NAM Scholar-in-Residence

National Academy of Medicine Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM)’s Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence (DNSIR) program provides a year-long residential health policy opportunity located in Washington, DC. This immersion experience supports the engagement of nurse leaders in a prominent role in health policy at the national level and facilitates their interaction with other health fellows and scholars. The American Academy of Nursing (Academy), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), in partnership with NAM, support this program. The program seeks individuals who have the capacity and skills to generate policy for issues of special interest and the ability to promote greater public understanding. Applicants with demonstrated success in promoting health equity are strongly encouraged to apply.

The 2024-2025 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence application cycle is open from November 17, 2023 through 4:00 PM ET on Friday, January 12, 2024.

Applications are due on January 12, 2024 by 4:00 PM ET. Selected candidates will be invited for a virtual interview in late January-early February 2024. The final selection will be announced in March 2024. The start of the one-year program will begin September 1, 2024 and run through August 31, 2025.

A review committee comprised of representatives from NAM and the three funding organizations (Academy, ANA, and the Foundation) will review all applications. Top candidates will be invited for a virtual interview. Decisions will be based on application criteria, the candidate’s proposal, references, and the virtual interview.

Questions can be directed to Christine Murphy, Chief Policy Officer, at or Justin Cowling, Senior Policy and Inclusivity Coordinator, at


  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and member of the American Nurses Association.
  • Alignment of scholarly or professional achievements with the health policy priorities of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and sponsoring organizations.
  • Notable record of professional achievements (over at least 10 years) that apply to the Scholar’s proposed project area.
  • Significant potential for future contributions to health policy at any level of government.
  • Demonstrated commitment to interprofessional collaboration, equity, diversity, and inclusivity. 


Applications for 2024-2025 NAM Nurse Scholar-in-Residence must be submitted electronically to the American Academy of Nursing. To complete and submit an online application, the applicant must submit the following information:

  1. A cover letter not to exceed two pages which should include the following:
    • Information that complements the CV about the applicant’s interdisciplinary experiences, policy interests, and ability to support and enhance the body of work at NASEM/NAM.
    • A statement of full-time commitment to the program and relocation to Washington, DC if selected.
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Résumé not to exceed ten pages.
  3. A detailed proposal (3-5 pages) for a policy project to be completed during the residency. This project should extend past or current work of the NASEM or NAM with particular attention to contextualization of issues facing the nursing profession. This proposal should include: 
  4. Letters of recommendation from two individuals who can comment on the applicant's previous achievements, interdisciplinary and policy experiences, and potential for future contributions to improving health equity.
  5. Letter from the applicant’s home institution stating that if their candidate is selected for the DNSIR program, their time will be released to fully-participate in the program.



View PDF version of the Call for Applications here. Applications must be submitted online.

Questions can be directed to Christine Murphy, Chief Policy Officer, at or Justin Cowling, Senior Policy and Inclusivity Coordinator, at


  • Participation in NASEM and/or NAM activities and work.
  • Support of NASEM and/or NAM activities based on current and previous career experience, personal research endeavors, and evidence from the literature or other such grey literature.
  • Completion of a project, in collaboration with a NASEM/NAM consensus study, collaborative, report, or other advisory activity, to which the DNSIR has advanced the unique lens of nursing. This project would offer actionable policy recommendations that could be advanced to support health equity.
  • A minimum of one policy-oriented paper in a chosen area of study to be submitted for referring publication within six months of completion of the program (i.e., as part of a NAM report or as an article in the Academy’s Nursing Outlook or ANA’s American Nurse Today journals).
  • Quarterly meetings (one in-person, three virtual) with funding organizations as well as bi-monthly status reports.
  • Maintain confidentiality of the work, as appropriate.
  • Final report provided to the Academy, ANA, and the Foundation Boards of activities and accomplishments within 60 days of completion of the program.


  • A stipend of $95,000 that is sent to the DNSIR’s home institution.
  • Up to $10,000 for related travel/relocation expenses provided directly to the DNSIR scholar.
  • Provision of an office at NAM with appropriate supports (e.g., computer, phone, access to a printer, access to software programs, and library resources).
  • A tailored health policy orientation coordinated by NAM.

Q&A Webinar

Learn more about the program in this Q&A Webinar with 2020-2021 Nurse Scholar Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP, FAAN.

Nurse Scholars through the Years:

  • 2023 - Margaret “Peggy” Chamberlain Wilmoth, PhD, MSS, RN, FAAN
  • 2022 - Cheryl Killion, PhD, MA, MS, RN, FAAN
  • 2021 - Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN
  • 2020 - Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP, FAAN
  • 2019 - Allison Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2018 - Lori Trego, PhD, CNM, FAAN
  • 2017 - Tener Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN
  • 2015 - Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2014 - Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2013 - Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2012 - Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN
  • 2010 - Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  • 2009 - Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2008 - Mary E. Evans, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • 2007 - Carolyn Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2006 - Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2005 - Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2004 - Veronica D. Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2003 - Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2002 - Bonnie M. Jennings, DNSc, RN, FAAN
  • 1998 - Nancy Reame, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1997 - Sandra Ferketich PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1996 - Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
  • 1995 - Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN