Funding your Ph.D.

Funding opportunities

All admitted Ph.D. students are offered two years of funding. Applicants to the Ph.D. program for Fall 2018 also have the opportunity to apply for two unique funding opportunities, both limited to U.S. citizens. Applicants selected for these funding opportunities will receive a third year of funding if offered admission to the Ph.D. program for Fall 2018.

You are not required to apply for these funding opportunities. You may simply apply for admission.

Deadlines

All materials must be submitted with the Rackham Graduate School application by the School of Nursing Ph.D. application deadline of November 1, 2017. Applicants can upload the supporting materials for these funding opportunities on page 9 of the application. Please contact the Office of Admissions and Records at UMSN-GradAdmissions@med.umich.edu or 734-763-5985 if you have questions.

Training program on complexity: Innovations for promoting health and safety

You are invited to apply to become a fellow for the Complexity: Innovations for Promoting Health and Safety (CIPHS) training program for Ph.D. students, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (T32).

To qualify for this prestigious training program, applicants must be

  1. U.S. citizens, a noncitizen national of the U.S., or have been lawfully admitted as a permanent resident in the U.S
  2. Applying for Fall, 2018 admission to the Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

The goal of the training program is to educate Ph.D. students to become independent scientists in promoting health and safety across the wellness-illness continuum through development and testing of interventions for a specified population.

Applicants selected for the CIPHS training program will receive three years of funding in the form of tuition support, health insurance, and a monthly stipend.

The CIPHS training program is designed for students to focus on one of the following objectives:

  • Investigate the complex array of personal, social, and environmental factors that impact the health and safety of individuals and populations across the wellness-illness continuum to inform the design and testing of interventions.
  • Design and test innovative approaches to promote health and safety, and prevent development of chronic conditions at the individual and population levels.
  • Design and test innovative approaches to promote health and safety among those with chronic conditions to enable them to live well with chronic illness.

Focus areas

There are two focus areas of the CIPHS training program: promoting health through prevention and safety and promoting health in the context of chronic conditions to facilitate living well with chronic illness.

Promoting health through prevention and safety

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Women’s health such as urinary continence, reproductive health, prevention of maternal and neonatal mortality;
  • Sexual health such as HIV prevention and adolescent health;
  • Workers’ health and safety such as prevention of noise-induced hearing loss among farm operators and their families, and prevention of healthcare workers’ exposure to toxic chemotherapeutic agents in ambulatory cancer treatment settings;
  • Communication and use of technology among different types of healthcare providers (e.g. nurses, physicians) that impact patient safety, patient outcomes and potential adverse healthcare events associated with miscommunication;
  • Prevention of injury (e.g. falls) in older adults;
  • Promoting health and reducing health inequality among vulnerable and community-based populations,
  • Implementation of research-based interventions to promote health and safety (implementation science).

Promoting health in the context of chronic conditions to facilitate living well with chronic illness 

Examples include but are not limited to

  • Investigating complex mechanisms of symptoms experienced by cancer survivors, testing bio-behavioral interventions to promote health in those with cancer, and improving sexual health in women with a history of breast and gynecologic cancer;
  • Testing interventions to address painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and thereby improve quality of life;
  • Investigating factors that influence physical activity, and quality of life in people with chronic lung disease and testing the effects of an exercise intervention to promote health and increase physical activity in this population;
  • Testing the effectiveness of a psycho-education intervention for women with abuse-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to promote healthy pregnancies and prevent maltreatment of infants and children;
  • Improving quality of life in those with chronic illness, and
  • Applying innovative analytic methods to large nationally available data to investigate back pain.

Application procedures

In addition to the Ph.D. program application, those interested in the CIPHS training program should submit a three page narrative that:

  1. Describes their research interests in promoting health and safety 
  2. Desribes their career goals in the area of promoting health and safety 
  3. Discusses possible faculty mentors at UMSN.

Applicants should select one of the two focus areas described above and then select a specific research interest within the selected focus area. Examples are promoting health through prevention and safety (focus area) in research on women’s health (specific research interest), or promoting health in the context of chronic conditions (focus area) with research on improving quality of life in people with chronic lung disease (specific research interest).

Questions about this funding opportunity should be directed to Dr. Marita Titler or Dr. Marjorie McCullagh.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) Future of Nursing Scholars (FNS) program is to develop the next generation of Ph.D.-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, a noncitizen national of the U.S., or have been lawfully admitted as a permanent resident in the U.S.

RWJ Future of Nursing Scholars will receive three years of funding (two terms/year, excluding Spring/Summer terms) in the form of tuition support, health insurance, and a monthly stipend.

Application procedures

In addition to the Ph.D. program application, those interested in the RWJ FNS program need to submit responses to the following essay questions:

  1. Please describe your strategy for completing a Ph.D. degree in three years. What unique skills do you possess that will help you to accomplish this goal?
  2. How do you envision your future contributions as a leader and scientist in ways that will influence clinical practice, education, policy, or other areas?