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EACVI Women in Cardiovascular Imaging Education and Training Grants

An opportunity for women in cardiovascular imaging from low-income countries to develop their skills

 

The EACVI Women in Cardiovascular Imaging Education and Training Grants Programme offers financial support for a period of six months to help women from low-income countries to train in echocardiography in a high-standard clinical centre or university with a large domain of expertise within an ESC member country.

EACVI Training Grant recipients will receive €2,500 per month

The application period is from 1 May to 30 September.



Recipients of EACVI Women in Cardiovascular Imaging Education and Training Grants 

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Application process

Applications must be submitted via the online form only. Applications by email will not be accepted. Paper applications will not be accepted.

The application period is from 1 May to 30 September for the following year. 

The EACVI Women in Cardiovascular Imaging Education & Training Grants Programme is open to young female cardiologists from low-income countries (per The World Bank list).

To access the online application form please log in to your My ESC account and select "New Application" in the "Grants" area. Or you may use this direct link to the Grants area.

Important: the EACVI Women in Cardiovascular Imaging Education & Training Grants application form will be available to you in the list only if you fulfill the eligibility criteria.

If you cannot access the form even though you are eligible, please contact us, explaining your situation. Make sure to choose the category "Associations" and Sub-category "European Association of Cardiovasculuar Imaging (EACVI)".

  • The applicant will be required to fill out an online form and download an application document (Word format). This document has two parts and should be completed and submitted via the dedicated form.
  • The application document has two parts (A & B): 
    • Part A: Applicant's profile & project proposal (to be filled in by the applicant)
    • Part B: Host institution (to be filled in by the host institution supervisor)*
  • The applicant has to submit the completed Part A form and his/her CV to the Head of the Department (HOD) and to the proposed supervisor where the training would be held, with the request to complete Part B. The host institution will send back Part B to the applicant.
  • All (two) parts need to be uploaded in the online application form by the applicant.
  • Additionally, the applicant must provide a CV in a European format.

The completed application form including CV and documents parts A & B has to be submitted no later than 15 October.

* In case you need support to select or contact a Host Institution, please contact us. Make sure to choose the category "Associations" and Sub-category "European Association of Cardiovascluar Imaging (EACVI)"

Rules for application

Purpose of the grant programme

The project seeks to:

  • Help young candidates learn, improve skills to attain clinical competence and acquire experience of high-quality cardiological practice. Giving the opportunity to develop an international professional network.
  • Help low-income countries which really need echocardiographic screening of patients in large areas where an echocardiographer/cardiologist does not exist.
  • Enable candidates to contribute to serve the community and provide continuous education remotely upon return to their own countries.

The aim of the “EACVI Women in Cardiovascular Imaging” Grants Programme is to support women from low-middle income countries to train in echocardiography, and subsequently – post training – to serve their community and screen for cardiovascular diseases such as valvular heart disease or other causes of heart failure.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants should be of the female gender.
  • Applicants should be citizens or permanent residents of WHO low-income countries:
    • Applicants who are not residents in such a country are not eligible.
    • Periods of residence dedicated to full-time education will not be accepted as the residence for this purpose.
  • The proposed host institution should offer good training opportunities and be acknowledged as an expert centre for that particular field of cardiovascular imaging, within an ESC Member country.
  • 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 as of the day of the application deadline.

IMPORTANT: The final validation of the application will be subject to visa acceptance (if necessary).

NOTE: Applicants who are in doubt about their eligibility are advised to contact the EACVI prior to submitting an application. Applicants are advised to read the explanatory notes carefully before submitting an application.

Selection criteria

  • Career and scientific achievements to date
  • Motivation
  • Plans for the fellowship
  • Career goals after the fellowship
  • Impact of the fellowship
  • Experience in cardiovascular imaging
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not received a previous competitive award or fellowship, and those who have not received other grants (e.g., from the European Society of Cardiology)
  • Upon validation of the selected candidates, Industry Partners will be informed about the list of selected countries, topics, and hosting centres

Tenure

The grant may be held for a period of 6 months.

