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Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars - Becoming a Scholar

A year 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 have 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 application period is open for the initial NCSP 2016-18 cohort. The cohort of up to 20 physicians and nurses will be receive financial support from their institutions, community partner agencies, and other local and national funders. For more information on the new program, eligibility requirements, and application information please access the NCSP website. Penn, UCLA, Michigan, and Yale posted press releases on the launch of the program. The early action deadline is May 15, 2015, and the Regular Admissions deadline is September 1, 2015. The first cohort will enter the program on July 1, 2016. Any questions can be directed to the NCSP at

The NPO looks forward to the final cohort of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program who start July 1, 2015. We are excited to have such a large class of scholars. These scholars will have the opportunity as second years to interact with the first cohort of the NCSP.


October 21, 2014: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation selected seven organizations to design the new RWJF health leadership programs. These organizations will submit design components for the new initiatives in December 2014. The selected organizations are Community-Campus Partnership for Health; Continuum LLC; Healthy Native Communities Partnership; IDEO LP; Institute for Alternative Futures; UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and David Geffen School of Medicine; and Tides Center, Fiscal Sponsor for Leadership Learning Communities. For more details read the RWJF press release.

The Foundation is sunsetting ten programs within its Human Capital portfolio including this program. The last Clinical Scholars cohort for this current program will be the 2015-17 cohort. There will be four new leadership programs and the design of those program is underway. For more details please click the following link:

Learn how the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is dedicated to building a Culture of Health in Risa Lavizzo-Mourey's 2014 annual message:

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