Nurse Scholar Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins Nurse Scholar Fellowship, previously known as the Research Scholars Cohort, is a year-long program aimed at building nursing expertise in inquiry work. The program provides nurses with the foundation needed to participate in evidence-based practice (EBP), quality improvement (QI), and research work.  In addition to classroom content and hands-on training, fellows will have the opportunity to interact with nurse leaders and inquiry experts. The Nurse Scholar Fellowship is an opportunity to be part of a diverse group of nurses dedicated to furthering the science of nursing.


Fellows are required to attend monthly lectures. In the classroom, fellows will learn about the three forms of nursing inquiry - EBP, QI, and research - from inquiry experts. Classroom dates are scheduled for the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Classes will begin on June 15, 2022 and then on July 20th, August 17th, September 21st, October 19th, November 16th, December 21st, January 18th, February 15th, March 15th, April 19th, and May 17th. Outside the classroom, fellows will work together on the creation, conduction, implementation, and dissemination of a scholarly project. While classroom dates are scheduled for 12 months, the scholarly project may last up to 18 months.


We want you to succeed as a fellow. That’s why every fellow is assigned a mentor. The role of the mentor is to help guide you through the inquiry process, serve as a resource for your questions and concerns, and help you achieve your professional goals. Mentor assignments are coordinated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Nursing Inquiry.

Being part of the [Nurse Scholar Fellowship] gave me both the knowledge and the practical experience to become a resource in my department for all things research. In 18 short months, we completed intensive training, presented at a regional conference, and published in a nursing journal! It was also a wonderful opportunity to work with nurses throughout the hospital that I otherwise would have never met.

- Arron Berry, B.S.N., R.N., C.F.R.N.2019 Fellow


Each spring, up to 12 nurses are selected to participate in the Nurse Scholar Fellowship. Eligible applicants include:

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital nurses who report to the Department of Nursing (RN I, RN II, RN III, and Lead Clinical Nurse)
  • No active discipline
  • Employed at least 0.9 FTE 
  • B.S.N. or higher in nursing
  • A minimum of 1 year clinical experience


The application deadline for the 2022 Nurse Scholar Fellowship is March 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM. The application includes:

  • Competitive resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose demonstrating interest in nursing inquiry
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Approval from current nurse manager

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis. Fellows will be announced in early April.

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