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ESC Fellowship criteria

How you can get an internationally-recognised, prestigious position

Cardiologists and cardiovascular scientists bearing the title FESC are recognised as the core group of ESC experts, serving the Society in different roles and benefiting from certain privileges as specified below.

The Fellowship of the European Society of Cardiology (FESC) is an internationally-recognised, prestigious position, confirmed by the FESC diploma, for excellent clinical cardiologists and cardiovascular scientists with a deep interest and knowledge of cardiovascular medicine.

Fellowship Introduction

The European Society of Cardiology introduced the status (title) “Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology” (FESC) in 1988, as an honorary recognition offered to its most prominent members.      

Requirements to become a Fellow of the ESC: Applications for ESC Fellowship

Three tracks for applications exist and the required documentation depends of 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:
    • One supporting letter from a President of a National Cardiac Society or from a President of ESC Associations or  from a Chairperson of ESC Working Groups or from a Chairperson of ESC Councils
    • One supporting letter from a ESC Fellows.
  • 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:
    • One supporting letter from a President of a National Cardiac Society
    • One supporting letter from a Fellow of the ESC
  • 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 here are mandatory. Therefore, the ESC Credentials Committee will reject candidates who do not supply all these elements.

Application Procedures

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

  1. Select the category according to the candidate status
  2. Browse the documentation requested, depending on the category, and upload (all documentation has to be translated into English)
  3. 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 (ESC Membership Departement) by the applicant or by any of the constitutional bodies of the ESC (National Cardiac Societies, Associations, ESC Working Groups).

The application should be made electronically via the dedicated online system. The application must contain all above specified documents.
The application deadline is 30 September, year N for ESC Fellowship to be awarded during the ESC Congress in year N+1. The newly elected FESC will be informed in November, year N of acceptance / rejection of application.

The newly elected ESC Fellow should pay the Fellowship fee before 15 December, year N. Thus, all FESC benefits, privileges and duties formally begin on 1 January, year N+1. Alternatively, the newly elected ESC Fellow may pay the first Fellowship fee immediately after the reception of the notification by email of the election as Fellows (i.e. for the year N+1).  In this case, the newly elected Fellow will benefit from the ESC Fellows privileges upon receipt of the payment.

The Election Process

Applications submitted after the annual deadline will not be considered by the ESC Credentials Committee. The ESC Credentials Committee reviews complete applications only and the candidate is informed by email of acceptance / rejection of the application.      

Benefits and Privileges

The payment of the yearly Fellowship fee generates the Fellows Privileges here

Annual Fellowship Fee Rules

The yearly Fellowship fee is 450 Euros, and covers the period of 1 January to 31 December.Newly elected FESC receive the request for payment in November. The request for payment is mailed and the payment must be received before 15 December to ensure the delivery of the selected Journal early January (year N + 1).

Payment should be preferably made online.
Therefore, once paid, newly Fellows start to benefit from the Fellows privileges. On 1 January, all advantages for Fellows will be cancelled if the Fellowship fee remains unpaid.

After 2 years of non-payment of fees, consecutively or not, the Fellow will be informed of his/her exclusion from the ESC Fellowship, unless payment is received within 3 months. An excluded Fellow will remain a Member of the ESC if he/she is a Member of an ESC Constituent Body, and his/her reintegration in the ESC Fellowship register will be accepted upon payment of all due fees.

A "pay in order" principle applies: the Fellowship fee is due every year and one may only pay the Fellowship fee of the given year, upon payment of the fee of the previous year.

Exemption of Payment Rules

In the case where a Fellow is unable to pay his/her Fellowship fee, he/she must contact the Membership Services Departement before November, giving the full reason for his/her inability to send the payment. The reason should be unexpected (eg sudden significant illness or similar). Differences in economic standards of various countries will not be accepted as reason for exemption, as far as this was known to the candidate before he/she applied for the ESC Fellowship.

The ESC Credentials Committee will then take a decision. Exemption will be possible only for specific reasons and the evaluation will be made on a case by case basis. The exemption is valid only for one year and cannot be repeated.

A Fellow exempted from payment will retain Fellowship but cannot claim "Fellows privileges" such as subscription to the ESC Journal or free entrance to the ESC Congress and its onsite Fellows advantages.

The Emeritus Fellow (EFESC)

The status of Emeritus Fellow will be 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 Membership Services Departement.

An Emeritus Fellow retains the title of Fellow but is no longer required to pay the annual Fellowship fee.
He/she is entitled to attend the ESC Congress at a reduced registration fee that will also include one of the ESC Journal subscription for one year.

The status of Emeritus Fellows of the European Society of Cardiology will not be offered to Fellows with outstanding fees unpaid to the ESC.