Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing

2014 Call for Applications-Round 7

  • Release Date: October 17, 2013


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing is a scholarship program to help alleviate the nursing shortage and increase the diversity of nursing professionals. Through grants to schools of nursing, the program provides scholarships to college graduates without nursing degrees who are enrolled in accelerated baccalaureate and master’s nursing programs.

Total Awards

  • A school of nursing may apply for between five and 30 scholarships per year to be awarded to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or who are economically disadvantaged.
  • A total of up to 400 scholarship awards will be made during this funding cycle.

Key Dates

  • November 6, 2013 (2 p.m. ET) and December 5, 2013 (11 a.m. ET)
    Optional applicant Web conference calls. Registration is required. Please visit the program’s website for complete details and to register.
  • January 9, 2014 (3 p.m. ET)
    Deadline for receipt of applications and supporting documents.
  • June 2014
    Announcement of grants.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible, applicant organizations must:

  • offer an Accelerated Nursing Degree Program*
  • be accredited by a nursing accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; and
  • comply with all requirements of the application.
  • be a public entity or tax-exempt organization under Sections 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that is not classified as a private foundation on nonfunctionally integrated Type III supporting organization. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

Consistent with RWJF values, this program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, age and disadvantaged 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 better we are able to help all Americans live healthier lives and get the care they need.


*Accelerated Nursing Degree Program” means a program of education in professional nursing offered by an accredited school of nursing in which an individual holding a bachelor’s degree in another discipline receives a BSN or MSN degree in an accelerated time frame as determined by the accredited school of nursing.


January 09, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET



Vernell DeWitty, PhD, RN, deputy director

Phone: (202) 463-6930