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Key Dates for Cohort 2024-2026 Application Cycle
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Eligibility Requirements

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

  • MDs, DOs, 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; due to the structure of the "research years" in the middle of many surgical residencies, surgical residents who will be PGY-3 or higher are eligible to enroll in the program)
  • In completion of the doctorate by the date of entry into the program, if a nurse
  • 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 2024-2026 NCSP cohort, applicants must have completed their clinical training or doctoral degree in the year 2018 or later) 
  • Eligible for or already have a medical or medicine 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  • Previous research experience, published or unpublished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

Prior relevant research experience is preferred but not required. 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.

Hear from Our Scholars

Hear more about the fellowship in the video below. You can hear from more of our Scholars and see a longer version of the video here.

NCSP Info Sessions

Want to translate research into action? Have questions about NCSP or the application process? Below you can view the videos for the 2022 information sessions with current program directors and fellows!

View Our 2022 Info Sessions

You may view our 2022 Info Sessions on the national NCSP YouTube channel below!

5/13/2022 Info Session for All Applicants
5/19/2022 Info Session for URM Applicants
6/3/2022 Info Session for Nursing Applicants
6/16/2022 Info Session for All Applicants
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