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

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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