Nurse Leader Fellows fast facts
Applicants must come from the list of eligible, academic nursing programs and hold a permanent, career position. Visiting or contract faculty roles are not eligible. Institutions are selected based on a variety of factors that demonstrate commitment and capacity to support diverse nurse scholars, including presence of a nursing Ph.D. program, national recognition of the school or college, National Institutes of Health funding, and evidence of the institution’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Or, applicants may come from a major health system or organization (e.g., academic health system with inpatient and outpatient services, community hospital, public health, private organization, non-government organization, etc.) with a demonstrated commitment to nursing science, innovation and leadership as evidenced by at least one of these criteria:
- A position dedicated to nursing research or innovation
- Presence of a nursing research unit, center for innovation or evidence-based practice
- Magnet Recognition Program designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center
All applicants must also submit a nomination from a nursing school dean, chief nurse executive or chief nursing officer at their organizations. An institution may nominate one applicant. If an institution already has a fellow in the program, it becomes eligible to nominate again once that fellow's program is complete after three years. The nomination must include a statement of commitment to provide the nominee with at least 30% release time throughout the three-year fellowship – including a plan to backfill applicant’s responsibilities. It must also include a brief narrative regarding the intended use of the one-time payment of $50,000 to the institution.
Applicants with visiting or contract faculty roles are not eligible.
Applicants must have a permanent, career position at an eligible institution. This is because the organization must attest to supporting the fellow’s career over time.
Applicants must have a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) to be considered.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. awarded between 2012-2017. Exceptions may be made for candidates who describe a leave situation, such as maternity or family leave, that impacted their career trajectories. Please contact the national program office at HS-NurseLeaderFellows@ucdavis.edu to discuss an exception.
Applicants with a D.N.P. or Ed.D. are not eligible.
This fellowship is designed for early- to mid-career applicants with Ph.D.s. Due to the expectation for Ph.D.-level scientific preparation, individuals with D.N.P.s or Ed.D.s are not eligible.
Applicants do not need an active R.N. license.
A current, active R.N. license is not required. However, in order to be eligible, applicants must have a nursing degree with a Ph.D. or a Ph.D. from a nursing science program.
Applicants are eligible if they already have or end up receiving a career development K award.
The national program office can collaborate with applicants and their dean, chief nurse executive or chief nursing officer to clarify what is possible and effective. If an applicant already has a K award, please describe in both the project overview and the budget justification how this fellowship complements and fits in with the current award.
Applicants may reapply if not selected for the fellowship.
There is no limit on the number of times an applicant applies for the fellowship program. Applicants may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
Time expectations for the online curriculum and mentorship are approximately 60 hours a year.
The online curriculum and mentorship expectations are approximately 60 hours throughout the year. Within that estimate, at least two hours a month are dedicated to program and mentor meetings. In addition, all candidates are required to attend the annual onsite convocation. The remaining effort is dedicated to the project.
A 30% effort is required for both the project and professional development; that effort can even be increased.
The fellowship budget includes 30% effort to support both the project and professional development related to the fellowship. Additional effort can be allocated on a case-by-case basis. If the scope of the project plus professional development expectations is projected to require more than a 30% effort to be successful, please create a budget justification document to describe the source(s) of funding that will be contributed (e.g. release time from other responsibilities, additional grant funding that contributes to the project, or allocation of additional fellowship project budget).
Fellows are required to attend the subsequent convocation after graduation.
Fellows are required to attend the subsequent convocation after graduation, which would be their fourth convocation, to present their project results.
Below are elements from successful applications among our inaugural cohort to serve as a guide for you and your mentor to consider, should you decide to apply.
Selected fellows applications included:
- A strong description of leadership aspirations and the potential to bring innovation to the leadership journey
- A well-developed, big-picture vision for an important health or health care issue with a compelling description of how the applicant aspired to address this issue through the proposed project
- Evidence of strong support from both the mentor and the home institution
Additional attachments are not allowed as part of the application.
To facilitate a fair and efficient review process, materials are limited to those identified in the application. See how to apply for required application materials.
A strong dean, chief nurse executive or chief nursing officer nomination statement must be included.
We look for deep and sustained support for the nominee during and after the fellowship. A strong nomination offers detail on the prospective fellow’s demonstrated experience as an emerging leader who offers imaginative solutions, as well as how the nominee may benefit from the program by connecting the program elements with the nominee’s professional goals. The statement clearly outlines the institutional infrastructure that is in place to support the nominee’s career trajectory and project proposal. The national program office seeks authentic commitment of a minimum 30% effort toward the fellowship and a description of how the $50,000 institutional funding contributes to this goal. Please note: Representatives from the national program office reserve the right to contact the dean, chief nurse executive or chief nursing officer.
The total grant award is $500,000 for a three-year period.
The fellow receives a total of $450,000 ($150,000 per year for three years). The home institution receives a total of $50,000. See the budget instructions for more information.
Only one person can apply from an institution or organization.
An institution or organization may nominate one applicant. If an institution already has a fellow in the program, it becomes eligible to nominate again once that fellow's program is complete after three years.
The $50,000 institutional funding must be used to support customary organizational expenses associated with grant and project work.
Funds are used based on the specific needs of each organization provided they are sufficiently explained and justified. Examples of common expenditures include faculty and staff expenses to cover the release time required by the fellowship, core infrastructure related to administrative and business operations, and generalized mentorship expenses, etc. The proposed expenditure of these funds must be included in the dean, chief nurse executive or chief nursing officer nomination statement. See the budget instructions for more information.
Self-selected mentors do not need to be from the same institution or discipline as the applicant.
Applicants are encouraged to select a mentor who provides the expertise they need for their individual projects and who can support their vision for the difference they hope to make. Self-selected mentors may be faculty from an applicant’s school or department, they may be outside their organization and they may also be from another discipline. The self-selected mentor is expected to understand the applicant’s project well enough to provide advice and support.
Applicants can have a self-selected mentorship team.
Applicants may opt to use a mentor team; however, only one mentor is named on the application. Do not include more than one mentor's C.V. and letter of support in the single PDF packet of additional required application documents. Additional materials submitted beyond the required elements are not considered.
Self-selected mentors can be included in the budget.
An applicant's self-selected mentor is allowed to be included in the budget and compensated for their contributions. Applicants who wish to compensate the self-selected mentor must list them as a consultant in the budget.