We Pursue Bold Ideas


The Scholars, Fellows, and Visionaries Program

The Institute's Scholars and Fellows Program supports talented individuals in pursuing bold ideas that will transform how we understand and promote health. We identify preeminent thought-leaders (Scholars) who have track records of success and creativity and provide them with the freedom and resources to take their work in new, pioneering directions. We also mentor and support talented young innovators (Fellows) who have the courage to pursue uncharted courses and the promise to be the leaders of tomorrow.


Our program makes them part of a prestigious cross-disciplinary network they say is one of their richest sources of inspiration. By design, Scholars and Fellows are from diverse fields—such as photobiology, atmospheric chemistry, epidemiology, and psychology—that rarely, if ever, have opportunities for collaboration. This diversity breaks down traditional barriers, stimulates fresh thinking and new ideas, and leads to fruitful partnerships that multiply the impact of their pursuits.

Remaining at their home institutions to conduct their work, Scholars and Fellows convene at twice-yearly retreats, participate in monthly teleconferences, and collaborate on projects.

Priming the Next Generation

Many young forward thinkers don’t have time or resources to explore their potentially breakthrough ideas. The Institute nurtures some of these budding visionaries, giving them the opportunity to fulfill their promise—and their dreams—as Institute Fellows. While bringing fresh perspectives and energy to the conversation, Fellows receive mentoring and guidance from Scholars.

Who are Scholars, Fellows, and Visionaries?

Scholars are accomplished, internationally recognized individuals engaged in work that promotes an integrative approach to health and wellness. They are original thinkers who value a collaborative exchange with colleagues across disciplines, and have a passion to mentor the next generation of Scholars.

Fellows are individuals at a critical point of their careers who are interested in doing innovative work that advances an integrative approach to health and wellness. They have the potential to emerge as thought leaders.

Institute Visiting Visionaries include practitioners and investigators who are supported to pursue bold ideas and tackle defined novel projects in areas of interest to the Institute. They are encouraged to expand their thinking and benefit from the added richness of being part of the Institute’s network.

Nomination & Selection

Scholars and Fellows are nominated by external advisers and Institute leadership, and candidates are selected after a review of invited proposals. Unsolicited applications are not accepted.

Meet our Scholars, Fellows, and Visionaries