Clinical Scholars

2019 Call for Applications

    Release Date: January 11, 2019 | Application Deadline: Wed, 13 Mar 2019


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Clinical Scholars is a three-year national leadership development program that offers interprofessional teams of health professionals (spanning a wide range of disciplines) the opportunity to build and develop unique skills to lead teams, working with and across communities and organizations to build a Culture of Health. More often than not, health professional education and training does not provide the tools, knowledge, and skills they need to lead transformative change. Clinical Scholars is designed to address that gap by offering health professionals the training to:

  • Prepare to lead transformative change focused on health equity.
  • Realize their unique role as both professionals and trusted members of communities.
  • Cooperatively work across disciplines and professions to tackle problems that emerge from complex systems in communities—problems that jeopardize the achieving of a Culture of Health. These are society’s “wicked problems.”

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The Clinical Scholars program is a team-based program for a wide variety of health professionals (e.g., audiologists, clinical counselors, dentists, dieticians, nurses, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, veterinarians). The team must be sponsored by an applicant organization.

Complete eligibility requirements are included in the call for applications.

Key Dates

January 28, 2019 (1–2 p.m. ET)
Webinar for potential applicants of the Clinical Scholars program; register here.

March 13, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full applications, including video and references.

May 29–30, 2019
Web-based semifinalist interviews with the national advisory committee (attendance required); semi-finalists will be notified by May 10.

July 10, 2019
Deadline for receipt of finalist supplemental applications.

Mid-July 2019
Notification of finalist teams.

September 15, 2019
Program begins. Grant funding initiated.

October 25–29, 2019
Clinical Scholars Leadership Retreat (attendance required), Chapel Hill, N.C.

2020 (date TBD)
RWJF Annual Leadership Institute, (attendance required), date and location TBD.

April 25–30, 2020
Clinical Scholars Leadership Retreat (attendance required), Chapel Hill, N.C.

Total Awards

  • Number of fellows in the 2019 cohort: up to 35 (in teams of two to five)
  • Grant funds: Up to $105,000 per team member over the course of the three-year fellowship program. (For example, the award for a three-member team would be up to $315,000 in total for the entire program.) Please note: The size of the team may not increase during the grant term.


Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
March 13, 2019, 3:00 p.m. ET