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Grants to USA IHEs to Provide Leadership and Mentoring Training Programs for Future Nurses

Future of Nursing Scholars


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Funding Source
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/15/16 3:00 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of $75,000 over three years to USA higher education institutions with research-focused Ph.D. programs. The goal of the program is to mentor and provide leadership training to future nursing scholars. There will be an informational webinar on August 12. Funding is intended to advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to the nursing and health care field.

After receiving the award, selected schools will then choose the Ph.D. students to be designated as Future Nursing Scholars.

Scholars will:

- Receive high-level mentoring from two key mentors - a primary nursing mentor and a secondary mentor outside of nursing - as well as from a broad network of national leaders in education, policy, innovation, health care, and their individual research or scholarship areas.

- Become part of a national network of nursing scholars from this program, fellows from other RWJF programs, and other scholar programs across the country.

- Be eligible to apply for a competitive $50,000 post-doctoral award, administered by the national program office, if they plan to assume a faculty position.

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).


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility and Selection Criteria:

Schools with research-focused Ph.D. programs in nursing are eligible to apply for the program. 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.

After receiving the award, selected schools will then choose the Ph.D. students to be designated as Future of Nursing Scholars.

The selected schools must agree to contribute a $50,000 match (which may be in-kind) over three years to each student, in addition to the $75,000 provided by the program. Thus students will receive a total of $125,000 to use over the three years of their PhD program for tuition, fees, living expenses, research activities, programmatic activities and other expenses.

In addition to the pre-doctoral support, a one-year competitive post-doctoral award will be available to program alumni who assume a faculty position.

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.

Pre-Application Information
Application Timeline:
September 15, 2016, 3:00 PM 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.

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Number of Grants
75 scholars

Estimated Size of Grant
$75,000 over three years.

Term of Contract
Funding is available over three years.

Contact Information
Register online

Heather J. Kelley-Thompson, Deputy Director
(215) 898-9836

Direction and Technical Assistance:
Future of Nursing Scholars Program
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
418 Curie Boulevard, Suite 303
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-9836

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