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Fellowship FAQ

Browse our most Frequently Asked Question section to find the answers you are looking for

Can I become a FESC?

All professionals having a genuine interest in the discipline of Cardiology and showing dedication to the ESC and its activities can apply for the ESC Fellowship. The candidate must prove scientific or clinical excellence in cardiology.

How do I apply for the ESC Fellowship?

A candidate should submit an application online on the ESC Web Site before the annual deadline: 30 September.

What are the application requirements?

Three tracks for applications exist and the required documentation depends on the application track chosen. Please note that all supporting documents must be provided in English.


  • Copy of academic diploma (MD., PhD. or equivalent): If not originally in English, translation is mandatory
  • Minimum 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals, of these, at least 5 publications with the applicant as first or last author (original articles, excluding   editorials, reviews, case reports)
  • 2 supporting letters:
  • Short CV



  • Copy of National Cardiology Diploma(s): If not originally in English, translation is mandatory
  • Minimum 3 publications in peer-reviewed journals, where the candidate is the first or last author (original articles, excluding editorials, reviews, case reports)
  • 2 supporting letters:
  • At least 3 years of practice as board-certified cardiologists
  • Short CV



Nurses in the Professional Register of the country in which they practice or Allied Professions with a minimum of five years of practical experience cardiac care can apply for the ESC Fellowship    

  • Copy of nursing diploma
  • Minimum 3 publications in peer-reviewed journals, where the candidate is the first or last author
  • Letter(s) certifying Hospital Appointment(s)
  • 2 supporting letters:
    • One supporting letter from a President of a National Cardiac Society
    • One supporting letter from the Chairperson of the ESC Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP)
  • At least 5 years of practical experience cardiac care
  • Short CV


All elements referred to above are mandatory. The ESC Credentials Committee will reject candidates who do not supply all these elements.

When should I submit my application for the ESC Fellowship?

The application procedure is available online from 15 June to 30 September. The applicant must submit the application online before the annual deadline: 30 September.

If I submit an application am I automatically a FESC?

All applications are evaluated by the ESC Credentials Committee on a case by case basis. Therefore, documentation such as copies of academic or National Cardiology Diplomas, publications, supporting letters, and CV are required. The candidate is informed about the application status (elected or rejected) by the Fellowship Department in November (year N).

I submitted my application to become a FESC, when will I be notified?

Applications are evaluated by the ESC Credentials Committee in October (Year N). The result of the evaluation of the application is notified in November by email (Year N).

How much is the annual Fellowship fee?

The annual Fellowship fee is 450 Euros. 

When do I have to pay?

The yearly Fellowship fee is 450 Euros, and covers the period from 1 January to 31 December (year N+1).

Newly elected FESC receive the request for payment in November (year N). The request for payment is mailed and the payment must be received before 30 November (Year N) to ensure the delivery of the selected Journal early January (year N + 1).

Payment should be preferably made online here.

Therefore, once paid, new Fellows start to benefit from the Fellows privileges.

What are the FESC Privileges included in the fee?

  • Central role within the ESC: Leaders within the ESC are selected from the Fellowship Community. ESC Fellowship is a “conditio sine qua non” for an active leading role within the Society.
  • Complimentary (free) registration to the ESC Congress.
  • Special ESC Congress-related advantages:
    • Advance priority hotel booking,
    • Fast track registration through the “Fellows Registration Desk”,
    • Gold badge,
    • Access to the private "Fellows Lounge".
  • Fellowship Diploma: personalised recognition of Fellowship status.
  • Free paper or online version of one ESC journal:
    • For Fellows: European Heart Journal (EHJ) or Cardiovascular Research (CVR) or (EHJ) or European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (EJCN)
  • ESC Fellows’ Directory online: names, addresses and contact information of the Fellowship community 
  • Subscription to My ESC News – special Fellows Editions:
    • Exclusive news for ESC Fellows
    • The full content of the regular My ESC News
    • Possibility to submit a message or news to publish in My ESC News – Fellows Edition 
  • Special subscription rates to all ESC Journals.

I have been elected FESC this year, where can I collect my Fellowship Diploma?

The Fellowship Diploma can be collected during the ESC Congress at the 'ESC Fellows Lounge'. Prior to Congress, newly elected FESC are informed about all details concerning the celebrations dedicated to this event.

I have been elected FESC this year, I am not attending the ESC Congress, where can I collect my Fellowship Diploma? 

After the ESC Congress, if you did not attend the ESC Congress, your FESC diploma will be sent by post. However, the ESC is not responsible for any damage that may occur during posting or for a FESC diploma that may get lost.

I cannot find the contact details of a FESC in the Fellows Directory

The European Society of Cardiology fully complies with the French Laws represented by CNIL (Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés) and European authorities regulations related to personal data protection. FESC that did not submit their agreement do not have their contact details published in the Fellows Directory online.

I do not have access to the FESC services online

All Privileges and services online are included in the annual Fellowship fee, once paid.

I have forgotten my login details

Click here, enter your email address and if the email matches the one held for you in our system, your login details will be emailed to you automatically.
Or please contact us

How can I register to the ESC Congress?

You may register online by selecting FESC fee (0€). You will be registered as FESC and receive the FESC Gold Badge.

What are the conditions to become an EFESC?

The status of Emeritus Fellow is conferred by the ESC Credentials Committee upon written request of the Fellow when he/she reaches minimum age of 65 years, and retires from full-time work. Proof of retirement should be provided to the Fellowship Department.

I need to contact the ESC regarding another request or enquiry

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