Betty Irene Moore Fellowships for Nurse Leaders and Innovators

The Betty Irene Moore Fellowships 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-career nursing scholars and innovators with high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing-science research, practice, education, policy and entrepreneurship. This fellowship positions nurse scholars to be full partners in improving health care delivery and advancing health by developing skills and confidence in leadership and innovation.

Applications for the inaugural 2020 cohort of approximately 10 nurse fellows from eligible institutions closed Feb. 28. Applications received after the deadline are considered on a space-available basis.

The fellowship is currently funded for five full cohorts from 2020 through 2025. Program leadership anticipate applications to open for the 2021 cohort in September 2020. However, an application deadline for that cohort is not yet determined. Program eligibility is expected to evolve from year to year.

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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 five-year, $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.

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.

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Fellowship program representatives are available to meet with potential applicants at the following conference and events. Please visit our booth at: 

Jan. 30-Feb. 1
Naples, Florida
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference

March 18-20
New Orleans, Louisiana
Southern Nursing Research Society 2020 Annual Conference

March 26-27
Boston, Massachusetts
Eastern Nursing Research Society Annual Scientific Sessions

April 1-4
Schaumburg, Illinois
Midwest Nursing Research Society 2020 Annual Conference

April 15-18
Portland, Oregon
Western Institute of Nursing 2020 Conference

July 14-17
Miami, Florida
National Association of Hispanic Nurses 45th Annual

July 28-Aug. 2
Hollywood, Florida
National Black Nurses Association 48th Annual Conference

Oct. 24-28
San Francisco, California
American Public Health Association 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo

Oct. 29-31
Washington, D.C.
American Academy of Nursing 2020 Conference

Our partners

Betty Irene Moore

Betty Irene Moore

The Betty Irene Moore Fellowships 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 five-year, $37.5 million award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funds the fellowship 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.