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ESC Basic research fellowship

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

Read former awardees testimonies

Dimitrios Tsiantoulas - 2016

"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."

David Chiang - 2014

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"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."

What is the grant for?

The ESC Basic Research Fellowship is designed to allow a researcher to spend one year in a European research laboratory. It is open to basic scientists as well as clinical scientists and preferentially seeks to award support for preclinical research projects. One fellowship per year of 25,000 Euros will be awarded to the successful candidate. The laboratory and topic are chosen by the candidate. To be eligible, the current laboratory of the applicant must be different from the host laboratory and it is unlikely that candidates planning to return to a laboratory where they have spent time previously will be successful, except in exceptional cases. Preference will be given to those for whom the award will enable the fellow to learn novel techniques valuable for their future career.

This fellowship is open to candidates of all nationalities.

Basic Rules

  • 1 fellowship of 25,000 Euros 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 basic science meeting "Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology"

Criteria for eligibility

How to apply

Please read the disclaimer on Personal Data Privacy before applying.

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


The pdf application file you will attach to your e-form should consist of a bio-sketch of:

  • Your letter [maximum 2 (two) pages] of motivation including:
    • your birth date
    • your membership of any of the groups stated in "Criteria for eligibility"
    • 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 9 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 scientific meeting "Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology".


You must also send the documents with original signatures (no copy), by post, to this address before 1 December 2017:

European Society of Cardiology
The European Heart House
Councils Relations - Specialty Centre
2035 Route des Colles
Les Templiers - BP 179
CS 80179 BIOT
06903 Sophia-Antipolis Cedex

For any queries contact:

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):

Data Privacy - Customer Services
European Society of Cardiology
2035 Route des Colles
Les Templiers - BP 179
CS 80179 BIOT
06903 Sophia-Antipolis Cedex

You can also, for legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of data about you.