National Clinician Scholars Program

Advancing health through scholarship and action

Our Application Process

Key Dates for Cohort 2019-2021 Application Cycle

Application Timeline

May 1, 2018
Online application opens

August 1, 2018 (5 PM EST)
Deadline for receipt of applications

September 3, 2018 - October 5, 2018
Invited applicants are interviewed

October 9, 2018 (5 PM EST)
Invited applicants submit site preferences

November 2017
Notification of acceptance

July 1, 2019
Entry of accepted applicants into the program at participating universities

Total Awards

Up to 30 Clinician Scholars will be selected. Participating institutions and their partners fund positions. The first year scholar stipend is comparable to other postdoctoral fellowships and includes an increase in the second year. Financial support is available at each university for expenses associated with scholars' tuition, research, and travel.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible for the National Clinician Scholars program, physicians and nurses must:

  • be committed to a career in serving as change agents to improve health whether it is academic medicine, public health, health policy or another career congruent with the program's purposes and priorities of developing physician and nurse leaders and skilled researchers;
  • be highly regarded by those responsible for their clinical training;
  • complete the clinical requirements allowing for independent clinical work by the date of entry into the program (except for surgeons); and
  • be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories at the time of application.

MDs and RNs with a doctoral degree (PhD or DNP) are eligible to apply. The clinical training for physicians and the doctoral degree for nurses should have been completed within the past 5 years prior to the application process. Physician applicants must have or be eligible for medical licenses. For all applicants, relevant research experience is a particular strength in the application evaluation process. 100% effort devoted to program activities is a program requirement. The National Clinician Scholars Program Directors and a designated national program committee will make all acceptance decisions.

This program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, age and disadvantaged socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work. We believe that the more we include diverse perspectives and experiences in our work, the better able we are to help all Americans live healthier lives and get the care they need. We encourage applications from diverse clinical backgrounds.

Desirable attributes of applicants include:

  • demonstrated interest in improving health or the health care system;
  • exhibited leadership capabilities, including setting high personal goals and motivating others;
  • demonstrated ability to develop new ideas and to implement them;
  • ability to interact and communicate effectively with others;
  • record of consistent accomplishment of project activities;
  • previous research experience, published or unpublished; and
  • interest in, and/or experience with, community organizations.

Application Process

Nurses and physicians who meet the eligibility requirements may apply online through the national program application website: Online Application

If there are any questions, please contact us at You may also call site program administrators for site-specific questions ( All applicants will be kept informed about their application status via email.

We strongly encourage applicants to consider more than one site in their application because of the limited positions available. After interviews are completed, applicants will rank the universities to which they applied and will have the opportunity to submit a revised personal statement. Program Directors and the designated national program committee review all applicants and feedback from interviews and make final admission decisions. The Program does not provide individual critiques of applications submitted.

Program Brochure