Fellowship Application

2021_Fellowship_Application.pngThe 2023 application cycle will open in January.

Notification emails were sent to 2022 Applicants and Sponsors on June 29, 2022. If you have questions please contact Claire Holland at cholland@aannet.org. Please note that the Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 29 at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, DC.

The American Academy of Nursing implemented several key changes for the 2022 Fellowship Application process, based on recommendations put forth by the Fellow Selection Review Steering Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The goal of these changes which include a new online application portal for submission, a new curriculum vitae (CV) template, and an extended application cycle; is to reduce potential unconscious bias during the Fellow selection process, streamline and modernize the application process, and to ensure that the focus remains on the applicants’ contributions and impact. View the application guide and instructions for full details.


On Friday, February 18 at 11:30 AM ET the Academy staff held a Technical Assistance Webinar to learn more about the online application portal. This session included a tutorial and Q&A session about the Academy's 2022 Fellowship application for applicants and sponsors. Note this session was recorded and available to view on-demand. 


Insights for Sponsors and Applicants

Preparing for Fellowship Webinar

Key Fellowship Application Changes


Application Self-Assessment

By answering the questions below, you will have the opportunity to assess your impact and hone your responses to the application questions. The questions on the application require succinct and purposeful responses, with word limits ranging from a minimum of 100 to a maximum of 600. Therefore, you should work to answer each of these questions in no more than 300 words.

  1. Summarize your significant individual contributions on the national/international level or describe a state/regional effort demonstrating potential for scalable impact (consider this section to be similar to an abstract of the work you will describe in Question 2). 
  2. Briefly describe the substantive, sustained, and outstanding impact of your contribution that is the focus for this application (for state or regional contributions, please identify the potential, scalable impact of your work). In addition, include your potential for significant continuing contributions in this area to health or health care. Be as specific as possible, providing data to support the impact of your work. Ensure that information listed in your CV aligns with the description provided. 
  3. How does your significant contribution(s) advance the mission of the American Academy of Nursing? The Academy's mission is to "Improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science." View the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan to learn more.

    If you have questions concerning the application process, please contact Claire Holland, Member Engagement Coordinator, at cholland@aannet.org.

    Applicant Frequently Asked Questions

    Can someone from outside my institution or state sponsor me? 
    Yes. The Academy encourages candidates to seek sponsors who will be able to provide strong support for the applicant’s admission into the Academy. Whether or not they are from the applicant’s institution or state is not considered but it is highly recommended to ask a sponsor who knows your work well. 

    How do I locate two sponsors to support my application?
    It is advised that applicants search within their network as well as the Directory or Expert Panel members within their expertise to connect with potential Sponsors. Additionally, many members of the Academy's Committees, such as the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee, are active Fellows that would be willing to support potential applicants. Please note, Academy staff is unable to directly match applicants with potential sponsors. Please contact Claire Holland, Member Engagement Coordinator, with questions.

    Should the application be submitted by the candidate or one of the sponsors?
    The candidate should submit the application and all materials together online. Please note that confirmation emails will be sent to the email provided on the online submission form.

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    Sponsor Frequently Asked Questions

    I am a Fellow can I sponsor more than one candidate?
    Yes. As a Fellow in good standing you may sponsor a total of two Fellows. These may include the combination of regular or Honorary candidates.

    I am an Emeritus Fellow or Living Legend, can I still sponsor a candidate?
    Yes, Emeritus Fellows in good standing and Living Legends are eligible to sponsor two candidates per year (the same as Fellows).

    I am an Honorary Fellow, may I sponsor a candidate?
    No, according to the Academy's bylaws Honorary Fellows are not eligible to sponsor a candidate but may assist in an advisory capacity.

    I am the primary sponsor for a candidate; may I also be the secondary sponsor for a different second candidate?
    Yes. The Fellow Selection Committee does not distinguish between primary or secondary sponsors. Fellows are eligible to sponsor two different candidates each year.

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