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Key Dates for Cohort 2020-2022 Application Cycle
Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the National Clinician Scholars program, applicants must be:

  • MDs or RNs with a doctoral degree (PhD or DNP)
  • Committed to a career in serving as change agents to improve health and health care
  • Highly regarded by those responsible for their clinical training
  • In completion of the clinical requirements allowing for independent clinical work by the date of entry into the program (except for surgeons)
  • Within 5 years of having completed clinical training at the time of application, if a physician, and within 5 years of having completed the doctoral degree, if a nurse (in other words, to be eligible to apply for the 2020-2022 NCSP cohort, applicants must have completed their clinical training or doctoral degree in the year 2014 or later) 
  • Eligible for or already have a medical license, if a physician
  • Citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories at the time of application
Desirable attributes of applicants include:
  • Demonstrated interest in improving health or the healthcare system
  • Exhibited leadership capabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new ideas and to implement them
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with others
  • Record of consistent accomplishment of project activities
  • Previous research experience, published or unpublished
  • Interest in, and/or experience with, community organizations

For all applicants, relevant research experience is a particular strength in the application evaluation process. 100% effort devoted to program activities is a program requirement.

This program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, and socioeconomic status. We also encourage applicants from diverse clinical backgrounds. The program strongly encourages applications from candidates who will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work, thereby improving our ability to help all Americans live healthier lives and get the care they need.


For more information about the fellowship, including additional application and interview guidelines, please visit our FAQs page.

NCSP Info Sessions

Want to translate research into action? Have questions about NCSP or the application process? Learn more by watching one of info sessions with NCSP program directors and Scholars! 

All of the info session for 2019 have taken place. You may view the most recent sessions, along with previous info sessions, on the national NCSP YouTube channel below!

6/14/2019 Info Session for All Applicants
5/31/19 Info Session for Nursing Applicants
5/24/18 Info Session for All Applicants
6/29/18 Info Session for All Applicants