Funding for Research, Career Development Available to Junior Nurse Faculty Members with PhDs

    • January 30, 2013

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars program has issued a call for proposals for its sixth cohort.  The program seeks talented junior nurse faculty who are committed to academic excellence and are interested in conducting and publishing research on health and health care. The deadline for applications is February 12, 2013. RWJF will award up to 12 grants this time.

Through the program, scholars: receive a three-year $350,000 research grant and salary support; have protected time to focus on program activities; work closely with accomplished mentors; and receive training so they can plan their academic careers, conduct research, influence health policy, and develop leadership skills.

The Nurse Faculty Scholars are a diverse group of nurse faculty who are conducting research on a wide range of topics. The varied areas that Nurse Faculty Scholars are studying include: resilience and psychological health in emergency department workers; ways to reduce suffering of children with cancer; stress-related health behaviors; the spread of sexually transmitted infections in young adults; the relationship between sleep and obesity in adolescents; and pregnancy planning and prenatal experiences among low-income, ethnically diverse women.

The goal of the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program is to develop the next generation of leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for diverse, 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 young faculty.

Scholars in the program are supported for 60 percent time for each of the three years they are in the program through their sponsoring institutions. To receive the award, scholars must be registered nurses who have completed a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline and who have held a tenure-eligible faculty position at an accredited nursing school for at least two and no more than five years.

To learn more about the program, and to apply, visit

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