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Application Guidelines

Individuals who meet eligibility criteria may apply for fellowship
in the academy by submitting a complete application on or
before February 15. An application is considered to be
complete only if it contains all the elements listed below.

Complete the Academy of Nursing Education application at You can find application forms to work on before you fill out the Fluid Review application below. For the documents you upload (the curriculum vitae and two letters of reference), please ensure your last name is included in the document name. The application fee can be paid online through PayPal using a PayPal account or credit/debit card or you can send a check. Please make check payable to National League for Nursing.

Checks can be sent to:

National League for Nursing
Attn: Recognition Programs
2600 Virginia Ave NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20037

Applicants are strongly urged to review the Tips for A Successful Application and the Frequently Asked Questions that have been prepared to assist in the preparation of the application.

The Academy application includes:

  • A completed application form submitted online .

  • A current curriculum vitae (no more than 6 single-spaced pages in length) that is supportive of one's application, substantiate one’s primary area of contribution to nursing education, and emphasizes one's accomplishments (e.g., involvement in professional organizations, [including membership in NLN and service on NLN committees, panels and task groups] consultation provided, publications, presentations, honors, awards, etc.)

  • A four-part statement from the applicant that describes (a) the primary area of contribution for which she/he is known in the nursing education community and the impact the contribution has had on the nursing education community (200 words maximum), (b) how she/he has made enduring and substantial contributions beyond those required of one’s employment that have had a significant impact on nursing education in one or more of the areas noted above (600 words maximum), (c) how she/he will continue to provide visionary leadership in nursing education and in the academy (200 words maximum), and (d) how her/his contributions are congruent with the mission and goals of the NLN (100 words maximum)..

  • Two (2) letters of reference that provide specific examples of how the applicant's enduring and substantial work in the area(s) selected have had an impact on and made a difference in nursing education. Additional letters will not be considered. The letters of reference must be limited to 500 words each. Letters of reference must be submitted in PDF format with an electronic signature.

    Note: Current NLN Board of Governors, NLN Foundation Board of Trustees, Academy review panel, and NLN staff may not be used as a reference.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documents and associated fees are included in the application. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant without being reviewed. The non-refundable fee will not be returned for incomplete submissions, and a new fee will be required for re-submission.

Online applications must be received no later than 11:59 pm (EST) on February 15. Any applications received after this date/time will be returned to the applicant, along with the application fee, without being reviewed.

Application Review Process Applications are reviewed by a panel of peers. The Review Panel appointed by the NLN Board of Governors and CEO includes five fellows and one member of the NLN Board of Governors.


Academy Application Form
Honorary Academy Application Form
Credit Card Form


NLN ANEF Handbook
Letters of Reference Guide

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