Academy Jonas Policy Scholar Application

2018 Academy Jonas Policy Scholar Application

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The American Academy of Nursing is pleased to announce an ongoing initiative, generously supported by the Jonas Philanthropies to support early-career scholars who will contribute to shaping nursing practice, education, and research policy. The Academy 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 policy work of the American Academy of Nursing while they advance their own career goals in areas emphasized by the Academy. The Academy Jonas Policy Scholars will be matched with a mentor implementing one of the five board designated Academy priorities through an Academy initiative or a mentor actively participating on an expert panel to 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 2018-2020 Academy Jonas Policy Scholars will begin in October 2018.  The selected Scholars will meet at the Academy’s 2018 (November 1-3) and 2019 (October 24-26) Policy Conferences in Washington, DC.  Scholars’ travel, hotel, and registration for the conferences will be covered by the program.

Benefits and Responsibilities of the Jonas Policy Scholar:

  1. Attend both the 2018 and 2019 policy conferences of the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute for Nursing Leadership Workshop and Luncheon in Washington, DC.
  2. Participate in meetings of the assigned Academy initiative or expert panel and the relevant Policy Dialogue (if scheduled).
  3. Work closely with the initiative’s or expert panel’s co-chairs and mentors throughout the two-years, providing relevant support to the work of the initiative or expert panel (e.g., conduct literature reviews, research relevant policy issues).
  4. Participate in initiative’s or expert panel’s conference calls.
  5. Participate in research of initiative’s or expert panel’s policy briefs.
  6. Provide some administrative support to the initiative or 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, residing in the U.S. and willing to make a two-year commitment to the Academy 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 National Student Nurses’ Association, experience leading initiatives as a student or in work settings, participation in policy-related initiatives).
  5. 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 as part of the following Academy initiatives

  • Environmental Health/Climate Change
  • Opioid Addiction/Treatment
  • Toxic Stress in Children
  • Violence/Gun Violence
  • Women’s Health/Reproductive Rights
  • One of the following Expert Panels: Environmental & Public Health; Maternal & Infant Health; Military & Veterans Health; Psychiatric, Mental Health & Substance Abuse; Violence; and Women’s Health (For more information on these expert panels, visit the American Academy of Nursing’s website at

Application Process

Complete the following and submit online by May 11, 2018:

  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).
  4. Submit this application, curriculumn vita, and sponsor letter by May 11, 2018 online at: 2018 Academy Jonas Policy Scholar Link

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