National Clinician Scholars Program

Advancing health through scholarship and action

National Clinicians Scholars Program Issues RFA for New Sites
Applications Due August 25, 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.

Growing out of four decades of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Veterans Affairs Clinical Scholars Program, the NCSP is a unique two-year, site-based, interprofessional post-graduate training program for physicians and nurses. Formed by an independent group of community, health system, policy, and academic organizations, and in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the program provides mentored training in clinical, community, and health policy research, with a focus on supporting the development of change agents who will devote their careers to leading improvements in health and health care.

The inaugural sites of the NCSP, formerly Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program sites, are the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University.

The minimum requirements to become an NCSP site include:

  • An established institutional commitment to interprofessional collaboration.
  • A School of Medicine and a School of Nursing.
  • Affiliation with and proximity to a Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  • Links to clinical sites to support Clinician Scholars’ clinical engagement activities.
  • An established master’s-level program in a related area or a proposal for program development.
  • Explicit commitment from a cadre of qualified interprofessional faculty.
  • Explicit commitment from at least two experienced individuals—one physician, and one nurse, at a minimum—to serve as program directors.
  • Financial commitment of no less than five years.

For more information about eligibility requirements and to learn how to apply, please download the full RFA and budget template on this site as indicated below. For additional questions, please call (215) 746-3840 or email

Download the full RFA with application instructions here.
Download Table 1 Budget Template here.