Harvard School of Public Health announces creation of A.G. Leventis Foundation Fellowship Program

For Cypriot/Greek and Nigerian Students and Scholars in Public Health

For immediate release: Monday, March 3, 2008
Boston, MA – The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has announced the establishment of the A.G. Leventis Foundation Fellowship Program with a three-year grant to support Cypriot/Greek and Nigerian students and scholars in public health.

Beginning in September 2008, the Leventis Foundation Fellowship Program will provide scholarships over a three-year period to qualified students of Cypriot or Greek descent for masters, doctoral and post-doctoral study in environmental health.

Three scholarships per year will fund qualified masters-level students enrolled in the Postgraduate Program in Environmental Health offered at the Cyprus International Institute for the Environment and Public Health in Nicosia, Cyprus.  The Institute, established in 2005 as part of a unique partnership between HSPH and the Republic of Cyprus, serves as a regional leader in environmental and public health education and research.

The A.G. Leventis Foundation will also fund one scholarship per year for three years for a qualified doctoral student or post-doctoral fellow from Cyprus enrolled at HSPH.

In addition, the Leventis Foundation Fellowship Program will support one doctoral student or post-doctoral fellow at HSPH for the next three years from Nigeria to advance the field of HIV/AIDS research in that country.  This scholarship is part of HSPH’s longstanding commitment to provide a critical mass of researchers in Nigeria to fight the HIV epidemic.

The Leventis Foundation Fellowship Scholarships cover both tuition and living expenses.  The goal of the gift is to train regional leaders in public health who will return to their home countries to address critical issues that can improve the health of populations.

“This program reflects a major focus of the A.G. Leventis Foundation on academic research and combines it with the Foundation’s interest in public health, particularly in the countries where the Foundation has long been active,” says Anastasios P. Leventis, Chairman, A.G. Leventis Foundation. “HSPH is to be congratulated for taking the lead in public health research in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, and for its energetic participation in the battle against the HIV epidemic in Africa”.

For further information contact:
Monique Bertic
(617) 384-8987

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