Research Funding

Clinical Scholars 2020 Call for Applications

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Link to RFA

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. We are facing many obstacles that pose challenges to this audacious vision—inequities in life expectancy across communities; high-cost health care but poorer quality of care and health; and more.

That’s why RWJF supports a number of leadership programs that aim to develop a generation of leaders who see that we need new approaches to these pressing problems. These programs support and connect leaders who are caring, curious, collaborative, and committed to taking risks and moving boldly toward real pathways to change—and to achieving greater equity in communities across our country.

Join us for an informational applicant webinar on January 28, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET.


Clinical Scholars is a three-year, team-based program for a wide variety of health professionals in community, clinical, or academic settings. By the end of the program, fellows will have gained the skills they need to appraise, synthesize, use the best evidence to guide practice and inform policy in addressing complex health problems in their teams, organizations, and communities.

We are seeking up to 35 individuals (in teams of three to five) with the potential to become national change leaders in their focus areas and a demonstrated long-term commitment to fostering and achieving health equity.

Total Awards

  • Number of fellows in the 2020 cohort: up to 35 (in teams of three to five)
  • Grant funds: Grant funding is awarded based on team size—ranging from up to $315,000 for a three-person team to a maximum of $525,000 for a five-person team—to support the ongoing participation of all team members for all three years, including salary support for leadership development and project time, project funding, and project travel. This “up to” amount does not include an optional administrative fee, which the applicant organization may include to support the administrative costs of managing the award. All travel expenses to participate in the program’s on-site trainings are provided to fellows at no cost. Please note: The size of the team may not increase during the grant term.

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