The training period must start after completion of the whole application process (after receiving formal confirmation from the EACVI) and before the end of the calendar year of the programme. Any extensions of the training period beyond the recommended 6 month period should be agreed with the host institution, provided the extra costs can be covered from other sources (e.g. candidate's institution, personal funds, industry etc). The potential extra costs should not come from other ESC or EACVI grants.

Level of support

EACVI Training Grant recipients will receive a sum of €2,500 per month (= €15,000 in total for 6 months) for their daily subsistence. An agreement will be signed between the Host Institution and the grant recipient.

If for any reason the grant recipient has to stop his/her training period, the refund of the grant may be required pro-rata.

The EACVI is unable to provide assistance with any visa formalities or expenses that would be required.

The EACVI Women in Cardiovascular Imaging Education and Training Grants Programme relies on financial support from industry partners. 

Project

  • The Education & Training Grants Programme provides an opportunity for clinical training in the field of interventional cardiology to young physicians who are in the course of their basic cardiology training.
  • The Programme allows candidates to attain clinical competence and experience in high quality, interventional cardiology centres in renowned institutions of ESC member countries.
  • The EACVI wishes to invest in the upcoming and future interventional cardiovascular community to attract the most talented individuals.

Completion of this apprenticeship will facilitate the transfer of knowledge and expertise, enable the introduction of new treatment modalities, and allow the grant holders to enhance academic and clinical standards upon return to their institutions.

 

Notes on applying for a grant

  1. Candidates are advised to submit their applications in advance. Applications that are received after the closing date and/or that are incomplete will not be accepted.
  2. Candidates should read carefully the Rules for application. An application which is not in accordance with these rules will not be considered. Submission of an application will be taken to imply acceptance of these conditions.
  3. Applications will be submitted for consideration exactly as received by the office. Applicants are therefore urged not to submit incomplete forms and take the responsibility that they may be rejected if this is the case. Applications must conform to the accepted lay-out in the electronic forms and provide the necessary information as requested in the form. Please make a careful selection of your documentation.
  4. Grant recipients whose projects require the use of radioactive substances in man, include clinical trials and/or involve human subjects (whether patients or normal), should enclose evidence that the necessary approval has been sought/obtained.
  5. Applicants are asked to clarify with the Head of Department or Supervisor of the proposed host centre the necessary language requirements for the training period and should declare whether they are fluent enough in the requested language(s) in the application form. A candidate who already has a grant (irrespective of who is sponsoring him/her) cannot apply for an EACVI as no overlapping is accepted.
  6. Re-application
    A candidate can re-apply for an EACVI Woman Education & Training Grant in the following year based on the below criteria:
    1. If they have not already been awarded an EACVI Woman Education & Training grant
    2. If they have not been awarded a grant from the ESC or one of its constituent bodies during the same year.
      This new application will be judged on an equal basis with other applicants
  7. Candidates need to check with the host institution if any specific requirements or restrictions apply in the host country, and it is their responsibility to make sure that they comply with these.
  8. Candidates for clinical training grants in the UK will need to be registered with the GMC (General Medical Council). 
    Registration to the GMC implies passing an English test (either IELTS or OET with a min score set by the GMC), officially translate the medical training document in English, submit everything to the GMC and then book and attend an interview (proforma) in person at the GMC (Manchester or London). The latter can happen either before (preferably) or at the beginning of the fellowship. 
    Not passing the English exam with the required score implies having to take the exam multiple times until the required score is achieved. So it is important that the candidate prepares and takes the English exam ASAP so as not to delay the beginning of the fellowship. 
    In the absence of GMC registration, the candidate can only attend as an observer which means he/she cannot get in touch with the patients or any sort of patients data or patients' identifiable information.

 

Useful Reading

Read the HIT communication paper on strategies and tips to increase your chances of being awarded an EACVI grant.

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Frequently Asked Questions

EACVI Grants Programme FAQ