Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will the Clinical Scholars need an academic affiliation?

    There is no expectation that applicants practice in a setting associated with a university. Applicants must be health care providers and can practice in community, clinical, academic, tribal settings, or a combination of those settings.

  • When does the designation for clinical training begin? 

    Practitioners fully licensed to practice in September 2014 or earlier are eligible to apply to Clinical Scholar in the 2019-2021 program. The designation for what counts towards clinical training depends on the discipline. Generally, the designation begins upon completion of licensure that allows the individual to practice without supervision. For physicians, the designation begins post-residency. For social workers, the designation begins upon completion of provisional licensure and satisfaction of the state’s supervised practice requirements.

  • Is there an age limit or maximum number of years experience?

    For the Clinical Scholars Program, there is neither a maximum age limit nor a maximum number of years of clinical experience. Each team member must possess at least five years of clinical experience and be currently clinically active or supervising clinical providers or trainees.

  • Can non-clinicians (for example a community health worker, lawyer, or law enforcement officer) be a member of the Clinical Scholars Program?

    Non-clinicians including other professionals and community members can contribute to a Clinical Scholars project. Funds available to the grantee under this program can be shared across clinician and non-clinician project participants. However, non-clinicians are not eligible to be included as team members on the application or participate in the Clinical Scholars leadership training.

  • Each team may receive up to $525k in grant funding. What can the grant funds be used toward?

    The amount of funds per project will depend on the number of practitioners on each team but can be distributed in a variety of ways by the grantee. Appropriate line items include personnel, non-personnel (supplies, travel, training, equipment), subcontracts, and indirect costs. RWJF encourages organizations to waive indirect costs. Organizations that include indirect costs must limit indirect costs to 12 percent of the budget. Travel costs associated with the mandatory Clinical Scholars trainings are covered by the program; do not include them in your project budget.

  • What is the time commitment?

    If you are selected, each team member can expect to:

    • Spend 2-3 hours per week participating in distance learning via live webinars.
    • Attend onsite sessions that total approximately 14 days per year.
    • Contribute time spent on project activities (which you will propose in your application).
    • View the range of distance learning components available to Clinical Scholars in between onsite sessions, including access to a 24/7 library of leadership modules, and required dates of participation.
  • Are alumni of the previous Clinical Scholars Program eligible to apply to this program?

    Yes, alumni and current scholars of the previously funded RWJF Clinical Scholars Program (1972–2016) are eligible to apply to this program. This Clinical Scholars Program differs from the prior Clinical Scholars Program (now National Clinician Scholars Program) in that it is not a research training program. Instead, it’s a leadership training program. We expect applicants to have some facility with qualitative and quantitative skills as well as with data collection, interpretation, and dissemination. We will provide those skills as needed for the teams that are selected for the program.

  • What is a “Wicked Problem”?

    A “wicked problem” is one that requires solutions that embrace a scientific-rational approach while also recognizing the very real contributions of politics, behavior, environment, and other complex factors. View current fellow projects for examples.