The JPB Environmental Health Fellowship

“An innovative approach to support U.S. junior faculty engaged in research on social and physical determinants of health relevant to vulnerable communities.” 


The JPB Foundation advance opportunity in the United States through transformational initiatives that empower those living in poverty, enrich and sustain our environment, and enable 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 leadership developing 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, and facilitates learning opportunities from recognized scientific leaders on conducting rigorous research on social and environmental factors that contribute to health disparities. The Fellowship provides mentorship and funding up to $240,000 over the course of three and a half-year period.


  • Up to $40,000 ( 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 Sorts of Discipline

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

Junior Faculty

Fellows are junior faculty or 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 particular commitment to scholarship, creativity and openness to new ideas and collaborative research aimed at mitigating environmental and social disparities in health.

Leaders of Change

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