The online application cycle is currently closed and will reopen on May 1, 2018. 

May 1, 2017 - Online application opens

August 1, 2017 - Application deadline

October 6, 2017 - Interviews completed

October 13, 2017 - Candidate's site preference and revised personal statement deadline

November 2017 - Candidates notified of acceptance into program

July 1, 2018 - Entry of Scholars into the program

To be eligible for the National Clinician Scholars Program, physicians and nurses must:

  • Be committed to a career in serving as change agents to improve health whether it is academic medicine, public health, health policy or another career congruent with the program's purposes and priorities of developing physician and nurse leaders and skilled researchers
  • Be highly regarded by those responsible for their clinical training
  • Complete the clinical requirements allowing for independent clinical work by the date of entry into the program (except for surgeons)
  • Be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories at the time of application

MDs, RNs with a doctoral degree, and DNPs (Doctor of Nursing Practice) are eligible to apply. The clinical training for physicians and the doctoral degree for nurses should have been completed within the past 5 years prior to the application process. For all applicants, relevant research experience is a particular strength in the application evaluation process. 100% effort devoted to program activities is a requirement. The National Clinician Scholars Program directors and a designated national program committee make all acceptance decisions.

This program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, and disadvantaged socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work. We believe that the more we include diverse perspectives and experiences in our work, the better able we are to help all Americans live healthier lives and get the care they need. We encourage applications from diverse clinical backgrounds.

Desirable attributes of applicants include:

  • Demonstrated interest in improving health or the health care system
  • Exhibited leadership capabilities, including setting high personal goals and motivating others
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement new ideas
  • 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

Nurses and physicians who meet the eligibility requirements may apply online through the national program application website.

Please contact the national program with questions. You may also contact the Yale NCSP site directly for site-specific questions. Program sites will notify applicants who are selected for an interview. Applicants are encouraged to consider more than one site in their application because of the limited positions available. After interviews are completed, applicants will rank the universities to which they applied and will have the opportunity to submit a revised personal statement. Program Directors and the designated national program committee review all applicants and feedback from interviews and make final admission decisions. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by mid-November. Appointments begin July 1.