The Rowland Institute at Harvard

Coordinates: 42°21′49″N 71°04′40″W / 42.3637°N 71.0779°W / 42.3637; -71.0779
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The Rowland Institute at Harvard
Research typeExperimental science
DirectorAndrew Murray
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Operating agency
Harvard University

The Rowland Institute at Harvard, formerly the Rowland Institute for Science, was founded by Edwin H. Land (founder of Polaroid Corporation) as a nonprofit, privately endowed basic research organization in 1980. The institute merged with Harvard University on July 1, 2002.[1] The Rowland Institute is dedicated to experimental science across a wide range of disciplines. Research subjects at the institute includes chemistry, physics and biology, and focus on interdisciplinary work and the development of new experimental tools. It is located on the Charles River near Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is a few miles away from the main campus of Harvard.

Rowland Fellows[edit]

The flagship program at the Rowland Institute is the Fellows Program.[2] The program supports early career experimental scientists.[3] Rowland Fellows receive funding for salary and research expenses and are allocated their own laboratory space. The Rowland Institute also provides technical support from permanent expert staff. The Fellowship lasts for five years, with continuation past two years contingent on a favorable internal review.[4]

Notable members and alumni[edit]

Past directors[edit]


  1. ^ "Rowland Institute merges with Harvard". Harvard. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Rowland Institute at Harvard - Sponsor Information on GrantForward | Search for federal grants, foundation grants, and limited submission opportunities". Grant Forward. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  3. ^ von Bubnoff, Andreas (23 March 2007). "Superpostdocs Reach for the Stars". Cell. 128 (6): 1023–1026. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2007.03.005. PMID 17382872.
  4. ^ "Rowland Fellows Program". Fellowships. Harvard. Retrieved 23 January 2023.

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