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

March 28, 2017 -- Congratulations to Ethan Cicero, the first FNS Scholar to be awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.

February 14, 2017 -- FNS Cohort 2 Scholar featured in Johnson & Johnson's article, "4 Ways Johnson & Johnson Has Given Love to the Nurse Who Give Love Every Day."

January 26, 2017 -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 28 schools of nursing selected to receive grants to support up to 51 nurses as they pursue their PhDs. These 28 schools comprise the fourth cohort of grantees of the Future of Nursing Scholars program.

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