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PhD in Nursing Funding Opportunities



Most full-time Johns Hopkins Nursing PhD students are 100% funded with a stipend for the first three years of study. Additional financial support is made available in following years. For full eligibility of scholarship opportunities, apply by December 1.

Qualified students interested in the PhD program may be eligible to receive tuition and stipend support through the School of Nursing. The following types of funding are available:

Graduate assistantships provide an opportunity for acquiring valuable research and/or teaching experience for qualifying students. Selection is competition-based with priorities given to those who have a good academic standing in the doctoral program. PhD students hired as graduate assistants receive a full-tuition waiver (base tuition payment for up to 6 credits for those in their 3rd year of doctoral study or after) and a stipend of $22,920 for the academic year 2015-2016. The full-tuition benefit is based on the number of hours worked at 20 hours per week. It is highly encouraged that the responsibilities of the graduate assistant position be consistent with the academic goals of the student.

  1. Full-time PhD students are expected to prepare and submit an application for external funding at the conclusion of the 1st academic year. Policies and guidelines
  2. Graduate assistantships are prepared to help ease financial strain which may be experienced by students during the application process and hence should not replace the effort to apply for external funding.
  3. Current students wishing to apply for a graduate assistant position can submit an application to the Doctoral Program Administrator, Kristen Hasch at [email protected].

Award: $22,920 for 12 months, plus tuition
Graduate assistantships are made possible by generous support from donors and SON general funds, including:

Established by A.T. Blades in loving memory of his wife Mary H. Blades who was a nurse.

Established by Mrs. Caylor, a 1947 graduate of the School of Nursing, to support graduate students.

Established in honor of Ellen Levi Zamoiski who was instrumental in forming the Consortium of Nursing Education, Inc. Zamoiski fellowships support future leaders of nursing.

Given to current doctoral students with an excellent academic standing in the program and those who have excellent research and/or teaching skills.

The following fellowships are part of the School’s strategic efforts to enhance the educational experience for all students.

Established by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Professor Maryann F. Fralic, DrPH, RN, FAAN to provide financial support for students in the PhD nursing program. The Professional Development Award is designed to support selected full-time doctoral students in honing their professional skills. These students will receive financial support to invest in themselves through professional development opportunities that best fit their needs and personal interests.

Award: $2,500

Additional Information for Professional Development Award

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Fellowship in Clinical Research provides a qualifying PhD student with the opportunity for direct practice in a rich and diverse clinical practice environment.

Applicants for this Fellowship will be students who:

  • Have a dissertation interest related to hospital-based practice or care problems
  • Are interested in designing and submitting funding to Dorothy Evans Lyne or another funding source to study nurse-initiated protocols of care and impact on patients
  • Are knowledgeable about evidence-based practice as the foundation for clinical research in a practice setting, and facile in research appraisal
  • Have experience or an interest in measuring clinical outcomes and data management to interpret and make inferences about its meaning for improving practice or care
  • Have the expertise to educate staff about research methods, analysis and interpretation, developing databases, data management, and data mining

Award: $22,032, plus tuition

Established by The Jonas Foundation, funds are made available to students who are committed to teach future generations of nurses.

Award: $5,000 per year matched with $5,000 from the School for two years
Learn more about the Jonas Scholars Program

As a research intensive university, Johns Hopkins is committed to having faculty and students engage in discovery of knowledge, inventing new technologies, and applying knowledge in the community and abroad. The School of Nursing offers a variety of post-doctoral opportunities to students eager to engage in this process. Opportunities include:

  • Blaustein Fellowship in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Research
  • Fellowship in Aging
  • Fellowship in Global Health and Gender-Based Violence
  • Interdisciplinary Research Training on Violence in the Family
  • Interdisciplinary Training Program in Biobehavioral Pain Research

Learn More

The American Academy of Nursing seeks applicants for its Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Predoctoral Scholarship Program. This 2-year scholarship program supports full time doctoral education for nurses committed to careers in academic geriatric nursing. Through generous funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the BAGNC Program awards a total of $100,000 ($50,000 per annum) to each selected Predoctoral Scholar candidate. The Mayday Fund provides an additional $5,000 award to selected candidates whose research focuses on pain in older persons.

