PhD in Nursing Science Program
Completed applications are due January 1, 2023.
VUSN-Supported Tuition Scholarships
Our dean is committed to offering scholarship opportunities for top students. We evaluate all admitted students for merit-based scholarships and financial aid.
VUSN Grant Support for PhD Scholarship and Dissertation Project
Competitive small grants are available for supporting activities related to the PhD students area of scholarship (e.g. attendance at boot camps, seminars) and to support dissertation research.
External Funding Opportunities
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) provides a Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program funded by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. The program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing. For additional information, go to: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/scholarships/minority
Students are encouraged to explore all avenues of financial support, including pre-doctoral funding through various external agencies such as the NIH, specialty organizations and foundations. Additional support for dissertation work and educational expenses may be available from other foundations and through educational loan programs.
Students who need more financial aid may apply for loans through the Federal Direct Loan Program. In order to be considered for Federal Loan programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Vanderbilt Nursing Graduate/Professional Financial Aid and Scholarship Application (First Year or 2nd Year/Returning). Questions about financial aid should be directed to: Kristie Smith, Director of Student Financial Services, and Vanderbilt School of Nursing at 615-322-8986
Additional Websites for Financial Assistance
- AACN (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)
- ACS (American Cancer Society)
- ANA (American Nurses Association)
- Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc (www.discovernursing.com/home)
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- NIH (National Institutes of Health)
- NINR (National Institute of Nursing Research)
- NLN (National League for Nursing)
- MCHB (Maternal Child and Health Bureau)
- STT (Sigma Theta Tau, International)
- TCN (Tennessee Center for Nursing) See the Tennessee Graduate Nursing Loan Forgiveness Program
Contact your own specialty professional nursing association(s) for other funding opportunities.
Our webinars include an outline of the PhD in Nursing Science Program, program format, application process, components of funding, etc. Webinars are conducted throughout the academic year, and particularly ahead of a new application cycle (which open annually on August 1). Contact the PhD Program Manager to request information on upcoming live webinars. You may also click here to view a previously recorded webinar (August 10, 2022).