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Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators

The Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators is a national program to develop the next generation of nurse leaders and innovators. The fellowship program recognizes and advances early- to mid-career nursing scholars and innovators with high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing-science research, practice, education, policy and entrepreneurship. Betty Irene Moore Nurse Fellows develop skills and confidence in leadership and innovation improving health care delivery and advancing health.

Applications are closed for the 2022 cohort of 10 nurse leader fellows from eligible institutions and health systems. Top applicants are invited to an online Zoom interview between Feb. 22-24. Selected fellows are announced in May. The 2022 cohort of the fellowship program officially begins July 1.

Recruitment for the 2023 cohort begins September 2022.

View a sample application for the 2022 cohort (Word document) »

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The fellowship is currently funded for five full cohorts from 2020 through 2025. Program eligibility is expected to evolve from year to year. Application to the fellowship program is a two-part process that includes an online Qualtrics application and the submission of several required materials as a single PDF to the national program office. All steps must be complete to be considered for the fellowship. See how to apply for details.

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Funded by a $37.5 million award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the three-year fellowship engages promising nurse scholars in a journey of leadership development and mentorship as they complete an innovative project or study. Each year, approximately 10 fellows are selected to receive $450,000 over three years to support their engagement, while their home institution receives $50,000 to offset costs. The fellowship is currently funded for five full cohorts from 2020 through 2025. 

Advancing nurse careers

During the program, nurse leader fellows build skill and confidence in:

  • Leading change
  • Influencing others for system changes that improve health and quality
  • Building professional networks
  • Communicating effectively to diverse audiences
  • Designing and executing high value programs
  • Bringing new innovations to practice and policy

Curriculum and project 

The fellowship curriculum is designed to develop leadership and innovation capacity, strengthen strategic thinking and collaborative skills and propels innovative ideas to fruition. Fellows gather annually at UC Davis for a week-long convocation and participate in an online learning community throughout the three-year period.

Fellows complete individual projects that address important questions or develop and test innovative ideas. The projects generate new knowledge and insights and have the potential for widespread impact. Fellows present their projects in the third year, as well as at the subsequent convocation after graduation.

See more about the curriculum »

Read about our 2021 convocation »

See journal articles about fellowship projects »

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Betty Irene Moore

Betty Irene Moore

The Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators program is led by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. The nationally ranked UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with us to provide expertise in leadership and entrepreneurship. This highly synergistic partnership across schools focuses on preparing the next generation of leaders who are inspired and committed to make a positive impact.

A $37.5 million award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funds the program. One of the foundation’s early investments was the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. With this new school, the foundation sought to advance health and ignite leadership through innovative education, transformative research and bold system change. The fellowship program builds on that vision, and with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, offers a dynamic opportunity for development in leadership and innovation.