Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars

2013-2014 Call for Applications

  • Release Date: October 15, 2013


The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars (NFS) program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to junior faculty.

Total Awards

Up to 12 awards of up to $350,000 each over three years will be available in this round of funding.

Key Dates

December 10, 2013 (11:30 a.m. ET) and December 18, 2013 (2:00 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant webinars. Registration is required. Please visit the program’s website ( for complete details and to register.

February 12, 2014 (3:00 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of applications.*

Mid–April 2014
Notification of semifinalist status.

June 2–4, 2014
Semifinalist interviews with the national advisory committee (attendance is required).

Late June 2014
Notification of finalists.

September 1, 2014
Appointments begin.


* All applications must be submitted via the RWJF online system. 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 or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applications must be submitted by the academic institution nominating the proposed scholar. Preference will be given to those applicant organizations that may be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

To be eligible, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered nurse with a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline.
  • Be a junior faculty member in an accredited school of nursing with an academic position that could lead to tenure. Junior faculty is usually at the instructor or assistant professor level.
  • After completing the doctorate, be in an academic position that could lead to tenure for at least two years and no more than five years at the start of the program.
  • Identify at least one senior leader in the school of nursing to serve as a primary (nursing) mentor for academic career planning, and to provide access to organizations, programs and colleagues helpful to the candidate’s work as a scholar.
  • Identify at least one senior researcher in the university with similar or complementary research interests to serve as a research mentor. Scholars are encouraged to select the research mentor from a discipline outside of nursing.
  • Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application.  Candidates who are not permanent residents and not green card holders should contact Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing before applying to determine whether they can satisfy the program’s eligibility and documentation requirements.
  • Candidates must not be receiving support from other research fellowships or traineeships at the time they begin the program.

Because they already have demonstrated research expertise, former or current principal investigators on an NIH R01 research project or the equivalent are not eligible to apply.

  • Additionally, candidates cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 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, age and disadvantaged socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who 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 able we are to help all Americans live healthier lives and get the care they need.

February 12, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET




Please include your name and telephone number in the inquiry.