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.
- Be a registered nurse with a research doctorate in nursing or a related discipline.
- Be a junior faculty member in an accredited school of nursing with an academic position that could lead to tenure. Junior faculty are usually at the instructor or assistant professor level.
- After completing the doctorate, be in an academic position that could lead to tenure for at least two years and no more than five years at the start of the program.
- Identify at least one senior leader in the school of nursing to serve as a primary (nursing) mentor for academic career planning and to provide access to organizations, programs and colleagues helpful to the candidate’s work as a scholar.
- Identify at least one senior researcher in the university with similar or complementary research interests to serve as a research mentor. Scholars are encouraged to select the research mentor from a discipline outside of nursing.
- Be U.S. Citizens, Resident Non-Citizen Nationals, or Resident Foreign Nationals at the time of application and must not be receiving support from other research fellowships/traineeships at the time they begin the program.
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.