The Policy and Politics in Nursing Scholarship application period is closed.

The Policy and Politics in Nursing Scholarship aims to encourage qualified doctorate and post-doctorate nurses from historically excluded underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups who have expressed an interest in health services research and policy, by providing financial support to attend two AcademyHealth conferences and access to mentoring and professional development opportunities to further develop their research and policy interests.

The Scholarship also aims to:

  • Raise nurses’ awareness of AcademyHealth and the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI) through participation in conference proceedings and the IRGNI Emerging Diversity Leaders Initiative;
  • Provide the opportunity to network and meaningfully engage with health services researchers and policy leaders to explore key policy issues impacting healthcare and effective advocacy strategies to bring about better health.

This scholarship is part of the larger AcademyHealth Diversity Scholars Program. Find more information on the Diversity Scholars Program here.

Scholarship Information


Eligibility Requirements:
  • Nurse enrolled in doctorate or post-doctorate programs and a current Ph.D. candidate
  • Member of historically excluded, underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups*
  • Availability to attend the Annual Research Meeting.
  • U.S. Citizenship**
Application Instructions:

To apply, applicants must upload and submit the following materials to the online application system: 

  • A completed online application form, including in the submission: 
    • Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Interest (500 words max). The essay should address your personal learning objectives, demonstrated interest in the field of HSR and/or disparities and equity research; and past or current research/work related to HSR. The essay should also show a clear connection between your stated learning objectives and professional goals and your interest in attending the ARM. We strongly suggest that you write the essay out in a Word document and then copy and paste it into the form.
  • Supporting documentation, including: 
    • If applicable, documentation of student status (e.g. scanned copy of student ID, departmental letter)
    • Signed letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor or work supervisor on official letterhead

2023 Policy and Politics in Nursing Scholar

Portia Zaire headshot

Portia Zaire, R.N., M.S.N.

Doctoral Student - The Ohio State University

Portia J. Zaire has been a Registered Nurse since 2007. She is currently completing her Ph.D. studies at The Ohio State University College of Nursing where her research focuses on health promotion and equity in medically underserved communities. Read Bio

More Information

The Policy and Politics in Nursing Scholarship is funded by the Co-Editors of the 8th Edition of Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care and its publisher, Elsevier, on behalf of its more than 100 contributing authors in recognition of their commitment to developing the next generation of policy leaders in nursing.

*AcademyHealth's definition of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups in the field of HSR is based on the NIH definition, as the following: African American/Black, American Indian & Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, and Asian American & Pacific Islander. (NIH) (NSF)

**Due to program requirements, applicants who are not U.S. citizens are not eligible to apply.

If you need additional assistance for scholarship-related questions, please contact us here.