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Application and Guidelines


2020 Academy of Nursing Education
Application is CLOSED. 

    The 2020 Academy inductees will be announced in July 2020 via a press release from the NLN.

Join the Ranks for Nursing Education’s Elite

Individuals who have made enduring and substantial contributions to nursing education as teachers, mentors, scholars, public policy advocates, practice partners, or administrators are encouraged to pursue Fellowship  in the Academy of Nursing Education and urge worthy colleagues to apply. Once inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education, individuals are designated as Academy of Nursing Education Fellows and entitled to use the credential, ANEF.  Fellows then actively participate in the work of the NLN community to share ideas and insights on how to transform nursing education.

Individuals who meet eligibility criteria may apply for fellowship in the Academy by submitting an online application before February 14th. For more information, contact the Membership Department at or by calling 1-202-909-2497.

Eligibility Criteria Overview

See the NLN Academy Handbook for a detailed look at application criteria.
ANEF1To be considered retired, the candidate must not have been employed in any capacity for at least three years. If the candidate has not been retired for three years, she/he must apply as a regular fellow.

Responsibilities of Fellows

All individuals accepted into fellowship in the Academy of Nursing Education are required to:
  • Attend the Academy Induction Ceremony
  • Maintain membership in the National League for Nursing
  • Pay annual Academy membership dues (See Timeline and Fees
  • Participate in the community of fellows as a means of transforming nursing education.
Note: Nominees cannot apply two years in a row. For nominees who have applied and were not inducted into the Academy, there is a two-year wait period before the same nominee is eligible again.