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EAPCI Education and Training Grants

Specialised education and training in interventional cardiology in a centre of excellence

Cardiovascular Surgery
Interventional Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery

The European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) training programme offers education and training grants of €25,000 for clinical training in interventional cardiology in ESC member countries. 

The next call for candidate application period will run from December 2024 to January 2025. 



Call for candidates - how to apply

How to apply:

  1. Log in to your "My ESC" account
  2. Navigate to 'My Applications' and choose "New Grant Application"

IMPORTANT:

  • To apply, the candidate will be required to fill out the online application form (part A), upload a CV and a recommendation letter.
  • Online submission is mandatory; the candidate should note that neither email nor paper applications will be accepted.
  • In cases where there is a pre-existing agreement with a training center, the candidate must include the center's application (part B) along with their own application. It is essential that the candidate possesses the authority or official permission to submit the application on behalf of the mentioned training center.
  • If the candidate is applying to a specified training center, there is no need to upload part B. Instead, a pre-agreement confirmation letter from the center should be requested (downloadable here).
  • Having a pre-agreement with a center is not obligatory before applying. The candidate has the option to indicate preferences for a country and/or center. A list of EAPCI Host Centres for 2024 is available here.
  • The candidate should submit the online application form, CV (European format), recommendation letter, and part B/pre-agreement confirmation letter (if applicable) by 31 January 2025. It is highly recommended for the candidate to save all documents in PDF format before uploading.
  • For further details, please refer to the Rules and Regulations for 2024.

Host centres

EAPCI Hosting Centres have the opportunity to host a candidate for a 12-month training fellowship.

The call for applications for 2024 Hosting Centres is now closed. The list of EAPCI Hosting Centres 2024 is available here.

More about the programme

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

  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (complex interventions: treatment of calcified lesions, left main stenting, treatment of bifurcations)
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (treatment of chronic total occlusions)
  • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation
  • Transcatheter mitral valve intervention
  • Transcatheter tricuspid valve intervention
  • Structural heart interventions (left atrial appendage closure, PFO closure, ASD closure, paravalvular leak closure, etc.)
  • Intracoronary imaging (IVUS, OCT, NIRS) and imaging-guided PCI approach
  • Physiological lesion assessment (FFR, iFR) and physio-guided PCI approach
  • Carotid arterial intervention and stroke interventions
  • Peripheral arterial intervention
  • Renal denervation
  • Renal protection and contrast-less PCI
  • Management of shock and protected PCI with mechanical circulatory supports
  • Fusion of cardiovascular images (CT/angio/MR)
  • Robotics interventions
  • Non-invasive CAD diagnosis (coronary CT and angio-based physiologic assessment)
  • Imaging for structural heart intervention (TEE-guidance of structural interventions and advanced CT analysis)

 

Candidates can also suggest other topics of interest, in line with their training needs and career development.

Eligibility and how to apply

Individuals may apply for an EAPCI Education and Training Grant through 31 January 2024.

Candidates must be:

  • a citizen or permanent resident from a country among the ESC National Cardiac Societies*, AND, whose ‘country of work/training at the time of application’ is among the ESC National Cardiac Societies* (please refer to Appendix 1 at the end of this page for additional information);
  • a medical graduate, providing they have already proven some research potential by publishing in medical journals OR are a 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 on the day of the application deadline (31 January 2024); and
  • a member of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI)

*The Belorussian Scientific Society of Cardiology and the Russian Society of Cardiology are temporarily suspended from membership in the ESC. Read the statement from the ESC.

Please note:

  • Candidates from non-EU countries meeting the eligibility requirements in terms of residence (as per Appendix I of the rules and regulations) will be required to ensure that they have health insurance in order to submit an application to the 2024 EAPCI Fellowship Grants programme. Applicants with doubts about their eligibility are advised to contact the EAPCI prior to submitting an application.
  • Important: grant allocation will be subject to visa acceptance (when needed) and compliance with all the requirements to be specified by the hosting training centre (including language level, medical license, approval of the relevant authorities, health insurance and insurance, etc.). This will be discussed during the selection process between the candidate, the EAPCI Fellowship Grants Committee and the proposed hosting training centre(s).
  • Candidates are strongly urged to read the EAPCI Fellowship Grant Rules and Regulations 2024 (last updated on November 2023) before applying.

Why should you apply?

"I am grateful for the EAPCI Scholarship Programme providing this opportunity for me. Thanks to this grant, I will have the chance to learn from the best in the field and improve my skills in various aspects of coronary interventions. I am looking forward to starting the Fellowship and beginning this exciting journey, as it will not only broaden my horizons but also enable me to be a part of this international community."

Dr. Vince Bartos, grant winner 2023

 

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"My interventional cardiology fellowship at a European centre of excellence offered me an invaluable boost to my knowledge, skills, experience,
and network. For me, the EAPCI Education & Training Grant greatly facilitated taking this step in my career. I encourage all my colleagues and friends who are thinking of following a similar career path to apply for a grant."

Dr. Yannick Willemen, grant winner 2022

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"The EAPCI Fellowship Grant Programme has been a unique opportunity to improve my potential as a young specialist and gain truly incredible clinical and research experience in interventional cardiology that I am passionate about. I reinforced my professional network with cardiologists across the world who inspired me and supported me in the early stages of my career."

Dr. Tatyana Storozhenko, grant winner 2021

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"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

Meet our grant winners

On behalf of the EAPCI Board and the EAPCI Fellowship Committee 2022-2024, chaired by Prof. Ribichini and Prof. Rudolph, we would like to congratulate the 2023 EAPCI Fellowship Grant winners: Drs. Emyal Alyaydin, Judit Andreka, Vince Bartos, Vincenzo Cesario, Esma Cetinkaya, Amr Mansour, Christos Papageorgiou, Ana Rita Pereira, Aravind-Kumar Radha Krishnan, Mohamed Reda, Andrea Alberto Ruberti, Francesca Rubino, Ruxandra Irina Sava and Erekle Turabelidze.

The EAPCI Education and Training Grants programme 2023 was supported by educational grants from: Abbot, Abiomed, Boston Scientific, Edwards, General Electric Health Care, Medtronic, MicroPort, Philips, Schockwave Medical.