Jonas Scholar Mentorship

The goal of the Jonas Scholars program is to improve health care by expanding the pool of PhD and DNP-prepared nurses needed to educate the next generation of nurse leaders. Mentoring serves as a critical element to doctoral students’ success throughout their programs and in their continued success post-graduation. As part of their faculty development curriculum, all Jonas Scholars will be paired with a mentor for the duration of the program. 

For the 2024-2026 cohort, the Jonas Scholars program seeks eight mentors for a two-year commitment. The call for applications for mentors is now open with an application deadline of July 5, 2024.

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Each mentor will be assigned a small group of approximately 8-10 Scholars. Each group will be expected to meet monthly with a recommended curriculum and be available on an ad hoc basis to answer questions and serve as a resource for their mentees.

Mentors will begin their tenure with an orientation on September 11, 2024 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. and serve in the mentor role through May 2026. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory. 

Topics to be explored during the mentoring relationship include, but are not limited to:

  • CV writing
  • Post-docs / fellowship opportunities / other opportunities for doctoral students
  • Scholarly writing
  • Professional development
  • Applying for a faculty position

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, mentor applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be authorized to work in the United States throughout the duration of the 2024 – 2026 Jonas Scholars program without visa sponsorship.
  • Earned a doctoral degree in nursing (PhD or DNP) at an accredited institution.

Selection Criteria
In order to be selected as a mentor, applicants must:

  • Have demonstrated experience and a passion for mentoring DNP and/or PhD nursing students.
  • Have a career background as a faculty member at a doctoral degree-granting nursing institution(s).
  • Be able to work with a diverse group of nursing students with a variety of life experiences and research / clinical focus areas. 

Each mentor will receive a total compensation of $4,000 over the course of the two-year program. This amount will be paid in two installments of $2,000 each in 2024 and 2025.

The application process will be completed through an online platform which will be tied to a MyAACN account (accessed via the "Submit an Application" button above). You will be able to save and return to the application until it is submitted through the system or until the due date of  June 17, 2024.

For your reference, here are the qualitative response questions found on the application: 

  • Please describe your interest and motivations in becoming a mentor to Jonas Scholars (max 300 words)
  • Please describe your mentoring style (max 200 words)
  • How do you adapt your mentoring style to fit the unique needs of different mentees? (max 200 words)
  • Please describe your experience in mentoring DNP and/or PhD nursing students (max 300 words)
  • What have been your primary areas of research / clinical focus throughout your career? (max 200 words)


If you have any questions, please contact:

Noah Brown, MPA
Jonas Grant Manager, AACN