National Clinician Scholars Program

Advancing health through scholarship and action


Apply to the Program

April 17, 2017


The NCSP application for Cohort 2018-2020 will open on May 1, 2017! Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. For more details, please refer to the “Apply” section of this website.

“Ask the Program Directors” Q&A Teleconferences for Applicants

April 17, 2017

The NCSP looks forward to taking your questions about the program and application process during two upcoming teleconferences being held on May 25, 2017, and June 29, 2017. The calls are open to all applicants, and questions can be submitted in advance to

Call Details:
Thursday, May 25, 2017
2 pm – 3 pm EST/11 am – 12 pm PST

Thursday, June 29, 2017
2 pm – 3 pm EST/11 am – 12 pm PST

Call-in number: (888) 240-4148; access code: 668142

Submit questions in advance to

Inviting New Sites into the National Clinician Scholars Program

April 17, 2017

The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) invites qualified institutions to submit an application to join NCSP as a new site. Applications are due on August 25, 2017. For more details, please refer to the “New Academic Sites” section of this website.

Meet the Scholars

February 28, 2017

Scholar Index Page

To learn more about the inaugural NCSP 2016-18 Cohort and the incoming 2017-19 Cohort, please visit this page.

New National Program Board

June 10, 2016

Dr. Linda Sarna

We enthusiastically announce the appointment of members of the National Program Board (NPB). The Board is charged with providing oversight for the NCSP and helps to ensure that all NCSP sites recruit elite clinicians and provide high quality training consistent with the principles and goals of the program. NPB members also provide mentorship to the Scholars and guidance over program plans such as expansion of the program to additional sites.

Linda Sarna, interim dean at the UCLA School of Nursing, has been elected as the first National Board Chair for the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP). One of the original founders of NCSP, Sarna was elected unanimously and will serve a three-year term. Click here for a full list of members.

Scholar News

Tiffany Montgomery

Congratulations to 2016-2018 Penn/VA Scholar Tiffany M. Montgomery, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, who was recently named a recipient of the National Black Nurses Association’s (NBNA) inaugural “Under 40 Award”!

NCSP/VA Collaboration

December 15, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) and the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) have partnered to offer training for clinicians to become change agents and health system leaders through a collaborative enrichment program offered competitively to nursing and physician fellows. The enrichment will involve a standardized curriculum, health system and research projects, career mentoring, policy work, and clinical and patient care activities, all in the context of interprofessional engagement. The collaboration between OAA and NCSP will enrich the awardees' experience by providing the opportunity for VA-funded Scholars to:

  1. Practice clinically at local VA medical centers and clinics
  2. Engage local and national VA faculty and administration officials in support of program objectives
  3. Receive advice regarding VA priorities and career opportunities within the VA

Read more about the NCSP/VA collaboration here.

Frequently Asked Questions

February 12, 2015

Is this the same program as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program?

No. Although the RWJF provided generous support to the Clinical Scholars Program for more than 40 years, the Foundation announced a reorganization of its Human Capital Portfolio in 2013, ending support for their training programs in their current form. The Foundation is in the process of creating new training opportunities, which will be substantively different from the current Clinical Scholars Program, which is based at four university sites and is enrolling its final class in July of 2015. The National Clinician Scholars Program offers interprofessional training, as post-doctoral nurses training as Scholars alongside the physicians. Continue Reading.

Interdisciplinary Education for an Inter-professional Cohort

February 11, 2015

Clinician Patient

Scholars join us from a wide variety of clinical specialties to offer a rich learning environment of different perspectives. Nurse and physician Scholars training together offers an opportunity to create team-based approaches to address communities' most pressing health and health care needs. While inter-professional training is increasingly given lip-service in clinical settings, this program offers a unique opportunity for the Scholars to learn and innovate together, and with community partners, in the research context with deep and sustained intellectual engagement across professional boundaries.

New Consortium To Continue Clinical Scholars Program

February 2015

NCSP Leadership

One 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, Michigan and Yale, those schools have formed their own consortium to continue "a critically needed training program."

Leaders from the four currently funded universities, national program office, and national advisory committee, as well as the Veterans Health Administration, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute (PCORI) and Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and RWJF gathered at Penn's Houston Hall last week to hammer out the logistical details of the new organization which is expected to begin recruiting new clinical scholar candidates almost immediately to enter in July, 2016. Continue Reading.

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