School of Nursing, in conjunction with the MU Graduate Studies, the Health Resources Services Administration interested in improving nursing and healthcare, offer several fellowships and merit award programs for incoming and continuing DNP students.
Fellowships for Underrepresented Minorities
DNP applicants interested in being nominated for one of these fellowships must submit all DNP application materials by the November 1 admission deadline.
Ronald E. McNair Fellowships: This program is designed to support newly admitted masters or doctoral students in any field who successfully completed a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at a university other than MU. Nominees must have and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Fellowship applicants must include a letter from the McNair Director at the Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at a university other than MU.
Gus T. Ridgel Fellowships: This fellowship program assists qualified underrepresented minority graduate students in any field. Awards can be made to U.S. citizens who are members of an underrepresented ethnic minority population (African American, Native American or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Mexican American). Nominees must have and maintain a 3.5 GPA. Please review the fellowships guidelines for more information.
Graduate Teaching & Research Assistantships
MU graduate assistantships, including both teaching and research assistantships, are part-time employment opportunities for graduate students applied for through academic departments or research centers. Availability of GTA and GRA are based on the needs of the school and are contingent upon available funding. Assistantships are typically 10-20 hours per week and offer a monthly stipend as well as a tuition waiver. Additional information about graduate assistantships can be found in the PhD Handbook.
Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars
The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program provides financial assistance, leadership development, and mentoring support to expand the pipeline of future nurse faculty into research-focused and practical-focused doctoral nursing programs. Financial benefits of being a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar include: Tuition, fees, and medical insurance for 2 years (9 credits of graduate coursework/semester); 25% Graduate Research or Graduate Teaching Assistant position (9 months/year) for two years; Travel support to AACN-Jonas Nurse Leaders Conference; Travel support to selected professional conferences approved by the School of Nursing; Total estimated value: More than $36,000. Additional information about Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars Program can be found on the Jonas Center website. Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar applications are due every other year in early April on even years.
Nurse Faculty Loan Program
The Nurse Faculty Loan Program is a federal program designed to increase the number of nursing students who pursue careers as full-time faculty teaching in schools of nursing. DNP and PhD students are eligible to apply if they are committed to a faculty role, in good academic standing, are US citizens or permanent residents, and not in default on any prior student loans. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, complete at least 4-6 credits/semester, and maintain enrollment for a minimum of two consecutive semesters.
Recipients receive financial awards to offset a portion of the cost of tuition, books, fees and other reasonable educational expenses. Awards may be renewable for a maximum of five years but this is contingent upon ongoing federal funding and therefore subject to change. Recipients must complete the specified education component(s) prior to graduating. Nurse Faculty Loan Program applications are due by July 1 each year.