Clinical Scholars

2016 Call for Applications

  • Release Date: February 22, 2016


The Clinical Scholars program is a three-year fellowship for clinically active health care providers spanning a range of disciplines (see eligibility criteria for additional information). The program aims to provide clinicians with the opportunity to build and develop the unique skills they need to lead communities toward a Culture of Health. Strong applicants will bring a knowledge of and experience in the art and science of health care services, a unique perspective as providers on health and health care systems, and a special professional status and relationship with patients and communities.  For more information, see the full Call for Applications.

Total Awards

  • Each fellow will receive support for their project of $35,000 annually, for a total of $105,000 per person per three-year fellowship experience.
  • Up to 50 participants will be enrolled in the 2016 cohort.
  • Fellows will be selected primarily in interprofessional teams of three to five members; however, individual and pair applicants will also be considered.

Key Dates

February 25, 2016 (1–2 p.m. ET)
Webinar for potential applicants of all four Change Leadership Programs. A recording is available here.

March 21, 2016 (12–1:30 p.m. ET)
Webinar for potential applicants of the Clinical Scholars program.
A recording is available here.
Event slides are available here.

March 30, 2016 (12–1 p.m. ET)
Webinar for potential applicants of all four Change Leadership Programs.
A recording is available here.

April 19, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full applications.

May 23–June 24, 2016
Semifinalist interviews with the national advisory committee (attendance required).

June 24, 2016
Deadline for receipt of semifinalist supplemental applications.

Mid-July 2016
Notification of awards.

September 1, 2016
Program begins. Stipend funding initiated for program participants.

September 24–29, 2016
Fall Institute in Princeton, N.J.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Clinically active health care providers who have a desire to build a Culture of Health will be eligible to participate in this program.
  • Eligible applicants will have completed all required clinical training five or more years prior to applying and will be fully licensed in their chosen health profession (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, DNS, DNP, DDS, DMD, DSW, PsyD, AuD, RD, OTD, PharmD, DPT, DVM, etc.).
  • All applicants should have substantial community-focused research or program experience.
  • Applicants can apply as individuals or as interprofessional teams of up to five members representing different health care professions. Teams may apply from within or across different organizations, with a strong preference for those teams with more than one clinical discipline represented. Teams can be long-standing teams or newly formed to address this issue. Teams may have a history of working together or be formed to address the wicked problem in the Culture of Health that serves as their focus project.
  • Government employees who are not considered government officials under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application.
  • Additionally, individual applicants for receipt of award funds cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of RWJF, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.

April 19, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET

RWJF Change Leadership Programs

Initiatives designed to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a Culture of Health, to ensure that people are supported to live the healthiest lives possible.

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