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2014 Claire M. Fagin Fellow Award Program

The Claire M. Fagin Fellow Award Program focuses on building academic gerontological nursing capacity through the development of leaders in gerontological nursing. The program provides for a 2-year fellowship for advanced research training and mentorship designed to assist doctorally prepared nurses committed to academic careers in gerontological nursing. To facilitate this effort, the program provides focused study and substantial networking opportunities among NHCGNE Patricia G. Archbold Scholars, Claire M. Fagin Fellows and mentors as well as colleagues in other fields. Claire M. Fagin Fellows, in collaboration with their mentors, will design and implement individual professional development plans that will support them in developing new competencies and enhanced effectiveness as an academic leader and researcher.

Awards will total $120,000 ($60,000 per annum) to each selected Fagin Fellow candidate with the requirement that 10% of that amount be contributed by the institution where the fellow is located. The institution’s contribution may be in the form of tuition waivers, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, grants-in-aid or scholarships. Neither in-kind support nor student loans are acceptable as matching funds. No indirect costs are allowed to the school and waivers of these indirect costs cannot be considered matching funds.

The Mayday Fund provides an additional $5,000 award to selected candidates whose research focuses on pain in older persons.

Fellow applicants must:

  • be doctorally prepared registered nurses (not including DNP)
  • hold degree(s) in nursing (undergraduate and/or masters)
  • be United States citizens or permanent U.S. residents
  • have potential to develop into independent investigators
  • demonstrate potential for long-term contributions to gerontological nursing.

If selected, Fellows must:

  • devote fulltime effort to the research project and professional development plan. While some academic commitments may be maintained, these should be relevant to the Fellow's research and study, sufficiently minimal so as not to reduce full time equivalency in the fellowship program and not be in conflict with the work the Fellow is undertaking. Where such activities are to be undertaken, they must be carefully and fully described in the application.
  • attend NHCGNE’s Annual Leadership Conference as well as the Gerontological Society of Americas (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting. (Mentors are strongly encouraged to attend the Leadership Conference.) Both meetings are held annually in November.

The selected institution is a significant consideration in the application review and selection process. It is important that the school chosen have the resources and capacity to support the Fellow in his or her fellowship plan. NHCGNE has developed a survey on graduate programs that have an emphasis on gerontological nursing that provides a rich snapshot of programs offered.

Professional Development Plan, Research Project and Mentor
The application has two components: a professional development plan and a research proposal. The professional development plan details activities tailored to enhance the applicant’s preparation in research, teaching and leadership. Next, the applicant will propose a significant gerontological nursing research project consistent with the applicant’s interests and previous research or clinical experience. The applicant will also identify a mentor(s) who is a strong gerontological nurse scientist with whom the applicant will work, and provide a signed letter from the proposed mentor(s) outlining a plan for their work together. Each applicant must designate one individual as the primary mentor for the grant term.

Criteria Considered in Selection of Claire M. Fagin Fellows
Strong applications must demonstrate all of the following:

  • Evidence of commitment to a career in academic gerontological nursing
  • Evidence of involvement in educational, research and professional activities
  • Potential for substantial, long term contributions to the knowledge base in gerontological nursing
  • Potential for leadership

Proposed Research must demonstrate:

  • Significance and timeliness for improving the health and well-being of older adults and their caregivers
  • High quality, feasibility and innovativeness
  • Potential for making contributions to the field of gerontological nursing

Proposed Development Plan must be:

  • Tailored to address needs of the applicant and
  • Clear in detailing plans for enhancing preparation in research, teaching and leadership

Detailed guidelines for preparing the application are part of the Fellow Application Checklist.

2014 Timeline
January: Applications due 12:00 Midnight EST, Monday, January 13, 2014

March: NHCGNE Selection Committee reviews all completed applications submitted by the stated deadline then selects a panel of candidates. All applicants are advised of decisions as soon as possible.

July: Award program officially begins July 1, 2014

Please first check our FAQ page. If you need further clarification or have additional questions, please contact the Coordinating Center at proberts@geron.org.


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