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The Program supports Lown Scholars.

The Lown Scholars Program trains scholars who live and work in a developing country. Therefore, the only eligibility criterion is to have a full-time position in a developing country. Priority will be given to applicants with a track record of research, teaching or policy work in cardiovascular disease prevention and with a focused and clear project  proposal. Priority will also be given to applicants from countries and centers where current Lown Scholars work,  and those who have parallel funding through other sources (including other fellowships at Harvard). The program has identified three topical areas of priority. These are:

Summer Program 

Upon admission to the Program, Lown Scholars will be invited to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston to take two courses during the three week Summer 1 term, and to stay for a one-week workshop after the end of the term to develop a research proposal with their mentors (July 1-31,2021). After the workshop, the Scholars can submit their proposals to the Program for funding. The Program has two levels of seed funding: for smaller projects awards will be made for up to $10,000 and for larger projects up to $50,000. Scholars who are awarded seed funding will be invited to return to the Harvard Chan School to present their progress and provide feedback to the new cohort of Scholars.

The Program will provide round-trip airfare to Boston, lodging, a stipend for living expenses, short-term health insurance, as well as tuition for 1 or 2 summer courses.

COVID-19 Update: Due to Harvard University regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Lown Scholars Summer Program was held virtually. Decisions for the 2021 Program will be based on  future regulations established by the University and T. H. Chan School of Public Health, depending on the state of the pandemic.


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