PhD in Nursing Science Program


  Application for Fall 2023
Open August 1, 2022 through January 1, 2023
Click Here to Begin Your Application

Financial Awards

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:

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 Futrell, Director of Student Financial Services, and Vanderbilt School of Nursing at 615-322-8986 

Additional Websites for Financial Assistance

Contact your own specialty professional nursing association(s) for other funding opportunities.

PhD Webinar

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).