Institutional eligibility

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.

Or, applicants may come from a major health system or organization 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 or chief executive at their organizations. An institution may nominate up to two applicants; but only one can be selected. The nomination must include a statement of commitment to provide the nominee with at least 30% release time throughout the three-year fellowship.

Applicant eligibility (for 2021 applicants)

  • Be five to 10 years post-PhD (PhD conferred between 2011-2016)
  • Hold at least one degree in nursing or nursing science from an accredited nursing school or college
  • Firmly commit to at least 30% effort for the fellowship effective July 1
  • Commit to attend the annual convocation
  • Commit to participate in the online mentorship and learning community

Contact us at or 916-734-8858 with any questions. We are happy to schedule a phone consultation to discuss your eligibility and individual considerations.