Future of Nursing Scholars

2015 Call for Proposals

Deadline: October 01, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET

  • Release Date: July 21, 2014

Purpose

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars program is to develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care.

The Future of Nursing Scholars program aims to ensure that the nation has a diverse and well-trained leadership and workforce to build a Culture of Health across this country in which good health flourishes across all demographics, where being healthy and staying that way are esteemed social values and where everyone has access to affordable, quality health care.  In order to achieve these goals, we need to prepare a cadre of researchers, innovators, policymakers, nurse leaders and faculty. In addition, the Future of Nursing Scholars program advances the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recommendation—from the Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report—to double the number of nurses in the United States with doctoral degrees. Program funds should be used to increase the number of PhD students in nursing that are admitted to the selected schools.

Schools with research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply for the program. As described by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools, “the purposes of the research-focused doctoral degree are to prepare for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry, creative scholarship, and research; provide preparation that leads to careers in government, business, and industry as well as academia; and result in extension of knowledge.”

Selected schools will choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars. The school must be committed to facilitating the scholar’s completion of the PhD in three academic years. The scholars selected by the school must also be committed to completing their PhD program in three academic years. Program alumni who plan to enter faculty roles after graduation will be eligible to apply for a one-year postdoctoral award selected on a competitive basis. The Future of Nursing Scholars will form long-lasting relationships and networks with other scholars in this program, as well as with scholars and fellows in other RWJF programs—situating them as a formidable group of health care leaders.
 

Total Awards

For the 2015 cohort, the program will support up to 75 scholars across the selected schools. Each scholar will receive $75,000 to be used over the three years of the program.  This award must be matched by $50,000 in support from the school (which may be in-kind).

In this round of funding, funds may be provided by RWJF, or one of the following funders:

  • Independence Blue Cross Foundation
  • Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.  (These funds will be awarded by the NPO.)
  • Ascension Health (These funds will be awarded by the NPO.)
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

 

8/20/2014 - In addition to the funders listed above, the Rhode Island Foundation has just been added.

Note: If additional funders are added to this Call for Proposals before September 30, 2014, they will be added to the website (www.futureofnursingscholars.org) and we will alert all applicants who started an application of any such additions.

Key Dates

July 30, 2014 (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET)
Informational applicant webinar for interested schools.
Register: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=esvmy8dn1xrc

August 4, 2014 (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET)
Informational webinar for interested students.
Register: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=t4te3z5n6ib9

October 1, 2014 (3:00  p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of applications.*

December 2014
The national advisory committee selects finalist schools.

January 2015
Schools receive notification of awards.

August 2015
Awards begin.

* All applicants should log in to the system and familiarize themselves with the online application requirements well before the final submission deadline. Staff may not be able to assist all applicants in the final 24 hours before the submission deadline. In fairness to all applicants, late submissions will not be accepted.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Schools with research-focused PhD programs in nursing are eligible to apply for the program. As described by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools, “the purposes of the research-focused doctoral degree are to prepare for a lifetime of intellectual inquiry, creative scholarship, and research; provide preparation that leads to careers in government, business, and industry as well as academia; and result in extension of knowledge.” After receiving the award, selected schools will then choose the PhD students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories and be either public entities or tax-exempt as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3).

Scholars selected for receipt of award funds must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents at the time of award. Additionally, selected scholars cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of RWJF, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.

Consistent with RWJF values, this program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age and socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage applications that will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work. We believe that the more we include diverse perspectives and experiences in our work, the more successful we will be as we strive together to build a Culture of Health, enabling all in our diverse society to lead healthy lives, now, and for generations to come.

Note:
In support of the IOM Future of Nursing report, the Future of Nursing Scholars program seeks to increase the number of nurses with PhDs. We applaud our philanthropic colleagues who provide scholarship funding to nurses pursuing doctoral degrees. It will take all of our collective support to double the number of nurses with doctoral degrees in the US. The program also seeks to shorten the time to completion of the PhD degree to 3 years. Thus students who already have scholarship funding through another philanthropic fellowship are not eligible for consideration as Future of Nursing Scholars. Other fellowships frequently have extra time and project commitments that may interfere with the focused study necessary for a three year PhD completion.

KEY MATERIALS

CONTACT

Heather J. Kelley-Thompson
Phone: (215) 898-9836
Email: hkelley@nursing.upenn.edu

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