Applications for the 2022 cohort of 10 nurse leader fellows from eligible institutions and health systems open Sept. 24. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. PST Dec. 1.

The two-part application process includes an online Qualtrics application and a single PDF of several required materials emailed to the national program office.  

Applications received after the deadline are not considered due to the volume of applications received. Invited finalists participate in a mandatory, online Zoom interview in the spring.

View a sample application for the 2021 cohort (PDF) »

Submitting an application

Step 1 — Request a link to your custom, save-as-you-go online application »

Step 2 — Use your personalized link to access your online application. Please note that your entries automatically save each time you exit the online application system. Always use your personal application link to return to the saved application at any time prior to submission.

Step 3 — Complete all required sections of the online application, provide an electronic signature at the end of the application and submit. Look for an email confirmation of your submission. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact the national program office at hs-NurseLeaderFellows@ucdavis.edu.

Step 4 — Prepare a single PDF of the additional required documents and send to hs-NurseLeaderFellows@ucdavis.edu. Include your last name in the subject line. Required documents for the single PDF (in this order) include*:

  • Applicant curriculum vitae (C.V.) in National Institutes of Health (NIH) biosketch format Use the NIH Biographical Sketch Format Page (non-fellowship) template. The final biosketch must be no longer than five pages.
  • Dean, chief nurse executive or chief nursing officer nomination statement — A nomination statement or letter of support from the nursing school dean, chief nurse executive or chief nursing officer of a health system or organization. The letter must attest to applicant’s demonstrated promise as a nurse leader and innovator, characteristics of the applicant that align with the program, strength of applicant’s proposed idea and the quality and impact of the project. Includes a commitment to institutional support and a statement of commitment to at least 30% release time throughout the three-year fellowship – including a plan to backfill applicant’s responsibilities. Also includes a brief narrative regarding the intended use of the one-time payment of $50,000 to the institution. Please note: Representatives from the national program office reserve the right to contact the dean, chief nurse executive or chief nursing officer and mentor.
  • Self-selected mentor letter of support — Letter from applicant's self-selected mentor that references the quality and impact of the project; evaluates the promise of the applicant’s aptitude for leadership based on expertise, training, education and personal characteristics; attests to the strength of the proposed idea; identifies areas for growth and development and includes a commitment to serve as a mentor.
  • Self-selected mentor C.V. in NIH biosketch format — Use the NIH Biographical Sketch Format Page (non-fellowship) template. The final biosketch must be no longer than five pages. 
  • Project timeline (by quarter for three years) Use the project timeline template (Word)
  • Budget Use budget template (Excel) 
  • Budget justification — Submit a narrative budget justification that explains the line items outlined in the budget. See the budget instructions for detailed information about what to include. 

*Do not include additional materials outside these required elements. To ensure a fair and efficient review process, additional materials are not considered.

Step 5 — Look for an email confirming receipt of your PDF. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact the national program office at hs-NurseLeaderFellows@ucdavis.edu.

Sept. 24, 2021 — Applications open

Nov. 25-26, 2021 — National program office is closed

Dec. 1, 2021 — Applications due by 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) (applications received after the deadline are not considered)

Dec. 24-27, 2021 — National program office is closed

Dec. 30-31, 2021 — National program office is closed

Week of Feb. 7, 2022 — Applicants selected for interviews are notified this week

Feb. 22-24, 2022 — Required candidate interviews are conducted online via Zoom

Week of March 1, 2022 — Candidates are notified of acceptance into the program

April 2022— Announce 2022 cohort

July 1, 2022— Program for 2022 cohort begins

Last two weeks of July 2022 — Accepted fellows attend the mandatory, in-person convocation in Sacramento, California

Here are some tips and strategies for you to consider as you prepare an application:

  • Reflect, share and request feedback about your leadership aspirations and potential to bring innovation to your leadership journey with trusted peers, mentors and multiple others in your professional and social networks. This trusted feedback can be helpful as you consider ways to refine and more clearly articulate your aspirations and innovation.
  • Practice communicating your big-picture vision for an important health or health care issue, verbally and in writing, including a compelling description of how you plan to address this issue through your proposed fellowship project.
  • Think globally about how the fellowship will advance your leadership and career trajectory.
  • Share drafts and schedule time to discuss your application with your mentor and dean or chief nursing officer, along with a discussion of your strengths, successes and specific support needs.
  • Ask for feedback from diverse stakeholders and viewpoints in your professional and social networks.