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.


Florence Nightingale is remembered for her transformative work as a military nurse during the Crimean War and her vast contributions to health care.

But she was also the world’s first nurse researcher and leader, spearheading changes that led to astounding improvements in health and health care and improving lives across the globe. She couldn’t earn a PhD in nursing in her day, but the nurses she inspires to follow in her footsteps can.

Latest News

Call for Proposals Now Available for Round 4; applications due September 15, 2016. Interested applicants may view a recording of our applicant webinar.

The RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars program hosted “Summer Institute 2016: Science and Innovation” July 12-15, 2016 in Colorado Springs, CO. This event brought Cohorts 1 and 2 scholars and mentors together for the first time.

Future of Nursing Scholars program highlighted in Health Affairs July 2016 GrantWatch column.

Future of Nursing Scholars program selects 32 schools of nursing to receive grants in Cohort 3.

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