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Midwest Nursing Research Society / NLN Doctoral Research 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 or junior faculty and have agreed to offer a joint award focused on the following goals:

  • To increase the quality and quantity of research or doctoral dissertations/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 one doctoral student or junior faculty to support nursing education research or doctoral research focused on nursing education.

MNRS awards a $2,500 grant in the spring; NLN awards a $2,500 grant in the fall.


  • Applicants for this award must be current members of MNRS (student or regular) and must be enrolled in a doctoral nursing program (DNP, DNS, EdD, or PhD) in the Midwest region or must have completed the terminal degree no more than five years prior to applying for the grant.  
  • Applicants must provide evidence that they have successfully completed the dissertation proposal process or provide evidence that they completed a terminal degree; 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) - uploaded separately
  • 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 Awards Submission Guidelines (PDF)
  • Upon completion of the funded study, grantees are expected to submit either an abstract for presentation at the NLN Summit or a two-page summary focused on outcomes of the research

Components of the Blind Review File

  1. Title page with applicant's name and affiliation removed.
  2. Proposal (including abstract) with all identifying information of applicant removed.
  3. References cited.
  4. Appendices (if appropriate) with all identifying information of applicant removed. (Doctoral students must include confirmation of successful completion of proposal defense. Applicants may include documents on official letterhead with the name of the school visible; signatures can also be visible to demonstrate that the proposal received appropriate approval).
  • A budget is not required for this award.  
  • The components of the Blind Review File must be submitted in one PDF file via the online submission system.

How to Submit: 

Submissions are accepted online only. If this is your first time using NLN's online system, Fluid Review, please download the instructions for starting an online submission.

The 2018 grant cycle will be open October 1, 2017 - February 8, 2018. 


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. Awardees are encouraged to attend.

For questions about the submission or review process, please contact