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Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars - Becoming a Scholar

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is launching four new programs as part of their Advancing Change Leaders national initiative to achieve a Culture of Health. 
Each program will have a different focus (post docs, junior faculty, mid-career clinicians, and leaders outside of clinical practice). Selected candidates remain in their current communities and apply as teams. Please click on the links below to view the call for applications for each program. Their hope is to have as diverse an applicant pool as possible and that all potentially eligible candidates know about the new focus of the programs. The Foundation welcomes your support in spreading the word and encouraging individuals to apply.

New Leadership Programs

The Foundation selected four institutions to serve as National Leadership Program Centers for RJWF’s new boundary-spanning leadership initiatives.  Each institution will co-design and launch 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 will support 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 will support 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. will develop, harness, and leverage 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 will develop cohorts of networked clinicians who have attained a terminal clinical degree and who have the competencies and capabilities to lead transformative change that helps to build a Culture of Health in communities across the country.

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 (NCSP)

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 announced its first cohort for 2016-18 This cohort of physicians and nurses will receive financial support from their institutions, community partner agencies, and other local and national funders. Applications for Cohort 2017-19 are currently being accepted until August 15.  For more information on the new program, eligibility requirements, and application information please access the NCSP website. Any questions can be directed to the NCSP at

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