Canadian Cardiovascular Society

Have a Heart Bursary Program

The Have a Heart Bursary Program, now in its 21st year, continues to be an extremely successful and valued program.

Each year, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy (CCSA) funds a number of promising Canadian medical students, graduates, post-graduate trainees, and basic scientists-in-training to attend the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC).

The 2021 Have a Heart Bursary Program application process is now closed.  CCSA will be accepting applications for 2022 starting in February 2022. All the best to all applicants!

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2021 Have a Heart Bursary

Click here to see past recipients


Who can apply?

This bursary program is sponsored by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy, a charitable organization created in 2000 by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS). The CCSA’s mandate is to support education, research, scholarships and bursaries for medical students and prospective cardiovascular specialists.

The Have a Heart Bursary Program is designed to introduce promising young Canadian medical students, post-graduate trainees and basic scientists-in-training to the cardiovascular sciences (clinical and basic sciences) to encourage a strong Canadian cardiovascular community. Applicants should be committed to a future career in Canada.

Bursary awardees are invited to learn more about their future through participation in the annual Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. The CCC is the largest gathering of cardiovascular health professionals in Canada. The CCC draws physicians, researchers, trainees, medical students and other cardiovascular professionals from across Canada and around the globe. The CCC is co-hosted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Note: Those already established in a cardiovascular residency program or post PhD are not eligible to apply.

What do awardees receive?

  • Complimentary registration to the digital CCC 2021;
  • Recognition during the CCS Awards ceremony and through CCS and CCSA publications.

How can I apply?

A complete application must include:

  • A letter explaining your career goals in Canada and how this bursary will further your career (maximum two pages)
  • A letter of support from your supervisor or director of your training program
  • A second letter of reference (preferably from a CCS Member other than your director/supervisor)
  • An abbreviated copy of your curriculum vitae (maximum two pages).

NOTE: An Abstract is not required to apply to the HHB program.

Submission Deadline for the Have a Heart Bursary: May 4, Noon EDT

When you click “Apply Now” you will be redirected to the CCC2021 submission site where you will be required to login with your MY.CCS.ca account information.

If you do not already have a CCS account, click on “New Users” to begin your application.

Once logged in, select “Click here to begin a new submission”. Enter “Submission Title” and follow the directions on the next page remembering to “Save Submissions” as you proceed. Once you have completed and submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email indicating that your submission is complete. You may make any changes to your application until the deadline


For questions, contact:

Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy
1100 – 222 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V9
1-877-569-3407 Ext. 402
ccsa@ccs.ca

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