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The Lerner Center For Public Health Promotion

Community Scholars Program

2019-2020 Community Scholars Request for Proposal

Application Materials

2019-2020 applications are now closed and award announcements will be made shortly.


The Community Scholars Grant Program provides support to further the work of a community-based organization (CBO) and facilitate a partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). The Community Scholar applicant from the CBO must apply in collaboration with a JHSPH faculty member and propose a health promotion project that grows the capacity of the Community Scholar, the JHSPH faculty member, and the CBO.  

The Lerner Center will make up to six (6) awards for a maximum of $50,000 each for 12-month health promotion implementation or evaluation projects. Project funds are limited, and smaller-scaled projects are encouraged. Up to four (4) projects incorporating an initiative from The Monday Campaigns and up to two (2) additional projects on any topic will be funded. Thus, projects implementing or evaluating a Monday Campaign will be given priority (see Monday-Related Work for examples). The project timeline is as follows:

Letters of intent due:March 11, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)
Applications due:April 29, 2019 (5:00 pm ET)
Awardees announced:Early June, 2019
Project period:July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020

Project Description

Community Scholar health promotion projects should focus on impacting health behaviors or environments to reduce risk for chronic disease at the individual, community, and societal levels. Projects may focus on diet, physical activity, tobacco, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, or other related public health topics. Projects can involve a range of activities, including implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs, health messages, or policies.  


Eligible faculty must be on the scientist or professor track (assistant, associate, or full) with a primary appointment in JHSPH, effective no later than July 1, 2019. All Community Scholars must be professionals who represent or are employed by the partnering CBO.  

Past Community Scholars

Additional Information

For additional information about this program or these projects, please contact Meghan Ames, Community Program Manager.