Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program offers talented junior faculty in academic nursing three years of career development support. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, and salary and research support to young faculty. Each year, up to 12 scholars will be awarded up to $350,000 each over three years.
Scholars must be nominated by their nursing schools, and the grants are made to the sponsoring institutions to support the scholar’s salary, release time and original research project. Scholars, in collaboration with their mentors, will design individual professional development plans that will help them master new competencies and increase their effectiveness as academic nursing leaders.
During the three years of the program, scholars are expected to take their expertise in research, leadership and teaching to a new level of proficiency that will contribute to strengthening the reputation of the institutions they serve. At the completion of the program, scholars will be prepared to use their research and leadership training to advance their academic careers, contribute to the knowledge and science of academic nursing and enhance the prestige of the faculty role.
Beginning in 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will develop new programs that strive to increase the number of scholars/fellows/leaders we support annually. As part of this transition, we will wind down and conclude ten Human Capital programs, including Nurse Faculty Scholars.
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The RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program gave me the resources and support to intensify my work as a researcher, and at the same time, the opportunity to develop as an educator, policy-maker, and nursing leader. The questions I have explored as a researcher came from my experiences working as a nurse in high-poverty, urban neighborhoods. Pursuing answers to these questions is crucial to improving the health and well-being of youth living in distressed communities, and the Nurse Faculty scholarship is helping to bring those answers within reach for us all.