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The TSNRP Fellows program cultivates the next generation of nurse scientists for the military


Congratulations FY24 TSNRP Fellows! 

COL Dan Wood, EdD, USA, AN

MAJ Morgan A. Torris-Hedlund, PhD, USAR, AN

CDR Chantel D. Charais, DNP, NC, USN

LCDR Alainna Crotty, DNP, NC, USN

LCDR Emily R. Latimer, MSN, NC, USN

Become a TSNRP Fellow


In support of the national defense strategy, the TSNRP Fellows Program offers masters prepared clinical nurse specialists and doctoral prepared military nurses opportunities to develop leadership skills that advance military nursing research and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) in all operational settings. In exchange, Fellows agree to actively participate in scholarly work, dissemination efforts, continued research/EBP activities, grant applications, and active mentoring. TSNRP Fellows advance TSNRP EBP projects or new basic science projects and contribute to identified TSNRP strategic initiatives under the direction of the TSNRP Executive Director.


Applications are due by 30 November annually.  Applications for FY24 are closed.

Eligibility Criteria


You must:

  • Graduate from an accredited Masters of Nursing Science program as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and/or graduate from a PhD or DNP program within the past 2 years OR earn the recommendation from the Corps Chief or Nursing Research Consultant/Specialty Leader

  • Work in a full-time research or Evidence-Based Practice position at a Military Treatment Facility (MTF)

  • Be eligible for TSNRP funding as a military nurse

  • Enjoy support from local leadership (ex: Chief Nurse, Chief of Center for Nursing Science and Clinical Inquiry/Research Cell, Research Lab Director, etc.) to participate in the program at the proposed level of effort

  • Identify a mentor who is a subject matter expert in the area of focus

  • Identify a mentor within the Military Health System with experience/knowledge of local policies and procedures. 

  • Note: At least one of the two mentors must be a registered nurse.

Program Participation Requirements 

If selected, you are expected to complete the following within 18 months of beginning the program:

  • Attend TSNRP Fellows onsite meeting in Bethesda, MD in February 2024

  • Mentor a undergraduate nursing student selected for TSNRP Early Career Investigator Coaching Program

  • Attend quarterly virtual TSNRP leadership meetings

  • Write a post for TSNRP social media channels on a relevant topic

  • Master’s Prepared Nurses must develop an EBP project

  • Doctoral Nurses must design a follow-on length study from a dissertation/DNP project using local IRB/IACUC documents

  • Submit an application for grant funding (either TSNRP or another funding agency)

  • Complete written quarterly updates that summarize progress with program goals, challenges encountered, lessons learned, personal reflections, and the way forward with an updated timeline (about 2-3 pages in length). Updates will be submitted to the mentors, local leadership, Service Consultant/Specialty Leader, and TSNRP. Submit an abstract for the TSNRP Research & Evidence-Based Practice Dissemination Course.

  • Completion of the TSNRP Nursing Research Leadership Certificate Program
    Skills learned via online content will contribute to core competencies for leadership critical thinking, decision-making, strategic planning, strategic change management for comprehensive patient care in the rapidly evolving combat and operational nursing environment in support of the national defense strategy.

Proposed Fellow Activities & Timeline


  • January to April: Mentor an Early Career Investigator Coaching Participant

  • January: Enroll in TSNRP Nursing Research Leadership Certificate Program

  • February: Attend 2-day TSNRP onsite visit

  • April: Possibly attend the 3-day TSNRP Research & Evidence-Based Practice Dissemination Course

  • July/August: Possibly attend the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS)

  • Duration of Program: Collaborate on Research or Evidence-Based Practice Projects with a military research command, national professional organization or national institute (i.e., National Institutes of Health, Institute for Surgical Research, Naval Medical Research Command, etc.)

  • At Fellows Discretion: Visit with subject matter mentor. (Mentee may travel to visit mentor or vice versa).

  • Note: All travel costs are covered by TSNRP, pending available funding.

TSNRP nurse scientist fellows

How to Apply

Applications typically require the following submissions:

  • Personal statement (500 words maximum) outlining why you should be considered for the program, including clinical and military experience, training, previous work in this field, past collaborators, etc.

  • Your professional goals for the program, and areas of military nursing operational focus project area with a project timeline

  • Current Curriculum Vitae

  • Signed letter of support from local leadership to include the level of effort needed to complete the program (at least 10% effort)

  • Signed letter of support from subject matter mentor, to include how mentorship relationship will be maintained during the course of the program

  • Signed letter of support from onsite mentor, to include the coordination between both mentors and mentee, and how the mentorship relationship will be maintained during the course of the program

Applications are considered based on the relevance of the focus area to military nursing, demonstration of a consistent contribution to excellence in military nursing, and available funds.  Applicants are notified of acceptance and the start date within 30 days.




Applications for FY24 are closed.

Become a TSNRP Scientific Mentor

Volunteer scientific mentors guide and develop military nurses as nurse scientists and scholars to advance the care of Service members and their beneficiaries. Mentors are instrumental in elevating the quality of research and Evidence-Based Practice projects military nurses are able to achieve. To serve as a TSNRP scientific mentor, contact TSNRP.  We will connect you with appropriate junior scholars seeking a mentor.

Scientific Mentor
2024 TSNRP Scientific Mentor Award Winner: LTC Patricia M. Schmidt, PhD
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