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CUNY: Dr. Lyndon Haviland establishes doctoral fellowship in migrant health

The CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) was awarded its first named and endowed doctoral fellowship, provided by a generous $625,000 pledge from Dr. M. Lyndon Haviland, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the CUNY SPH Foundation.

The fellowship will provide one incoming doctoral student the opportunity to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in addressing migrant health issues through public health policies and strategies, while learning from and collaborating with Dr. Haviland, an internationally recognized global public health expert and a passionate advocate for refugees, immigrants, and young people.The Fellowship award includes full in-state tuition and an annual stipend of $35,000.

The recipient will work 20 hours per week as a research or teaching assistant throughout their course of study, meet with Dr. Haviland for mentorship and professional development twice annually, and receive ongoing supervision and guidance from a CUNY SPH Faculty Advisor.

The aim of the program is to create a highly trained cohort of public health experts that share in Dr. Haviland’s commitment to public health and emulate her commitment to addressing critical public health issues through the application of health policy to community health, advocacy, and population sciences.

“I am profoundly grateful to Lyndon for creating this opportunity for a doctoral student to advance our knowledge about migrant health,” said dean Ayman El-Mohandes. “This fellowship is a testament to Lyndon’s deep personal commitment to public health and to CUNY SPH, and it is of course in keeping with our social justice mission as a school. I look forward to meeting the first Haviland Fellow this fall, and many more in the years to come.”