Research Capacity Building

Promoting Evidence Base

Public Health Policy Awareness

Understanding Tobacco Harm Reduction


THR Scholarships

Building on the success of last year’s Scholarship programme, Knowledge•Action•Change is pleased to announce the launch of the 2nd K•A•C Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme.


The KAC Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme 2020

Building on the successes of previous scholarship programmes, Knowledge Action Change (K-A-C) is pleased
to announce the launch of the 3rd K-A-C Global Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Programme.

The scholarships are intended to:
  • build research capacity in the field of tobacco harm reduction
  • develop and promote the evidence base
  • raise awareness of research and its implications for public health policy
  • enable consumers to make more informed personal health choices
  • improve the implementation and understanding of tobacco harm reduction
We are looking for proposals that will inspire change!
We have developed a scholarship package to ground scholars in the theory and practice of tobacco harm reduction (THR). Submissions for the 3rd Scholarship Programme are now closed. The scholarships will commence at the Global Forum on Nicotine Conference (GFN), which will be held in Warsaw, Poland, between 10th & 13th June 2020.

We expect to open applications for the 4th Scholarship Programme in September/October 2020

Attendance at the GFN conference, alongside a bespoke programme for scholars, gives scholars a unique opportunity for learning & for implementing the knowledge and skills gained in their home countries. There are 20 entry level scholarships available annually, supporting agreed projects up to a value of $10,000. The scholarships are a K•A•C initiative funded by a grant from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW). The programme is independently designed and run by K•A•C. Completed projects may be included in future versions of the K-A-C publication ‘The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction’. and may also be included on this website.

Examples of completed projects are available here.
What successful applicants can expect
  • attendance at GFN 2020
  • travel & accommodation for the conference
  • a bespoke scholar’s programme
  • the opportunity to hear the experiences of previous scholars
  • expert mentoring and support throughout the scholarship programme
  • email, telephone and Skype support
  • support in identifying ‘next steps’ in a possible career in the field of THR
  • the possibility of showing the outcome of your project at GFN 2021
  • eligibility to gain an enhanced scholarship in future years
Availability & reporting
  • All scholars must be available to be in Warsaw between 9th and 14th June 2020
  • All scholars will be expected to provide a 6-month progress report and a project summary at 11 months.
  • Some scholars may be invited back to GFN 2021 to share learning and experience.
The types of proposals we are seeking
Indicative examples of the types of project proposals that the scheme would like to receive, include:
  • scoping research on THR priorities in a country
  • designing a research project on the nature or use of THR products
  • improving the applicant’s understanding of science and science skills by links with, or placement within, a research team or THR organisation
  • designing and initiating an intervention project to enhance public and/or professional understanding of THR and related projects
  • forming an organisation to take forward research on THR
  • developing a THR intervention project within a health and social care setting
  • making and disseminating a film(s) or other media containing credible and accurate information about THR
  • organising workshops and training events on THR
  • developing science communication skills related to THR
  • writing a research paper or other material for academic publication on THR
  • establishing a website and/or other media resources to improve understanding of THR
  • examining how poorer countries might overcome challenges presented by ‘high tech’ THR initiatives.
If you have an idea, but are unsure about how to take it forward, or wonder whether it will satisfy our criteria, please contact

The scholarships programme prioritises applications from lower, and middle-income countries.

Successful scholars will be required to:
  • enter into a scholarship agreement with KAC
  • acknowledge in any outputs that funding for their scholarship was provided by the Foundation for a Smoke Free World (FSFW)
  • agree to their names, biographies and photograph being placed on the scholarship programme website alongside any appropriate outputs from their scholarship.
Submissions deadline was 14 January 2020.
Submissions for the 2020 funding are no longer accepted. We expect to open the next round of applications in September/October 2020.