Putnam Scholars Program

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Educators and researchers at universities, colleges, hospitals, and health care organizations who are members of ACH may apply for the Putnam Scholars Program (PSP).

The Putnam Scholars Program is a two-year fellowship. During their time in the program, scholars are required to attend 3 Putnam Scholar Retreats and their corresponding activities.  Upon completion of the program, scholars will present the final results of their proposed project at an ACH Research Event in 2026. ACH will support travel, accommodation, and registration to the required research meetings.

Fall 2024

1st Putnam Scholars' Retreat

(Virtual)
Date  TBD

Fall 2024

ACH Research Activity

Fall 2024
Date / Location TBD

October 4, 2025

2nd Putnam Scholars' Retreat

Ottawa, Canada

October 5-8, 2025

ICCH 2025

Ottawa, Canada

Fall 2026

Final Putnam Scholars' Retreat

(Virtual)
Date  TBD

Fall 2026

ACH Research Activity

Date / Location  TBD

Mentor Relationship

Mentorship is the cornerstone of the Putnam Scholars Program, as participants will work with a senior ACH mentor who will help the scholar design and implement a project focused on expanding health communication theories, methods, and/or application.

Over the two year program, Putnam Scholars will meet monthly or bi-monthly with mentors for one-on-one telephone or video meetings to refine projects and to establish connections with related scholars working in their field of interest. The Award will cover meeting costs for the Mentor to attend two ACH meetings as the mentor is required to participate in two ACH meetings.

Networking With Fellow Putnam Scholars

While Putnam Scholars and their mentors will be expected to meet collectively at each research meeting to discuss projects and opportunities, scholars are encouraged to keep contact more frequently with one another throughout their time as fellows in the program.

Putnam Scholar Retreat

During the retreat, scholars and ACH research mentors will discuss and refine research ideas in participants’ areas of interest, methodology, analytic approaches, funding mechanisms and opportunities, and practical strategies for implementing research ideas during program participation.

After the retreat, Putnam Scholars and their mentors are expected to meet individually once per month or every other month by phone or video to discuss project progress, to troubleshoot problems, and to plan for upcoming opportunities, such as presentations, manuscripts, and grant applications.

ACH-Hosted Research Conferences

Scholars will be encouraged to present preliminary findings from their working projects at ACH Forum and final results at ICCH 2025. ACH will support travel, accommodation, and registration to the required research meetings.

Questions?

Have questions? Feel free to reach out to Katherine Harville via our contact form