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

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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