Clinical Scholars

2017 Call for Applications

    Release Date: January 4, 2017 | Application Deadline: March 08, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET


The Clinical Scholars program is a three-year leadership program for clinically active health care providers and practitioners spanning a range of professions (see eligibility criteria for additional information). The program aims to provide providers with the opportunity to build and develop the unique skills they need to lead communities and organizations toward a Culture of Health. Strong applicants include a team that will bring a knowledge of and experience in the art and science of health care services, a unique perspective as providers in health and health care systems, and understand the special professional status and relationship with patients and communities.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • The applicant must be an organization based in the United States or its territories.
  • Applicants should have the administrative and financial capacity, as well as the experience, to accept the award and to be able to distribute funds consistent with the permitted use of funds described herein, and within the approved budget.
  • To apply, applicant organizations must assemble an interprofessional team of two to five members representing different health professions. Teams may consist of members from within the same or across different organizations. Teams may have a history of working together or be newly formed to address the wicked problem impact project.

Key Dates

January 6, 2017 (11 a.m.–Noon ET)
Webinar for potential applicants of all four leadership programs; recording available here.
Webinar slides are available here.

January 19, 2017 (12–1 p.m. ET)
Webinar for potential applicants for the Clinical Scholars program; recording available here. Webinar slides are available here.

March 8, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full applications.

June 5–6, 2017
Web-based semifinalist interviews with the national advisory committee (attendance required).

Mid-June 2017
Notification of awards.

July 12, 2017
Deadline for receipt of finalist supplemental applications.

September 1, 2017
Program begins. Grant funding initiated.

Mandatory leadership retreats

October 13–18, 2017
Fall Leadership Institute in Nashville, TN.

May 5–10, 2018
Spring Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, NC.

September/October 2018
Fall Leadership Institute location TBD.

May 2019
Spring Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, NC.

September/October 2019
Fall Leadership Institute location TBD.

May 2020
Spring Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, NC.

September/October 2020
Fall Leadership Institute, location TBD.

Total Awards

The total award to the grantee organization will be up to $105,000 per team member for the three-year fellowship program. Teams may be between two and five individuals. For example, the award for a three-member team would be for a total of up to $315,000. The size of the team may not increase during the grant term. This amount includes grant funds to support the ongoing participation for all team members for all three years, including salary support, project funding, and project travel. In keeping with RWJF policy, grant funds may not be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
March 08, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

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