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Apply to become a Nurse Fellow

Apply online from 15 June to 30 September

The Nurse Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (NFESC) is an outstanding honour, distinguishing nurses and their unique personal achievements in the cardiovascular field.

The main objective of Nurse Fellowship programme (NFESC) is to provide the Society with a team of nurses whose responsibilities are to uphold and develop the professional contribution of nursing to cardiac care throughout Europe, particularly by means of the greater integration and collaboration of the activities of the various National Nurses’ Societies.

Requirements to become a Nurse Fellow of the ESC

Online application for ESC Fellowship.

NFESC candidate must submit the following documents:

  • Complete Curriculum Vitae including list of professional activities, eg. teaching, publications, research, etc.
  • Photocopy of nursing diploma
  • Letter(s) verifying Hospital Appointment(s)
  • Two letters of sponsorship, one from the President of your National Society of Cardiology and one from a Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing Member


Nurses eligible for Nurse Fellows should have gathered special experience in the field of cardiac care over several years; should have distinguished themselves in clinical practice; should have been involved in the educational, investigational, organizational or professional aspects of cardiac nursing. Applications will be evaluated by the ESC Credentials Committee, in consultation with a representative of the field of cardiac nursing, if necessary.

Potential candidates must be nurses whose name currently appears in the Professional Register of the country in which they practice. A minimum of ten years of practical experience after qualification is required, the majority of which must have been spent in cardiac care.

A candidate from within Europe should be a member of good standing of a National Nurses’ Society, where it exists, or of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP). Applications should be accompanied by supporting letters from the President of the National Nurses’ Society or from the President of the National Society of Cardiology to whom the National Nurses’ Society is Member, and from a CCNAP Member. In the event that the Nurses’ Society is not Member to the National Society of Cardiology, or does not exist, the written support of a Member of the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions is required.

Application procedures

When applying for the ESC Nurse Fellowship online, please follow the procedures below:

  1. Browse the documentation requested and upload (all documentation has to be translated into English)
  2. Submit the application before the annual deadline of 30 September

Applications should be sent via the online submission system (no paper submissions will be accepted) to the European Heart House (Fellowship Departement) by the applicant or by any of the constitutional bodies of the ESC (National Cardiac Society, Association, Working Group). The application should be made electronically via the dedicated online system, available here or your ‘My ESC’ account. The application must contain all above specified documents.

The deadline for applications is 30 September (year N) for ESC Nurse Fellowship to be awarded during the annual Congress in year N+1. The newly elected NFESC will be informed in November (year N) of acceptance / rejection of their application.

The newly elected ESC Nurse Fellows should pay the Nurse Fellowship fee before 1 January (year N+1). Thus, all NFESC benefits, Privileges and duties formally begin on 1 January (year N+1). Alternatively, the newly elected ESC Nurse Fellows may pay their first Nurse Fellowship fee immediately after they receive the notification of their election as Nurse Fellows (ie for the year N). In this case they will benefit from the ESC Nurse Fellows Privileges upon receipt of their payment.

Election process

Applications submitted after the annual deadline are not considered by the ESC Credentials Committee.

The ESC Credentials Committee reviews complete Applications only and the candidate is informed in due time by email.