NEWS | January 9, 2020

VIDEO: UC Davis nursing school opens applications for nurse leader fellowships

Fellowship program recognizes nursing innovators

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The national program office at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis today opened applications for the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. This new fellowship program, funded by a $37.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, recognizes early- to mid-career nursing scholars and innovators with a high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing research, practice, education, policy and entrepreneurship. The foundation’s investment over the next five years supports approximately 10 fellows each year.

This three-year fellowship program seeks promising applicants to develop as leaders and take part in an innovative project or study. Ideal candidates will be within five to 10 years of earning a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree with strong promise as a leader and innovator. Applicants must identify an important problem to solve with the potential to address a gap in knowledge, meet a vital need, alter care delivery or design a new solution to advance health. Fellows will each receive $450,000 over three years to support their professional development and individual projects.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to build and develop the next cadre of nurse leaders who not only will have experience and knowledge of how to bring about change and innovation but also how to network and disseminate this across the nation,” said Dean Stephen J. Cavanagh. “We intend to have an impact on the development of the future generation of nursing leaders nationwide.”

The fellowship program features a curriculum designed to enhance leadership and innovation capacity, strengthen strategic thinking and collaborative skills, expand professional networks and propel innovative ideas to fruition.

Dean Emerita Heather M. Young serves as national program director for the new fellowship program for nursing leaders and innovators.

“PhD-prepared nurses must understand deeply our role and potential in the larger system. Our emerging leaders must recognize that we exert leadership with our peers to enact the needed changes and that we also participate as leaders with the health care team to shape and influence health systems to deliver on the promise for better care for all,” said Heather M. Young, professor, as well as dean emerita of the school, who now serves as national program director for the fellowship. “For these reasons, the idea of a fellowship to catalyze and accelerate leadership capacity is so timely and needed.”

The call is open to nursing scholars in academia and in other organizations. Because the fellowship entails commitment from the home institution to support the success of the fellow, the invitation in this first round is limited to academic settings that are highly ranked and have PhD programs. Applicants from other organizations must provide evidence that the organization supports nursing scholarship. Applicants must be nominated by the chief executive of their organization or dean of their nursing school and complete an online application that includes a proposal for the project.

Faculty from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management contribute their expertise in leadership and entrepreneurship to help accelerate the careers of these selected nursing scholars. The hybrid online and classroom curriculum, including an entrepreneurship academy, is designed to provide opportunities for advanced leadership and innovation development.

“We are delighted to partner with Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing in delivering this unique experience. This fellowship program will have a significant positive impact on developing future leaders in the nursing profession,” said Rao Unnava, dean of the Graduate School of Management. “These leaders will be instrumental in designing innovative care delivery systems that will stand the test of time and are centered around better patient experiences and outcomes.”

In the spirit of Betty Irene Moore’s passion to advance nursing with the goal of better outcomes for individuals, families and communities, the foundation seeks to prepare nurses as collaborative leaders with the skills and confidence to inspire others, enact change and challenge the status quo. With the creation of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, the foundation supports nurse leaders who take ideas to scale that advance high-quality, high-value care and optimal health outcomes.

The program anticipates announcing the inaugural cohort of fellows by April 2020.

To apply, visit the fellowship program webpage. To learn more, visit the School of Nursing website.


About the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis transforms health care through interprofessional nursing education and research. Established in 2009 through a $100 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the school offers five graduate areas of study, including doctoral and master’s-degree programs in nursing science and health-care leadership and master’s-degree programs for pre-licensure nurses, family nurse practitioners and physician assistants, with a focus on preparing primary-care providers for rural and underserved communities. The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is part of UC Davis Health, an integrated, academic health system encompassing the UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center and the UC Davis Medical Group. For more information, visit