New Connections Capstone Symposium 2019

New Connections Capstone Symposium 2019

The RWJF New Connections program is excited to announce that our capstone symposium- Celebrating New Connections! Building a Legacy of Equity through Community and Scholarship– is scheduled for March 13-15, 2019 in New Orleans, LA. The symposium is a one and a half-day meeting bringing together scholars in the New Connections network who are faculty, researchers, and administrators working in public health. The symposium is designed to deepen and build community among researchers, highlight topical issues, and share the many facets of health research with a cadre of researchers working across academic disciplines. We are excited about the agenda, which will include numerous opportunities for networking and learning with peers and colleagues. In addition, we will have a networking suite, during which attendees can meet with editors from peer-reviewed journals, grant reviewers, senior scholars, communications experts, and other professionals. 

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm ET on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Symposium applicants will receive notification of their application status by Monday, November 5, 2018. A travel stipend to cover expenses related to the meeting (with a capped limit) will be provided to those invited to participate.  

Meeting Highlights

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a national advocate for expanding opportunities for underrepresented researchers in public health and academia, will serve as one of our keynote speakers. In addition, we will honor the New Connections leaders and scholars who have exemplified the mission of the program and have “paid it forward” to their colleagues and the broader field. And of course, since we will be in New Orleans, and in the heart of the French Quarter, we’ll have plenty of fun at a dine-around of local restaurants and marching in a “second line” parade following the opening reception! This will be our final symposium, so we are aiming to make it meaningful and memorable. 

To access the capstone symposium application, please click on the applicable link below. 

Grantee Application 

(for all current and previous grantees)

General Application 

Please email inquiries to


And on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New Connections team we invite you to join us for our webinar, Further Research Funding and Training Opportunities for New Connections Network Members.” The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 1:30-3:00 pm ET.

During the webinar, RWJF program leaders Maryjoan Ladden and Matt Trujillo will discuss tangible opportunities for New Connections Network scholars to apply for grants as part of the Research, Evaluation and Learning portfolio, as well as related professional development programs. They will also provide an overview of RWJF’s strategic direction, and describe ways in which New Connections Network researchers may further inform those plans. You will have opportunities to participate in a Q&A session with the RWJF program leaders during the webinar. We also invite you to submit any questions in advance to Seth Klukoff, New Connections Deputy Director, at  

To register for the webinar click here!

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