Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant (NEDG) for Practice and Dissertation Research

The Nurse Support Program II provides funding for Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant for Practice and Dissertation Research (NEDG) to nurse faculty at Maryland’s nursing programs who are currently enrolled in or who have recently completed a doctoral degree. Maryland institutions with nursing degree programs may nominate an unlimited number of existing faculty pursuing doctoral degrees within the final two years of a program of study.

Awards: Awards will range from $5,000 to $60,000, contingent upon enrollment status, doctoral degree completion, tuition needs, outstanding student loan debt, other funding sources and statewide nursing program faculty shortages. Funds for multi-year awards will be disbursed annually contingent upon satisfactory progress toward dissertation or capstone project, and degree completion. If awarded, recipients are required to complete an annual NSP II Faculty Award Survey each Fall for five years to support program evaluation.

Eligibility: Nursing faculty currently enrolled in Ph.D, Ed.D. or DNP programs who are engaged in or about to engage in the dissertation or capstone project in the 2021-2022 academic year. Current full-time faculty who are enrolled in part-time or full-time doctoral study are eligible, including recent doctoral graduates as of May 1, 2020 and later, who are currently serving as a faculty member. Individuals with current teaching contracts at a school of nursing in Maryland, including those who live outside Maryland, and/or are completing an out-of-state doctoral program, are eligible for this award.

For FY 2022, in response to guideline revisions with the program evaluation in 2020, if a full-time faculty member received NEDG funding in prior years and completed the doctoral degree with continued outstanding student debt, they may be nominated again with documentation of all loan repayments and use of prior NEDG awards to pay existing loans. All additional NEDG funds awarded must be expended within one year of receipt to pay this specific eligible student loan debt first.

If a full-time faculty member was ineligible due to completing a doctoral degree prior to 2012, and has worked for a Maryland nursing program for 10 years, they may be nominated for the NEDG with documentation of all loan repayments and continued outstanding student debt. All additional NEDG funds awarded must be expended within one year of receipt to pay this specific eligible student loan debt first.

Nomination Process: Nominations are to be made by the Dean or Director of Nursing, who will identify qualified candidates. This includes, but is not limited to:

• The completed nomination form NEDG nomination form and budget template that includes a description of existing support and budgetary needs. Documentation of student loans must be included, as it is a priority eligible expense.
• Letter of support by the Dean or Director, and the Faculty advisor if different.
• A three- to five-page paper outlining the nominee’s scholarly work and intent to teach
• A proposed timeline for doctoral degree completion with plan of study
• A certified transcript provided by the nominee
• Nominee’s current curriculum vitae with active nursing license.

The number of nominations is unlimited, but nominations should be submitted in priority order. Nominations for Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant for Practice and Dissertation Research (NEDG) for the academic year 2021-2022 will be accepted until September 30, 2021, with awards announced by January 15, 2022.

Allowable uses of funds:

• To assist with graduate education expenses, such as tuition and loan repayment

• To pay for any activities for professional development and continuing education to maintain credentials

• To pay for conference fees, travel, hotels, food, and expenses for speaking engagements

• To pay expenses related to dissertation research or capstones, including research assistants, statistical services, travel, and other fees to expedite completion of degrees

• To pay for licensure and certifications fees in their educator and clinical specialty

• To pay for computer/laptop, research instruments, statistical and other software

• To pay for subscriptions to professional journals and books

• To pay professional dues

• To conduct research and publish work in peer-reviewed journals

• To supplement the fellow’s salary.

• Any expense that meets the reasonable person criteria for any expense to further a nurse faculty’s career

Funds for new NEDG awards are available to awardees at the discretion of the higher education institution up to 5 years and as long as the faculty member remains full-time.

The nominee must be willing and committed to serve as a full-time faculty member in a Maryland nursing program one year for each year of award.

NEDG Nominee Information Form
NEDG Budget Template (required)

Nominations must be postmarked by September 30, 2021 to:

Maryland Higher Education Commission
Office of Outreach and Grants Management
Attention: NSP II Nurse Educator Doctoral Grants
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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