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.


The nursing and health care workforce will face considerably more pressure as more people enter the health care system, the population becomes more diverse, new bacteria and diseases surface, and technology becomes more complex.

Nurse faculty, who prepare new nurses, must be well prepared in research, science, and education techniques to pass along cutting-edge knowledge and skills to those they teach. These faculty prepare the next generation of skilled nurses in hospitals and home care, advanced practice nurses in primary care, and nurse leaders in research, policy, and education.

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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