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ESC Basic Research Fellowship

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

Applications for the Basic Research Fellowship are closed. The results will be given by the end of February.

Read former awardees testimonies

"The ESC Fellowship enabled me to move abroad to expand my technical skills and knowledge in a prestigious research institute. This has maximised my career development, progressing my status as an independent researcher and leading to my acquisition of additional personal research grants." 

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   Molly O'Reilly  - 2020


"Receiving the ESC Basic Science Fellowship represents a key milestone in my career, which provided me a great opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research at one of the most reputable research labs in Europe. This has, beyond the shadow of a doubt, enriched and strengthened my collaborations with my host and will have a long-lasting impact on my career. Therefore, I could not emphasise more what a game-changing role this fellowship can play in the life of an early-career researcher."

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  Mahmoud Abdellatif - 2019


"The ESC Basic Research Fellowship gave me the opportunity to join Prof. Florian Leuschner’s research group at the University of Heidelberg. The fellowship allowed me to form new collaborations and learn new techniques to study inflammatory cell mechanisms in myocardial infarction (MI). I was able to advance my knowledge on how the cardiac microenvironment changes monocyte-macrophage properties after MI and how we can develop therapeutic strategies favoring cardiac healing. I am grateful to the ESC Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science for this fellowship and support in this line of work."


  Jyoti Patel - 2017


"It was a great honour to receive the Basic Research Fellowship 2016 by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The Fellowship offered me the unique opportunity to join Prof. Ziad Mallat’s group at the University of Cambridge. The Fellowship allowed me to advance my knowledge and acquire additional lab skills in the field of cardiovascular research. I feel particularly grateful to ESC for the great support they provide to young scientists and I strongly recommend that other researchers apply for the ESC Basic Research Fellowship."

Dimitrios Tsiantoulas - 2016

"The Basic Research Fellowship allowed me to learn and apply state-of-the-art proteomic methods to the study of heart failure progression and strengthened an international collaboration with the lab of Prof. Dr. Albert Heck at Utrecht University in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This research has led to the development of a novel methodology, generated new molecular insights, and advanced our understanding of this common medical condition. It has also given me a unique international research experience and broadened my personal horizon. I am both honored and grateful to the ESC Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science for this fellowship and for its investment in young scientists."

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David Chiang - 2014

What is the grant for?

The ESC Basic Research Fellowship is designed to allow a researcher to spend six months in a European research laboratory. It is open to basic scientists as well as clinical scientists and seeks to award support for preclinical research projects. One fellowship per year of 12,500 Euros will be awarded to the successful candidate. The laboratory and topic are chosen by the candidate.

To be eligible, applicants cannot stay in their current laboratory; they must move to a new host. Preference will be given to fellows who will learn novel techniques valuable for their future career.

NB: Please note that the ESC Research Grant is a different grant and is only open to medical graduates.

This fellowship is open to candidates of all nationalities.

Basic rules

  • One fellowship of €12,500 is awarded per calendar year
  • Candidates accept to be interviewed via Skype
  • Awardees accept to present their work related to the fellowship at the next edition of Frontiers in CardioVascular Biomedicine

Criteria for eligibility

Candidates must:
  • move to a host laboratory different from their current laboratory
  • be 40 years or younger at the time of the application deadline
  • not have taken any previous ESC grant for the same study
  • have activity in the area of cardiovascular sciences
  • must be members of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science. Not a member yet? Join it's free*

How to apply

Please read the disclaimer on Personal Data Privacy (below) before applying.

At the time of application, formal eligibility criteria will be checked. If you are not eligible, the Basic Research Fellowship application form will not be visible.

Before completing the e-form, prepare your pdf application file as you will have to attach it to your online application form.

The pdf application file should consist of:

  • Your letter [maximum two pages] of motivation including:
    • your birthdate
    • information on your activity in the area of cardiovascular sciences
    • details of your project
    • a statement on how you intend to use the award (budget forecast)
    • a statement that, if you do not use the grant within nine months, you will return it to the ESC.
  • A one-page CV with a publication list
  • A letter of acceptance by the host institution
  • A letter of support from your current institution
  • A written commitment to present your work related to the fellowship at the next meeting of Frontiers in CardioVascular Biomedicine
  • A written commitment to send a report of your half-year abroad

*The Council is composed of representatives from the ESC Working Groups and Sister Societies. Find more information about its structure.

For any queries, please contact us.

Personal data privacy

The information collected is subject to computerized processes to select winners of the ESC Basic Research Fellowship.

The recipients of the data are:

  • ESC Staff
  • The judging panel composed of members of the ESC Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science

Only the data indicated with an (*) is mandatory.
In accordance with the law N°78-17 of January 6, 1978, amended in 2004, relating to the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, you have a right to access and rectify information concerning you, which you can exercise by contacting (together with proof of identity):

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