Award: $50,000/year for 2 years (additional $5,000 for research focusing on pain)
Deadline: January

Funding is used to provide loans to students enrolled in advanced education nursing programs that prepare graduates to serve as faculty in a school of nursing. Loans can be provided to students in the MSN, DNP and PhD programs who pursue the Nurse Educator certificate option. All Nurse Educator courses must be completed prior to the completion of the student’s degree program.

Apply to the Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Oncology Nursing Society offers several one time, unrestricted awards. Additional small research grants that can be used for nursing research conduct (not stipends).

Award: $3,000-$5,000 doctoral scholarships; $10,000 small research grants (one-time awards)
Deadline: February 1 for doctoral scholarships; November 1 for small research grants (letter of intent due October 1)

Apply for Oncology Nursing Society Awards

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) offers several small research grants which are open to doctoral students who are members. Grants are usually smaller and can be used to cover costs related to dissertation research. There are several different types with different focuses. Local STTI chapters often provide their own small research grants as well. The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is home to the STTI Nu Beta chapter.

Award: Approximately $5,000 small research grant awards
Deadline: Varies depending on award (see website)

Apply for STTI awards

The Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) offers two dissertation awards to support doctoral students in the Southern region (includes Maryland) enrolled in research-focused programs as they initiate a program of nursing research to advance nursing science and practice.

Award: Up to $3,000 one time dissertation award
Deadlines: March and September (dates can vary)

Apply for Southern Nursing Research Society Award

Funding for the Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant is provided by the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) through the Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) to address the issues of recruiting and retaining nurses in Maryland hospitals.

Award: $13,000 per academic year ($6,500 per fall and spring semesters) up to $26,000
Deadline: August 1 for fall entry

Apply for State of Maryland Graduate Faculty Scholarships

The Department of Defense provides research awards through the TriService Nursing Research Program to nurses in the armed services, including a predoctoral award. Active duty and Reserve students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing are eligible. Dissertation topics must focus on one of the TriService priority areas:

  • military deployment health
  • generating and translating research into practice in a military context
  • recruitment and retention of the military workforce
  • developing and sustaining military nursing competencies

The topic of “military deployment health” is broad and includes the management of diseases such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension as well as issues in mental health. Award recipients must attend TriService Grant Camp for guidance on applying for and managing this award prior to being selected for the award.

Award: Up to $30,000 in direct costs
Deadline: January 4

Apply for the TriService Nursing Research Program

We recognize that it can be financially burdensome to relocate to a new city to attend a PhD program. Students who are admitted to PhD programs at JHU can apply to receive a $1500 need-based grant to offset the costs of relocating to JHU.

These grants provide funding to a portion of incoming students who, without this money, may otherwise not be able to afford to relocate to JHU for their PhD program.

This is not a merit-based grant. Applications will be evaluated solely based on financial need.

One of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers, and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. Scholarships are not nursing-specific.

Award: $20,000 dissertation fellowships (final year of dissertation work); $30,000 post-doctoral research leave fellowships; $6,000 short-term research publication grants
Deadline: Mid-November

Apply for the American Association of University Women’s award

Grants are to help support doctoral dissertation expense of students in the United States or Canada. Proposals must have clear relevance to major social problems affecting families or individuals, including education and literacy issues, or to interventions designed to assist individuals, couples, or families in their functioning and well-being.

Award: Up to $15,000 dissertation awards
Deadline: May 1 and November 1

Apply for the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation

Award: From $5,000 to $10,000
Deadline: January 15

Apply for Graduate Women in Science award

Ten or more fellowships are awarded to fund final-year dissertation projects in the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of these issues. Students become eligible at the writing stage of their dissertation.

Award: $15,000 one-time dissertation award
Deadline: February 1

Apply for Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship

Established in the memory of Melissa Aptman, a Miami native who was murdered in May 1995, The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment is a non-profit educational, training and consultative organization that awards scholarships to graduate students from any discipline who address issues of violence prevention and/or treatment. The award must be used to support expenses that are directly related to the dissertation research. It may not be used for tuition, books, fees, personal travel, or personal expenses.

Award: $2,000 one-time award
Deadline: April 1

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