Research Fellowship Awards | Heart Rhythm Society

Research Fellowship Awards

The mission of HRS is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education, and optimal healthcare policies and standards. To this end, HRS has established a post-doctoral research fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology to encourage and support the research training of MDs, DOs, and PhDs in either basic or clinical electrophysiology. These fellowships assist awardees in initiating careers in electrophysiology research while obtaining significant research results.

Each award includes:

  • A one-year stipend of $50,000
  • Complimentary membership to the Society
  • Complimentary registration to the Heart Rhythm Annual Meeting in the year that the award is presented
  • An invitation to serve as faculty and present research findings at the Heart Rhythm Annual Meeting at the conclusion of the fellowship

The HRS Research Fellowship is a very competitive award with a review process that ensures NIH-like rigor and transparency. Award recipients over a 10-year period have co-authored at least 1,200 manuscripts after completing their fellowship, and many have become program directors and leaders in the field of cardiac electrophysiology.

Applicant Requirements
  • Must have an MD, PhD, DO, DVM, or equivalent degree by June in the year of award activation.
  • May not be enrolled in a graduate or medical school by June in the year of award activation.
  • International applicants are encouraged. However, the applicant must be able to effectively communicate their results in English.
  • Proposed research must be relevant to the goals and aims of the Society. Appropriate fields of study include epidemiological, community, clinical, and basic investigations within the general area of cardiac electrophysiology.
  • Applicant should be intent on pursuing a career in independent research and interested in additional training under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor prior to a career in independent research.
  • HRS expects Fellowship recipients to use this award to promote their long-term goals in the field. Applicants must devote at least 80 percent of their effort to research or activities directly related to the proposed research.
  • At the time of award activation, the candidate cannot have completed three or more years cumulative of post-medical school or post-graduate school (whichever degree is applicable) research experience.

Please review the Applicant Instructions for details regarding your application submission.

If you have any questions, please contact

HRS Research Fellowship Awards Submission Site

The submission site is currently closed and will open in November 2023 for the 2024-25 Fellowship.

[This award] helped me bring in $10 million — not only to my lab and my research, but to the biomedical research industry. With that money, I paid salaries for young people that I supported until they got their fellowships.
Mario Delmar, MD, PhD, FHRS

2022-2023 HRS Research Fellowship Awards

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 HRS Research Fellowship Awards Recipients! 

The 2022-2023 fellowships will be awarded at Heart Rhythm 2022. The awardees will present their results at Heart Rhythm 2023.

Saba Munawar, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 
Kir2 Arrhythmogenesis: discerning the interaction of phosphorylation, Ca2+, and PIP2 regulation with clinical KCNJ2 mutations using in vitro and in silico modeling 
Wilton W. Webster Fellowship in Pediatric Electrophysiology (Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Biosense Webster) 


Nicole Habel, MD, PhD, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT
Improving outcomes in at-risk and overt atrial fibrillation patients aided by insertable cardiac monitors: Evaluation of chronic beta-blocker use versus as-needed pharmacological rate control  
The Kenneth M. Rosen Fellowship in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology (Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Medtronic)   


Kiyoshi Masuyama, MD, PhD, UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, Los Angeles, CA 
Mechanistic Control of Electrical Propagation by the Sympathetic Nervous System in Infarcted Hearts: A “Bedside to Bench to Bedside” Investigation 
Wilton W. Webster Fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Catheter Ablation (Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Biosense Webster)  


Giovanni Peretto, MD, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy 
Inflammation as a substrate for ventricular arrhythmias in nonischemic cardiomyopathies 
The Clinical Research Award in Honor of Mark Josephson and Hein Wellens (Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Medtronic) 


Heart Rhythm Society Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

HRS stakeholders share a common passion for accomplishing our mission to end death and suffering from heart rhythm disorders.

We believe our diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests are assets in reaching that goal, and we are committed to providing an inclusive environment in all our activities, where everyone feels valued, respected, and welcome.

We strive to have organizational leaders who represent all aspects of our diversity and who promote the diversity, equity, and inclusion that are essential to our success.

International applicants are encouraged. However, the applicant must be able to effectively communicate their results in English.