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

May 3, 2021 - Call for Abstracts now open for the 2022 RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program's final convening.

April 5, 2021 - Congratulations to Emily Bratlee-Walker, Brittany Drazich, and Jacqueline Nikpour who were all selected to receive FNS post-doctoral fellowship awards this year.  These Scholars are members of the program’s fifth and final cohort and will each receive up to $50,000 each from RWJF for their post-doctoral research.


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