RWJF Grant to Support Two PhD Students

Julie Fairman

Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, Future of Nursing Scholars co-director, speaking at UC's annual Cecil Striker Lecture in 2016

The college is one of 31 schools to receive support as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program.


By: Bill Bangert

UC College of Nursing has received a grant to support two nurses pursuing their PhDs as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Future of Nursing Scholars (FNS) program. The College of Nursing is one of 31 schools across the nation to receive the grant which provides financial support, mentoring and leadership development to nurses who commit to earn their PhDs in three years.

"It is a tremendous honor to be a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation family by participating in the Future of Nursing Scholars program,” says Donna Shambley-Ebron, PhD, associate professor and PhD program director in the College of Nursing.

"Now in our fifth year of funding, our students have benefited greatly from the mentorships of nationally recognized leaders in nursing. The FNS program has also facilitated the progression of our students through the PhD program in a timely manner, adding to the numbers of PhD prepared nurses who are ready to contribute to the development of nursing science.”

The College of Nursing will select two scholars in March and those students will begin the Future of Nursing Scholars program in summer 2018 and their PhD studies in the fall. Cincinnati Children’s will co-sponsor one of the scholars.

"Our fifth cohort of scholars will join an impressive group of nurse researchers who are already making significant contributions to the field,” says Julie Fairman, PhD, RN,  Future of Nursing Scholars program co-director and the Nightingale Professor of Nursing and the chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. "This program is designed to empower nurse leaders to progress efficiently. The selected scholars will complete their PhDs in an expedited three year time frame.”  

In its landmark 2010 nursing report, the Institute of Medicine recommended that the country double the number of nurses with doctorates to prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health, promote nurse-led science and discovery and put more educators in place to prepare the next generation of nurses. The FNS program is intended to help address that recommendation.

The 58 nurses supported in this round will join 155 scholars across the four previous national cohorts. This cohort will be the fifth and final one of the program which is funded by RWJF, Johnson & Johnson, Cincinnati Children’s, Sharp HealthCare and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.