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ESC Training Grants

A great opportunity to update your clinical training with modern cardiological methods

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

What is the ESC Training Grant

Ultrasound_02.jpgTraining grants of 25,000 Euros to provide an opportunity for clinical training in the field of Cardiology in an ESC Member Country other than their own, for medical graduates having completed the major part of their cardiology training but before obtaining a “permanent”, “senior staff” or "consultant" post.

Training in fields directly related to cardiology may also be considered. The goal of this award is to help young candidates attain clinical competence and acquire experience of high-quality cardiological practice, which will enable them to contribute to the improvement of academic standards upon return to their own country. With this goal in mind, preference is given to applicants from countries or regions where modern Clinical Cardiology is not yet strong, provided that there is enough evidence that the applicants can, after the training period, contribute to the improvement of Clinical Cardiology in their own country upon return.

It is also an opportunity to learn and to improve skills to carry back home and a great occasion to develop one’s own international and professional network.

Why should I apply?


Who can apply

  • Any citizen or permanent resident of an ESC Member Country or an ESC Affiliated Country, throughout the three years, preceding the application date.
  • Applicants who have not been ordinarily residents in such a country are not eligible.
  • Periods of residence dedicated to full-time education will not be accepted as the ordinary residence for this purpose.
  • Medical graduates should have completed their basic professional Cardiology training and be able to demonstrate expertise in Cardiology through examination or practice.
  • Applicants should be up to 40 years of age at the day of the application deadline.
  • Applicants should be members of the ESC.


Training may be undertaken for any period from three months to one year. The recommended training period is 6 months. For invasive/interventional techniques (incl. electrophysiology), a 12-month period is advised.

Level of support

Training Grants recipients will receive a lump sum, up to a maximum of 25,000 Euros for a 12 month period for their daily subsistence. The granted amount will be calculated pro-rata, according to the length of the training period.

How to apply

Proposals may be submitted for specialised training or further training in the subject relevant to a particular clinical interest.

Applicants are advised to seek a centre in another ESC Member Country which not only offers good training opportunities but is also appropriate for the particular field in which they wish to train.

The host institution track records or expertise should be in line with the topic of the application (treatment, techniques, methods etc.).

The application is to be performed online.

The following documents are required to be completed and uploaded with the application:

  • The applicants’ Curriculum Vitae, with the following information:
    • Postgraduate career including present employment
    • Previous training in Clinical Cardiology
    • Research experience
    • Academic record
    • Publications in refereed journals relevant to this application: journal-title, page number(s) and names of co-authors are to be stated
  • A document to be completed by the CURRENT HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OR SUPERVISOR
  • A document with the description of the proposed training to be prepared jointly with the proposed supervisor
  • A document to be completed by the FUTURE SUPERVISOR
  • A document to be completed by an independent REFEREE who is not attached to your present or proposed host department

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Notes on applying for Training Grants

Applications will be graded by the ESC Grant Committee, from 1 to 5, on the following 5 criteria, and applicants should consider them carefully when completing the forms:

  • Feasibility and importance of the project with an assessment of sustained benefits for local/global CVD reduction (20%)
  • Innovative nature of learning objectives (10%)
  • Candidate profile (optimal career stage; achievements so far) (20%)
  • Host institution quality and support that will be provided for training (30%)
  • Potential benefits of the grant for the candidate's future career development (20%)

The required documentation must be submitted with the application. Please download the templates to be completed by the responsible persons who have been requested to complete them. Once completed, please upload it together with your CV in your application and submit it before the deadline.

The ESC Grants Committee will only evaluate the documentation submitted with the application, and only complete applications will be considered. Paper applications or other papers will not be accepted. Applications and uploaded documents must be in English.

The application closing date is January 31st (each year). Candidates should submit their applications in advance, preferably by mid-January, so that they may be advised of any missing elements in time to be able to gather them and/or get in contact with the person(s) responsible for delivering the corresponding elements. Applications submitted after the annual deadline will not be considered by the ESC Grants Committee. The candidate will be informed by email about the results by the end of March.

Conditions and regulations

  • Part 1 - Purpose and scope of the programme
  • Part 2 - Method of application
  • Part 3 - Standard regulations
  • Appendix I - Residence & Membership

Read the full conditions and regulations >

Congratulations to 2019 ESC Training Grant Awardees!


  • Dr Carmen Adduci
  • Origin: Italy
  • Hosting country: Portugal



  • Dr Ilaria Bo
  • Origin: Italy
  • Hosting country: United Kingdom



  • Dr Alessandro Candreva
  • Origin: Switzerland
  • Hosting country: Belgium



  • Dr Anna Chaloupka
  • Origin: Czech Republic
  • Hosting country: United Kingdom



  • Dr Surenjav Chimed
  • Origin: Mongolia
  • Hosting country: The Netherlands



  • Dr Ana Correia-Costa
  • Origin: Portugal
  • Hosting country: United Kingdom



  • Dr Matthaios Didagelos
  • Origin: Greece
  • Hosting country: Scotland



  • Ass. Prof. Olga Germanova
  • Origin: Russia
  • Hosting country: Greece



  • Dr Carri-Lee Hanekom
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Hosting country: United Kingdom



  • Dr Shafik Khoury
  • Origin: Israel
  • Hosting country: United Kingdom



  • Dr Maria Kyriakopoulou
  • Origin: Greece
  • Hosting country: Belgium





  • Dr Reem Laymouna
  • Origin: Egypt
  • Hosting country: United Kingdom





  • Dr Ioannis Matziris
  • Origin: Greece
  • Hosting country: Switzerland




  • Dr Sahar Mouram
  • Origin: France
  • Hosting country: Belgium





  • Mr Pavel Overtchouk
  • Origin: France
  • Hosting country: The Netherlands




  • Dr Jolanda Sabatino
  • Origin: Italy
  • Hosting country: United Kingdom





  • Mr Konstantinos Tampakis
  • Origin: Greece
  • Hosting country: France





  • Dr Maria Trêpa
  • Origin: Portugal
  • Hosting country: France





  • Dr Dasa Zugwitz
  • Origin: Slovenia
  • Hosting country: The Netherlands