“An innovative approach to support U.S. junior faculty engaged in research on the physical and social determinants of health in under-resourced communities.” 


The JPB Foundation advances opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enriches and sustains our environment, and enables pioneering medical research. With support from the JPB Foundation, the JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program promotes a new generation of Social and Environmental Health scholars through fellowships that support junior faculty who are at an early career stage at institutions across the U.S. 

Our Mission

To offer training and development opportunities to promising junior faculty, whose research is focused on/in vulnerable communities and are interested in how both environmental and social factors may combine to influence health. Our goal is to find solutions and support policy changes that address environmental, social, economic and health disparities across U.S. 

The Program fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations and encourages Fellows to work together on challenging environmental health issues best approached from multiple perspectives. The Fellowship offers training and mentoring opportunities from recognized scientific leaders on conducting rigorous research related to the social and environmental factors that contribute to health disparities. Funding of up to $240,000 over the course of 3.5 years is available to Faculty Fellows.


  • Up to $50,000 ( for 30% salary support and workshop travel ) in year 1
  • Up to $100,000 annually ( for research and participation ) in years 2-3
  • Two one-week workshops annually for training and development
  • Academic training in multidisciplinary research, scholarship, leadership and communication
  • Mentorship to enhance existing expertise and to expand scholarship into novel domains

Unlike other fellowship programs the JPB Environmental Health Fellows remain at their home institution. These home institutions will demonstrate their commitment to the Fellows by allowing release time from teaching and other activities in order to attend workshops and monthly conference (video/telephone) meetings. Home institutions will provide additional support for the Fellows in ways that include, but are not limited to, scholarships for graduate students or postdocs, and/or the purchase of equipment, software or sample analysis. 

The Fellows

Diverse Disciplines

Fellows come from disciplines related to Environmental and Social Determinants of Health such as Epidemiology, Exposure Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Engineering and Physical and Biological Sciences.

Junior Faculty

Fellows are junior faculty or Federal Agency Senior Research Scientists (preferably in their first appointment period) working on Social and Environmental Health research as it relates to health disparities in vulnerable communities. 

Collaborative Researchers

Fellows are individuals with a particular commitment to scholarship, creativity and new ideas. Working collaboratively Fellows are focused on With a focus on solutions aimed at mitigating health disparities.

Leaders of Change

Fellows are academic and civic leaders, who through training, mentoring will be prepared to engage in community-based research addressing persistent and emerging health challenges across the U.S.

Meet the Fellows

Learn  more about the Fellows who are making a difference in their communities.