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New RWJF Clinical Scholars Program – Application Period Open

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has launched four new programs as part of their Advancing Change Leaders national initiative to achieve a Culture of Health. Applications are now open for the second cohort of RWJF leadership programs, including the new Clinical Scholars program. Interested applicants may apply online until the March 8, 2017 deadline.

A prerecorded webinar is available for viewing to:
a. Get more information about the program
b. Hear more about what they are looking for in a successful applicant
c. Learn what you will need to apply

The Foundation selected four institutions to serve as National Leadership Program Centers for RJWF’s new boundary-spanning leadership initiatives.  Each institution co-designed and launched a program to train and network groups of leaders in communities across the country who will contribute to building a national Culture of Health. 

The four new programs are:

  • Health Policy Research Leaders : Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD supports a large cadre of doctoral students from diverse backgrounds whose research, connections, and leadership will contribute to a Culture of Health.
  • Interdisciplinary Research Leaders University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN supports a network of researchers whose leadership and community-relevant, policy-relevant, and action-oriented research will help drive social change that helps to build a Culture of Health.
  • Culture of Health Leaders National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project of New Venture Fund, Washington, D.C. develops, harnesses, and leverages a diverse group of leaders representing key sectors (e.g., education, transportation, public health and policy, social work, business, community engagement, urban planning, and health care) who, as a result of this program, will take their leadership and influence to the next level to lead communities, organizations, and the nation toward a Culture of Health.
  • Clinical Scholars University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC supports multidisciplinary teams of licensed and clinically active health care providers who develop community-focused approaches to addressing threats to the Culture of Health. Learn how the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is dedicated to building a Culture of Health in President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey's 2015 annual message.

National Clinician Scholars Program – Selections Underway for Second Cohort

After the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a plan to close its Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Michigan, and Yale University; those schools formed their own consortium to continue “a critically needed training program.” The new program, the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP), builds on the legacy of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program and expands the program by including nurse scientists in addition to physicians to address new and emerging issues related to health care delivery and improving the health of communities. The goal of the new inter-professional research training program is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new models of care, and achieve higher quality health care at lower costs by training nurse and physician researchers who work as leaders and collaborators embedded in communities, health care systems, government, foundations, and think tanks in the U.S. and around the world.

The National Clinician Scholars Program has successfully launched its inaugural 2016-2018 cohort and will welcome its newest class of interdisciplinary physician and nurse Scholars, Cohort 2017-2019, on July 1, 2017.

Planning is also underway for the NCSP’s first Annual Meeting, to take place in November 2017 in New Haven, CT. The NCSP will also soon issue a request for applications for other academic sites to join the consortium. More information will become available on the NCSP website in spring 2017.

The online application for Cohort 2018-2020 will open in May 2017. For more information on the program, eligibility requirements, and application information, please access the NCSP website. Any questions can be directed to the NCSP at


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