completed form to the applicant who will submit it together with his/her application.

Any centre (in CathGo database or not) interested in the 2020-2021 programme should apply by completing the application form. Past forms will not be accepted.

Meet our Grant Winners 2020

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