Clinical Scholars

2018 Call for Applications

    Release Date: January 12, 2018 | Application Deadline: Wed, 14 Mar 2018


The Clinical Scholars program is a three-year leadership program for health and health care providers and practitioners spanning a range of professions (see eligibility criteria for additional information). The program offers providers 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 of innovative providers 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 an understanding of the special professional status and relationship with patients and communities.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • The applicant organization must be an organization based in the United States or its territories.
  • 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 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. This includes having proper governance, sufficient staffing and strong policies, procedures, and internal controls.
  • To apply, applicant organizations must assemble an interprofessional team of two to five members representing different health professions with at least one team member with the terminal degree for practice in his or her health-related field. 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 22, 2018 (3–4 p.m. ET)
Webinar for potential applicants of the Clinical Scholars program; register here.

January 23, 2018 (3–4 p.m. ET)
Webinar for potential applicants of all four leadership programs; recording here.

March 14, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full applications, including video and references.

May 30–31, 2018
Web-based semifinalist interviews with the national advisory committee (attendance required for semifinalist teams).

July 12, 2018
Deadline for receipt of semifinalist supplemental applications.

Mid-July 2018
Notification of awards.

September 15, 2018
Program begins. Grant funding initiated.

December 1–5, 2018
Clinical Scholars Leadership Retreat (attendance required), Chapel Hill, N.C.

January 11–15, 2019
RWJF Annual Leadership Institute, Indianapolis. (attendance required)

April 13–18, 2019
Clinical Scholars Leadership Retreat (attendance required), Chapel Hill, N.C.

Total Awards

The total award to the applicant 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 up to $315,000 in total. The size of the team may not increase during the grant term. This amount includes grant funds to support the ongoing participation of 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. Travel-related costs to participate in the required on-site leadership training are provided to teams at no cost to the team members or their institutions.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
March 14, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Phone: (919) 843-3304

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