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Download the 2016 Jonas Policy Scholar Application

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The American Academy of Nursing is pleased to continue an initiative generously supported by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare to support early-career scholars who will contribute to shaping nursing practice, education, and research policy.  The Jonas Policy Scholars Program is a two-year fellowship program in which up to six highly qualified doctoral and post-doctoral students in nursing will be selected annually to learn about the work of the American Academy of Nursing.  Jonas Policy Scholars will be matched with an expert panel and learn from leading experts in nursing about select health policy issues.  Expert panels represent the working groups of the Academy.  They review the current research and needs within their fields to make recommendations on projects or initiatives the Academy should undertake to transform health care policy and practice. 

The 2016 Jonas Policy Scholars Program will begin in October 2016.  The selected Scholars will meet at the Academy’s 2016 Policy Conference, October 20-22 in Washington, DC.  Scholars’ travel, hotel, and registration for the conference will be covered by the program.

Benefits and Responsibilities of the Jonas Policy Scholar:

  1. Attend both the 2016 and 2017 Academy policy conferences in Washington, DC.
  2. Participate in meetings of the assigned expert panel and the expert panel’s Policy Dialogue (if scheduled).
  3. Work closely with the expert panel co-chairs throughout the two-years, providing relevant support to the work of the expert panel (e.g., conduct literature reviews, research relevant policy issues).
  4. Participate in expert panel conference calls.
  5. Participate in co-authorship of expert panel manuscripts, as appropriate.
  6. Provide some administrative support to the expert panels (e.g., take meeting notes, assist in convening conference calls). 
  7. Expected time commitment is approximately 16-20 hours per month.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Applicant is a nurse and doctoral (PhD or DNP) student or post-doctoral fellow at time of submission and will at least be a student through the first year of the program, residing in the U.S. and willing to make a two-year commitment to the Jonas Policy Scholars program.
  2. Evidence of scholarship potential (e.g., history of presentations at professional meetings, multi authored publications, and receipt of honors, awards, or fellowships).
  3. Doctoral student applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
  4. Evidence of leadership potential (e.g., prior leadership experience in organizations such as the Student Nurses’ Association, experience leading initiatives as a student or in work settings, participation in policy-related initiatives).
  5. Applicant must be sponsored by a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
  6. Applicants should be lead author on at least one peer-reviewed publication. 
  7. Match between applicant’s interest area and at least one healthcare issue addressed through one of the following expert panels:

Application Process

Complete the following and submit online by May 13, 2016:

  1. The Jonas Policy Scholars Program application.
  2. Applicant’s curriculum vita.
  3. A one-page letter of support from a current Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing addressing applicant’s scholarship and leadership potential and commitment to the mission of the Academy (per selection criteria identified above).

Download the 2016 Jonas Policy Scholar Application

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