Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars

2013-2014 Call for Applications

  • Release Date: November 5, 2013


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are collaborating to foster the development of physicians who will lead the transformation of Americans’ health and health care through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. These future leaders will conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners, and policy-makers to address issues essential to the health and well-being of all Americans.

Total Awards

Up to 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars will be selected. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will fully fund up to 10 positions. The Foundation and VA will jointly fund 10 additional positions through VA Medical Centers affiliated with the participating universities. The first year scholar RWJF stipend is $69,500 with an increase the second year. VA stipends, in some cases, will be higher. Financial support is available at each university for expenses associated with all scholars’ tuition, research, and travel.

Key Dates

  • February 28, 2014 (5 p.m. ET)
    Deadline for receipt of applications.
  • April 18, 2014
    Interviews completed.
  • July 1, 2014
    Notification of acceptance.
  • July 1, 2015
    Entry of selected scholars into the program at participating universities.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program, physicians must:

  • be committed  to a career in academic medicine, public health, health policy or another career congruent with the program’s purposes and priorities of developing physician leaders and skilled researchers;
  • be highly regarded by those responsible for their clinical training;
  • complete the clinical requirements of their residency training by the date of entry into the program (except for surgeons); and
  • be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories at the time of application.

Both MDs and DOs are eligible to apply. We will not consider applicants whose stipends will be supported or supplemented by other sources with the exception of active duty military physicians. RWJF and the VA make all funding decisions.

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. We encourage applications from diverse clinical backgrounds.

February 28, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET



Kristin Siebenaler, deputy director
(919) 843-1351