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Post doctoral mentorship award

Developing the researchers of tomorrow in cardiovascular care

Cardiovascular Nursing

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 Post-Doctoral Mentorship Award will enable mentees to have dedicated time with their selected mentor, to meet new colleagues and be exposed to a different learning environment.

Applications are now closed. The results will be announced shortly.

Who is this award for ?

This award is for ACNAP members who are interested in receiving expert advice on their career development and future research.

If you are not a ACNAP member, join now!

Basic rules 

  • One Post-Doctoral Mentorship Award is offered
  • The award will be €2,000
  • The funds are provided for travel and hotel accommodation for the successful candidate to visit a mentor in his/her academic/clinical institution for a minimum of 2 days
  • The mentee selects his/her mentor
  • The successful candidate must:
    • Provide a short report on the outcome of their Mentorship Award
    • Agree to present their report at EuroHeartCare 2020 (registration will be offered) 

 Please read the disclaimer on Personal Data Privacy before applying.

 Criteria for eligibility

  • Candidates must be graduates within 7 years of their Doctoral Award
  • Candidates must be ACNAP Members. If you are not a member you can register for free.


To apply you will be invited to provide the following

  • Details on your current achievements and experience in cardiovascular care and research
  • A maximum of three goals that you will use this award to achieve. These should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time limited.
  • How you plan to achieve these goals
  • A budget showing how you intend to spend the funds (please add the approximate amount per expense)
  • An official letter from a mentor in cardiovascular care stating that:
    • They have agreed to take on this role
    • They comply with the following:
      • They have a PhD with relevant post doctoral experience
      • They are employed in a clinical and/or academic setting 
      • They agree to support the mentee with 2 days of placement in his / her Institution

Apply for the award

2017 Awardee

Congratulations to the 2017 winner: Dr Signe Stelling Risom.

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Dr Stelling Risom collected her award at the closing cereminy of EuroHeartCare on 20 May 2017.


Feedback from Dr Risom

"I was the winner of the Post-Doctoral Mentorship Award 2017 and I have just finished my 2 week stay with my mentor, Victoria Vaughan Dickson, at the New York University in the USA. The stay has given me the opportunity to learn a lot from my mentor. We have spent time working on an article using Mixed Methods in which she is an expert. The article is in the area of evaluating a rehabilitation programme for patients treated for atrial fibrillation and I hope to be able to submit the article this fall.

The visit gave me the chance to discuss my research in general with my mentor and other colleagues in her institution. This has inspired me to also work on a future research protocol during my stay. Moreover, I have learned many new things about the American nursing education and research system. Altogether, the stay has given me inspiration and energy to move on with my work – and opened the door for me to contact my mentor in the future."

2016 awardee

Dr. Stefanie Mentrup

"The Post-doctoral Mentorship Award is a great opportunity for new researchers in cardiovascular care to get invaluable support from an experienced mentor. I was very pleased that Prof. Felicity Astin from the University of Huddersfield agreed to become my mentor. We have a shared interest in cardiovascular research and nursing education. The funds received from the Post-doctoral Mentorship Award gave me the opportunity to visit my mentor for two weeks in September 2016. We started to conduct a systematic review of qualitative studies together with colleagues from the University of Huddersfield.

During my visit, I had the opportunity to give a seminar about the results of my doctoral thesis and we discussed the results with other academics. My mentor facilitated several opportunities to get in contact and exchange with other academics at the University and at a national conference. Her mentorship provides me with support and guidance in conducting a meta-ethnography and writing a systematic review. I am thankful that the mentorship will continue after my visit and we will build up a research collaboration between the Universities of Huddersfield and Lübeck.

It is very valuable to have a mentor like Felicity because she encourages me to continue my professional carreer, she supports me to make progress and reminds me to find a balance between work and life.

Thanks to my mentor Felicity Astin and the CCNAP for this opportunity!"

How to Find a Mentor

The Council puts at your disposal a new tool to help you find a mentor. The CCNAP e-form "Support to find a Mentor" aims to help facilitate contact between the young researcher and a mentor for advice or maybe a future collaboration.

Find a mentor

Personal Data Privacy

The information collected is subject to a computerised process to record, evaluate and track your grant application. The recipients of the data are:

  • The staff in charge of processing Council grant applications and, where a grant is awarded, the staff in charge of paying the grant monies.
  • Persons to whom the request will be sent for review and evaluation.

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:

Data Privacy - Customer Services
European Society of Cardiology
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06903 Sophia Antipolis, France

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