Hani Najm Global Scholar Award Observership Program

The Hani Najm Global Scholar Award was established to encourage the sharing of knowledge between international cardiology professionals to better combat the devastating effects of cardiovascular disease worldwide. It aims to provide early career cardiologists residing in the Middle East and Africa the opportunity to elevate their training by participating in the ACC Annual Scientific Session and completing an Observership Program in the United States.

This Observership Program offers awardees the opportunity to shadow practicing cardiologists and health professionals at a US hospital, watch procedures and surgeries first-hand, and attend patient rounds and teaching conferences. The goal is to strengthen the awardees clinical knowledge in their particular specialty as well as facilitate knowledge exchange between the participating awardee and US medical professionals and institutions.

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The deadline to submit an application is August 28, 2023.


  • The ACC will award 3 early career cardiologists, with at least one award dedicated to a cardiovascular surgeon.
  • This is a 3-4 week-long observership set for April 2024.
  • One week will include a trip to ACC's Annual Scientific Session within the United State where awardees will be invited to programming by the Early Career Section and recognized at Convocation.

The ACC will cover flights, lodging, and meeting registration and offer a stipend of the length of the program.

Timeline for 2024 Observerships

Application Period May 19 – August 28, 2023
Awardee Nominations Announced October 2023
ACC Annual Scientific Sessions and Observership April 2024


The Hani Najm Global Scholar Award is open to Early Career Cardiologists and Cardiac Surgeons who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must reside and practice in the Middle East or Africa
  • Practicing cardiology between 2 to 10 years after completion of formal training
  • Has, or will be able to obtain, a passport and the appropriate visa for travel to the United States
  • Will be available to complete their observership during April 2024
  • Has a good command of the English language
  • Has not previously participated in ACC's Annual Scientific Sessions

Awardees may be required to fulfill further eligibility requirements requested by the participating US institution (ex. proof of immunization). These topics will be discussed with awardees upon invitation to the program.

In line with goals of the ACC's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, this program is committed to improving diversity and inclusion within the cardiovascular workforce.

The ACC recognizes the success of its mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health is dependent on including people, as members and as leaders, who provide a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives. All professionals meeting the requirements are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Each applicant is responsible for ensuring their application is complete and that all information and supporting documents provided are authentic and accurate. Due consideration will be given to applicant's previous achievements, career goals, and ability to demonstrate ACC's core values.

In order to apply for the 2024 Hani Najm Global Scholar Award applicants must submit a completed Online Application and all required documents by Monday, August 28, 2023.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document before applying.

Documents Required

  • Completed Online Application (Applications Open May 19)
  • Letter of Intent
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 Letters of Recommendations
  • Copy of Form of ID (for residency verification)
  • Proof of successful completion of a training program that allows you to practice CV medicine*

*proof includes copies of any of the following documents: medical license, medical school certificate/diploma, residency or training program certificate/diploma

All documents must be submitted in English or must be accompanied by an official translation. Applicants assume all costs associated with authenticating, retrieving and submitting documents and material in support of their application. The ACC does not charge an application fee.

For questions, please contact Alexandra Huber at ahuber@acc.org.