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CLF-Lerner Fellowships

Established in 2003, the goal of the Center for a Livable Future-Lerner Fellowship Program is to support doctoral students at the Johns Hopkins University who are committed to the discovery and/or application of knowledge about public health challenges associated with the current food system, and/or the creation of a healthier, more equitable, resilient, and sustainable food system.

The CLF-Lerner Fellowship program is named to honor Sid and Helaine Lerner, whose generous support made it possible to establish the program. Each CLF-Lerner fellowship award provides up to one year of support in an amount up to $67,000 to be used for tuition, stipend, and/or research expenses related to individual needs. The fellowship program also provides enrichment opportunities such as a journal club, trainings, meetings with leaders in the field, and a network of current and former fellows.

Johns Hopkins students from all divisions within the university are eligible to receive support during any stage of their doctoral programs (PhD, DrPH, etc.). Current or former CLF-Lerner fellows who apply will be considered in equal competition with other new applicants. While there is no official limit to the number of times an individual may be awarded a CLF-Lerner Fellowship, it is expected that fellows will seek other sources of funding as they progress through their academic programs.

CLF-Lerner Fellowship FY 2020 Announcement

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) will soon be selecting CLF-Lerner Fellows for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). Please note that for FY 2020, fellowship applications will only be accepted from current CLF-Lerner Fellows (i.e. FY 2019 awardees). CLF is currently in the process of considering refinements to the CLF-Lerner Fellowship Program in order to better align with various JHU practices and procedures. Since 2003, CLF has awarded a total of 196 CLF-Lerner Fellowships in support of doctoral students at the Johns Hopkins University who are committed to addressing the public health challenges associated with the current food system. 

A Request for Applications will be shared with current CLF-Lerner Fellows before February 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, please reach out to CLF-Lerner Fellowship Program Officer, Meg Burke (

Meet our Fellows

The Center awarded fellowships to 15 Johns Hopkins University students for the 2018-2019 academic year from departments across the School, including Environmental Health and Engineering, Health Behavior and Society, Health Policy and Management and International Health. Read More>>

where are they now?

Sharon Nappier

Sharon Nappier, MSPH, PhD
Senior Microbiologist, US EPA

During her three years as a CLF-Lerner Fellow, Sharon Nappier found herself learning to think about her work through the lens of impact. With her cohort of Fellows, she got into the habit of asking herself how she could design studies so they would have the greatest positive effect on policy. Read More>>