Institute of Medicine Nurse Scholar in Residence Program

Many federal and state initiatives are underway to address the shortage of nurses and nurse educators in the country. The problem is believed by many in the health care sector to be partly caused by the absence of professional nurses in the policy-making bodies in the different levels of the government. The initiative to address nursing shortage and the inclusion of professional nurses in health care policy-making bodies are steps in the right direction.

To address the inherent problem in the health care field, the Institute of Medicine Nurse Scholar in Residence Program provides a year-long leadership opportunity in health policy at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Academies, the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation. The program is designed to be an immersion experience that will facilitate nurse-leaders to play more important roles in the health policy development at the national level.

The scholarship program provides an annual stipend of $50,000 to qualified nurse scholars and nurse policy experts. To qualify for the program, the applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Membership in the Academy is required; membership in the Institute of Medicine is preferred.
  • Congruence of health policy interests with the priorities set forth by the IOM and the Academy.
  • Personal potential for future contributions to health policy.
  • Commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Exceptional professional achievements that are applicable to the Scholar’s proposed project area.
  • Understanding of the importance of networking within the health policy community, identifying opportunities for nurse-leader engagement, and communication of those interactions and opportunities to sponsors.
  • Each scholar will be provided an office at IOM with all the appropriate supports that will include computer, phone, printer, and access to software programs and library resources. An intensive two-month orientation on federal health policy formation shall be coordinated by the IOM.

Information about the scholarship program and application form may be obtained at: or from the programs office at: 888 17th Street NW, Suite 800 – Washington, D.C. 20006, telephone number 202-777-1176 or fax 202-777-0107.

Amount: $50,000
Deadline: 30-Jun
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