Research scholarship

Scholars are awarded funding to support research projects which have a direct impact on healthcare and benefit patient care.

Without the scholarship I would not have been able to fund the course and complete the dissertation project, which would have meant the work I was doing would not have been shared and therefore national policy would not have been influenced.

Angela Star

NHS England

Research scholarship overview

Scholars on the research scholarship programme will work with a Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor of Nursing/Midwifery on an agreed research project and to help them develop their own clinical academic career.

Specialist research scholarships include:

Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists Scholarships

for nurses working in the UK within respiratory services.

Menat Trust Scholarships

for nurses working in the area of care for children and families with cardiac anomalies.

Charlie Waller Scholarships

for research into adolescents and young adults with depression and/or other mental health issues. The criteria to apply for one of these scholarships would include: 1. Focus on mild to moderate depression in young people (in school, universities, work place, etc.) 2. Topics might include keeping mentally well, providing coping strategies/early interventions, the role of a nurse as a therapist, working as part of a wider team and is for nurses who come into front line contact with young people (school nurses and practice nurses).

Benefits for you

Be part of a 'life-changing' experience

Scholars report the “life changing” scholarship experience and its professional and personal impact. Scholars report feeling more confident to speak out and influence improvements in patient care and health outcomes.


  • Career development

    A significant number of scholars are promoted into more senior roles within 2 years of the scholarship.
  • Impact policy and practice

    Scholars report the positive impact their evidence-based research has had on improving patient care and health outcomes.
  • Support from the Foundation

    The Foundation are on-hand to support you throughout the scholarship process. You will also have an experienced mentor and have access to your fellow scholars for support.
  • Network with like-minded nurses and midwives

    Scholars are now part of a growing Alumni network (over 600) providing on-going support and in some cases, friends for life.
  • New knowledge through evidence-based approaches

    Like Florence, scholars will work on evidence-based approaches and use and share their new knowledge to impact patients and lead changes in policy and practice.

Benefits for employer

  • Improvement in patient and health outcomes
  • Retention of staff – scholars stay in healthcare
  • Positive impact on the team and beneficial for staff engagement
  • Enabler of succession planning
  • Recognition of employers commitment to leadership development and succession planning


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Research Scholarship

The scholarship is a 12 month programme which includes:
  • Welcome day
  • Working relationship with an appointed Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor of Nursing/Midwifery
  • High profile award ceremony at end of scholarship year

Eligibility criteria

The programme is for nurses and midwives in the UK (registered with NMC) who are looking for leadership development and are interested in pursuing clinical research.

Application process

  1. Apply online
  2. Successful applications are selected for a panel based interview

Information for applying online:

Upon application, you are required to upload the following information:

  • Personal, employment and education information
  • A copy of your NMC registration documentation
  • Details of your employer
  • Completed terms and conditions

Please note before application.

  • Applications that do not demonstrate commitment to the profession, improving patient and health outcomes, commitment to the Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni will not be considered
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without executive level support will not be accepted.


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