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Scholarly Development and Support

The Early Career Investigator Coaching (ECIC) program invites new military nursing professionals to partner with seasoned nurse scientists and engage in clinical inquiry, scholarship, and the development of Evidence-Based Practice that helps solve challenges facing the Military Health System. Leveraging the expertise of experienced military nursing researchers, ECIC participants explore how nursing research can support their career goals. Plus, gain invaluable experience on research teams that expand the growing body of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in nursing.

Leveraging the expertise of those who traveled the same road, you will explore how nursing research can advance your career goals. Plus, you'll gain opportunities for experience on nursing research teams that expand your resume while contributing to the growing body of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in military nursing. You'll also network with counterparts and leaders in the Army, Navy, and Air Force -- a rare opportunity to expand your career network across the services.


To foster early military nursing professionals to engage in scientific scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice.


Who’s Eligible

  • ROTC Nurse Cadets (4th year)

  • Military Junior Nurses (01-03)

  • GPA > 3.0



  • Network in a supportive environment with accomplished nursing leaders and professional across triservice nursing specialties.

  • Witness, develop and practice leadership skills to support your current and future roles in complex military environments.

  • Gain a mentorship to help identify and strategize career goals.

  • Learn how to best transition from academia to military service.

  • Build a resume and portfolio of experience.


FY2025 Application Cycle

Opens: 6 May 2024
Closes: 15 October 2024
Acceptance/Declination Notification: 1 November 2024
Applicant Acceptance Due: 15 November 2024
ECIC Cohort: Virtual Orientation:  25 November 2024


Application Requirements

  • CV/Professional biography (1-page)

  • Letter of Interest (less than 500 words)

    • Why you chose nursing?

    • What military nursing service means to you?

    • How ECIC will support your nursing career?

    • Your future nursing career goals?

  • Signed Letter of Recommendation from Cadre or Unit Leadership

  • Unofficial transcript(s) demonstrating GPA > 3.0

Note: All elements identified in the application requirements must be submitted before the application deadline.

FY23 ECIC Cohort with TSNRP Nursing Fellows at Pentagon

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