All NHF nursing grant and fellowship applications are subjected to a rigorous peer review process. Applications are critiqued on scientific merit and relevance to NHF research priorities. Applications are reviewed and scored in terms of significance, approach, innovation, investigator, and environment. A volunteer group of scientific and lay leaders reviews applications received. The NHF Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC) and the NHF board of directors grant final funding approval.

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The purpose of the NHF Nursing Fellowship is to provide support for a registered nurse currently employed or interested in hemophilia care to conduct nursing research or clinical projects. Endorsement by a federally funded hemophilia treatment center is recommended.

Collaboration with multidisciplinary care providers and/or between 2 or more hemophilia centers is accepted and encouraged. Collaboration efforts may include, for example, social work, physical therapy and genetics. It thus may be possible for a hemophilia center team to apply jointly for two or more of the nursing, social work and physical therapy excellence fellowships as a cooperative project or research endeavor. Additionally, regional applications will be considered.

Current topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the development of clinical pathways, measurable outcomes in bleeding disorders care, service utilization, epidemiology and patient and community education tools. Other topics include rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, psychosocial issues, women's health in bleeding disorders, liver disease in clients with bleeding disorders and HIV/AIDS. The objectives of the fellowship are to improve the delivery of care and expand the knowledge of nursing science surrounding bleeding disorders.

Letter of Intent Requirements

  • On institutional letterhead or from the institution’s email
  • Addressed to “Members of NHF’s Nursing Working Group Review Committee”
  • Single spaced, and 1 to 1.5 pages in length utilizing a 12-point font and 1-inch margins.
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of the project by including:
    • Brief introduction of the candidate/researcher and ability to meet eligibility criteria
    • Information about his/her mentor, and
    • Brief description of the proposed research or project.
  • Letters must be accompanied by a CV (5 pages maximum) or NIH Biosketch for both the candidate and his/her mentor and submitted as a single PDF.
  • Submit your Letter of Intent to Samantha Carlson (


Each year, one new research fellowship of up to $15,000 will be awarded.


Letter of Intent Deadline: Closed
Application Deadline: Closed. Next Cycle 2022
Award Start Date: January 1, 2022


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Multidisciplinary applications are welcomed. If a multidisciplinary project is sought, you are encouraged to indicate in the letter of intent and in the application how the project would proceed if only one Fellowship is awarded.


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Watch this video to learn the work of Nursing Excellence Fellows who received the award and to understand the Peer Review Process for the Nursing Excellence Fellowship.