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Midwest Nursing Research Society / NLN Doctoral Dissertation Award

MNRS-logoThe Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) and the National League for Nursing have each identified a mutual interest in promoting research conducted by doctoral students and have agreed to offer a joint award focused on the following goals:

  • To increase the quality and quantity of doctoral dissertations or capstone projects focused on nursing education,
  • To advance the science of nursing education, and
  • To increase awareness of support for nursing education research by the MNRS and the NLN.


Each organization offers a $2,500 award annually to support doctoral dissertation or doctoral capstone projects. MNRS awards a $2,500 grant in the spring; NLN awards a $2,500 grant in the fall.

The recipient also receives a one-year student membership from the NLN.


  • Applicants for this award must be current members of MNRS (student or regular) and must be enrolled in a doctoral nursing program in the Midwest region.  
  • Applicants must provide evidence that they have successfully completed the dissertation proposal process and obtained IRB approval, where applicable
  • Proposed studies must be clearly focused on nursing education research and must relate to one or more of the NLN Priorities for Research in Nursing Education.   

Proposal Guidelines:

  • A complete proposal includes both a Blind Review File and a Demographic Data Form (DOC).
  • The proposal must be submitted electronically by a specified deadline. Incomplete proposals or proposals submitted after this time will not be accepted for review.
  • Applications must adhere to requirements for format, content, length limitations, and necessary supporting materials as outlined in the NLN Doctoral Research Submission Guidelines.

Components of the Blind Review File

  1. Title page with researcher's name and affiliation removed.
  2. Proposal (including abstract) with all identifying information removed.
  3. References
  4. Appendices (if appropriate) with all identifying information removed. One appendix must be confirmation of successful completion of proposal defense.
  • A budget is not required for this award.  
  • The components of the Blind Review File must be submitted in one Microsoft Word document via the online submission system.

How to Submit: 

A link to the online submission system for the 2016 cycle will become available in early October 2015.  

Proposals are due by the fourth Thursday in February of each cycle.

Review Process:

The NLN Nursing Education Research Grants review process is used. All proposals are submitted for blind review by carefully selected experts in nursing education research. The submitted Blind Review File is the file that is reviewed by these experts.  Recipients are selected through a peer review process using the following criteria (DOCX). 

Letters of notification are sent to grant applicants no later than July 1st of each cycle.

Grant recipients are formally announced at the NLN Education Summit each fall. 

For questions about the submission or review process, please contact