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.


Even though nursing is the largest health profession in the United States with more than 3 million registered nurses, less than 1 percent of nurses have a doctorate in nursing or a related field.

Nurse researchers help answer many pressing health and health care questions, including how to prevent costly and life-threatening medical errors, how to help older Americans stay out of long-term care facilities and in their own homes, and how to improve the rate of vaccinations and immunizations to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

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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