About the Program

The Future of Nursing Scholars program is creating a diverse cadre of PhD prepared nurses who are committed to a long-term leadership career; advancing science and discovery through research; strengthening nursing education; and furthering transformational change in nursing and health care.


As the largest health profession in the country, nurses play a significant role in improving the nation’s health care system.

They have unique insights into patient care and key perspectives on the connections between patients, the health care system, and the local, state, and national policies that affect them. Nurses also enjoy the trust of the public and of the nation’s opinion leaders, who want nurses to have more influence than they do now on health policy, planning, and management.

Latest News

April 2, 2019 - Congratulations to Mary Hannan, Alberta Tran, and Letitia Graves, who were all selected to receive FNS post-doctoral fellowship awards this year.  These Scholars are members of the program’s third cohort and will each receive $50,000 each from RWJF for their post-doctoral research.

June 8, 2018 - Congratulations to Cilgy Abraham, the first PhD nursing student selected for Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowship in Health Policy, offered by the New York Academy of Medicine.

June 8, 2018 - Congratulations to William Rosa, the first FNS Scholar to be inducted as a fellow to the American Academy of Nursing.

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