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October 7, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 3

Nota Bene

Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor James Lubben of the Graduate School of Social Work, principal investigator and program director for the Hartford Fellows Program, has announced that a $4.89 million five-year grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York City to the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) will significantly expand the Hartford Doctoral Fellows program.

The program, which supports outstanding doctoral students whose dissertations research is focused on improving the health and well being of older persons and their families, is designed to cultivate the next generation of social work faculty, who will become teachers, role models, and mentors for future generations of social workers caring for older persons and their families.

The new grant supports three additional cohorts of Hartford Doctoral Fellows to be selected in 2005, 2006 and 2007 for a two-year fellowship. The award includes a $25,000 dissertation grant for each year matched by $10,000 from the student's university resulting in a total financial aid package of $70,000 over two years for the selected Doctoral Fellow.

In addition to the dissertation grants, the fellowship provides an array of career development enhancements including supplemental career counseling and pre-conference institutes at professional meetings such as the annual scientific meeting of GSA. Funding is now available to support the selection of up to 42 new Doctoral Fellows. According to Lubben, Boston College will receive $750,000 to provide support for the program's infrastructure.

For more on the grant, see www.bc.edu/bc_org/rvp/pubaf/04/hartford.html

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