Future of Nursing Scholars

2016 Call for Proposals

  • Release Date: July 15, 2015


The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 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.

Total Awards

For the 2016 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).

Key Dates

July 22, 2015 (4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET)
Informational applicant webinar for interested schools.
View recording here.

September 17, 2015 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of applications.*

November 2015
The national advisory committee selects finalist schools.

December 2015
Schools receive notification of awards.

August 2016
Awards begin.

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 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, disability, age and socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage the selection of Scholars 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 more successful we will be as we strive together to build a Culture of Health, enabling all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come.

* The Officers are the Chairman of the Board of Trustees; President and CEO; Chief of Staff; General Counsel; Secretary; Assistant Secretary; Treasurer; and Assistant Treasurer of the Foundation.

September 17, 2015, 3:00 p.m. ET



Heather J. Kelley-Thompson

Phone: (215)898-9836

Email: hkelley@nursing.upenn.edu