Future of Nursing Scholars CFP

2017 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: July 15, 2016 | Application Deadline: September 15, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET


The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program (FNS) 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.

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is part of the Foundation’s Leadership for Better Health theme, which aims to ensure that the nation has a diverse, well-trained leadership and workforce to build a Culture of Health across this country, in which good health flourishes across all demographics and where being as healthy as possible and staying that way are esteemed social values, and where everyone has access to affordable, quality health care.

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.

  • Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
  •  Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Individual candidates for receipt of award funds must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents* at the time of award or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Additionally, individual candidates for receipt of award funds 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.

Key Dates

August 12, 2016 (2 to 3 p.m. ET)
Informational applicant webinar for interested schools.
Register: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/fw1grqceefqf&eom

September 15, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of applications.*

November 2016
The national advisory committee selects finalist schools.

December 2016
Schools receive notification of awards.

August 2017
Awards begin.

Total Awards

For the 2017 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).

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
September 15, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Heather J. Kelley-Thompson, deputy director
Phone: (215) 898-9836
Email: hkelley@nursing.upenn.edu