The UCONN School of Nursing was recently granted two (2) Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) scholarships for new doctoral students in the School of Nursing PhD Program. This is a very prestigious award. Students receiving this award must be full-time in the school of nursing; committed to completing their PhD studies in 3 years and not working full-time outside their studies. Scholarship recipients must be US citizens.


Awardees will receiving a graduate assistantship which will allow them to work with their major advisor on research related activities right from admission to the program (approximately 20 hours per week is required). This will include a monthly stipend ($26,020.19 [across 2 semesters] and tuition support approximately $15,000 [academic year]). Awardees will also receive additional funding of $25,000 which will cover summer stipends, fees, books, and other expenses (so a total of more than $65,000 in scholarship funding for each of the 3 years of study).  All RWJ Scholars must attend a Boot Camp in Princeton, N.J. August 3-4, 2016 with an opening reception the evening of August 2, 2016.  All costs associated with this event, including travel, will be covered by the RWJ national program office. This event is MANDATORY, so please make sure to hold these dates if you apply for this award.


We would like you to considering applying for this award. The application process will be submission by email of a one page essay (single-spaced) about how you would use this award to complete your doctoral studies and begin your research trajectory in 3 years. Please outline both personal and professional commitments you will make to the process. Essays are due to  Dr. Jacqueline McGrath, Associate Dean for Research by email on April 1st, 2016 ( We may ask you to interview with our research mentors the week of April 11th so we can finalize our decisions and we will make the selections by April 15th, 2016.


If you are still in the process of completing your graduate school application to the School of Nursing PhD Program; you must be accepted into the program by 4/1/2016 to be considered for this award. If you need to discuss your application status please contact Dr. McGrath.


If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me so we can further discuss.

We look forward to see you in the fall of 2016 and getting your applications for this prestigious RWJ scholarship by 4/1/2016.