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Applications for the 2022 Emerging Leaders Programme are now closed.

The Programme, developed by WHF Past President Professor Salim Yusuf in 2014, provides training and networking opportunities in cardiovascular health policy and implementation research for healthcare practitioners, researchers, and global health advocates.

The World Heart Federation aims to reach a diverse selection of applicants every year. Candidates from academia, civil society, healthcare and the private sector are all encouraged to apply. Candidates may be affiliated with a WHF member organization, but this is not mandatory.

Selected applicants participate in online training, a five-day think tank seminar, and collaborative group work based on proposals developed during the seminar, with seed funding support from WHF for selected projects.

The selection committee will look for candidates to demonstrate their passion for improving CVD care, willingness to participate in collaborative group work, and a desire to make a difference.

“Reasons to apply to join the Emerging Leaders Programme? Fantastic peers, mentors and networks. Reasons not to? None. Join a growing community of early-career professionals focused on global approaches to CVD prevention.”

Dr Amitava Banerjee, Senior Programme Adviser & Emerging Leader 2014

All our Emerging Leaders will be expected to complete a set of core online modules, which will address fundamental issues in:

  • CVD epidemiology and methodology
  • Evaluation of interventions
  • Health systems evaluation
  • Knowledge Translation (KT) at the patient and health provider levels
  • Assessing the role of governments’ policies on health
  • Essential medicines
  • Health policy research

These core modules will include pre-reading/work and ongoing webinars using as interactive online infrastructure as possible to enhance engagement. The EL participants will be expected to participate in all webinars.  As research projects within each stream mature, the focus of online training will shift toward project-specific training and problem-solving.

The selection committee will expect candidates to demonstrate their passion for improving CVD care and making a difference at the grassroots level and beyond.

Candidates are asked to provide the following supporting documents (in English):

  1. 1,000 word (maximum) personal statement demonstrating:
    • The candidate’s rationale for applying
    • Prior experience working with local, regional, or national governments of non-governmental agencies to improve cardiovascular health
    • Unique attributes that each candidate brings to the programme
    • Demonstration of creativity, disruptive innovation or both to spark change
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. One published writing example (if multi-author publication, candidates should select an example where they are either first or last author)
  4. Letter(s) of support from a local mentor and departmental head (joint letter acceptable), outlining support for participation in the Programme
  5. Two-minute (maximum) video presentation outlining why the candidate wants to participate in the Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme
  • Candidates must be able to communicate fluently in verbal and written English.
  • Emerging leaders will generally be considered to be early- to mid-career applicants who have completed their training by June 2020.  Applicants who have not completed their terminal training are not eligible.
  • Demonstration of leadership abilities and skills, either through positions of leadership or examples of leadership during recent or current projects.
  • Demonstration of written communication abilities and skills through a recently published manuscript or another scholarly article.
  • Demonstration of productivity relevant to the applicant’s particular field as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications, grants awarded, projects led and completed, or other field-specific metrics of productivity.

Applications for the 2022 Emerging Leaders Programme are now closed

If you have applied to the programme, visit the MyWHF portal to check the status of your application in the dedicated section.

For any further queries or information about the Programme, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

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