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

December 11, 2017 - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 31 schools of nursing selected to receive grants to support up to 58 nurses as they pursue their PhDs. These 31 schools comprise the fifth and final cohort of grantees of the Future of Nursing Scholars program.

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."

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