Institutional eligibility
Applicants must come from the list of eligible, academic nursing programs and hold a permanent, career position.

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.

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 (PhD) to be considered.
Candidates must have a PhD awarded between 2010-2015. 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 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 PhD or a PhD from a nursing science program.

You are eligible if you already have or end up receiving a career development K award.
The national program office can collaborate with you and your dean or executive to clarify what is possible and effective. If you already have a K award, please describe in both the project overview and the budget justification how this fellowship complements and fits in with your current award.

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 onsite convocation from July 26-31. 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). 

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 or chief executive 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.

Applicants selected for interview are notified by March 20.
This first cohort selection process is short with tight timelines. Due to the tight turn-around time for this first cohort, all applicants must be prepared for the required in-person interviews. In-person interviews are scheduled between April 6 and 8 in Sacramento.  Finalists will be notified of the actual day of their interview by March 20.

The interviews, which are scheduled for one day for each selected applicant, are set for April 6-8 in Sacramento.

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.

More than one person can apply from an institution or organization.
Up to two applicants from the same institution or organization may be nominated. However, only one fellowship position is awarded to each institution or organization. 

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 or chief executive nomination statement.