Rowland Institute for Science

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Rowland Institute for Science
Rowland Institute at Harvard - Cambridge, MA - DSC05660.JPG
Established 1980
Research type Experimental science
Director Cynthia Friend
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Operating agency
Harvard University

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. It is named for the first head of the American Physical Society, Henry Augustus Rowland. The Rowland is dedicated to experimental science across a wide range of disciplines. Research subjects at the institute includes chemistry, physics and biology, and focuses on interdisciplinary work and the development of new experimental tools.

The institute merged with Harvard University on July 1, 2002, and is now called The 'Rowland Institute at Harvard'. It is located near Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is a few miles away from the main campus.

Rowland Junior Fellows[edit]

The flagship program at the Rowland Institute is the Junior Fellowship.[1] The program serves as a postdoctoral research program for early career experimental scientists.[2] Fellows receive funding for salary and research expenses and are allocated their own laboratory space. The Rowland Institute also provides technical support from permanent staff. The Fellowship lasts for five years, with continuation past three years contingent on a favorable internal review.[3]

Notable members and alumni[edit]

Past Directors[edit]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ von Bubnoff, Andreas (23 March 2007). "Superpostdocs Reach for the Stars". Cell. 128 (6): 1023–1026. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2007.03.005. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Rowland Institute at Harvard -- Rowland Junior Fellows". Research Funding. Duke University. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 

Coordinates: 42°21′49″N 71°04′40″W / 42.3637°N 71.0779°W / 42.3637; -71.0779