2017 Timetable

February 1, 2017, 9am EST: Application website opens through MyRWJF at my.rwjf.org.

March 15, 2017, 3pm EST (noon PST): Deadline for receipt of completed online applications.

March 16, 2017: Deadline for postmark of hard copy

July 12-14, 2017: Interviews with the National Advisory Committee in Chicago

December, 2017 or June, 2018: Official notification of Scholars, depending on chosen start date

Timetable FAQs

What happens after the initial application is submitted?
All applications are reviewed for completeness and eligibility, and then sent to a number of reviewers drawn from the National Advisory Committee and a panel of outside evaluators. Up to twenty-four applicants are selected as semifinalists to be interviewed. Up to ten candidates will be identified after the interviews as finalists for the award, as well as additional finalists to be recommended to our partners for support.

When are applicants notified of the results of the initial review of applications?
All applicants are notified by late June.

When and where are the interviews?
For 2017, July 12-14 in Chicago.

What happens if I can’t come to the interview?
You will be asked to reapply the following year. In this case, please contact the National Program Office.

When are finalists notified?
By August of 2017.

What happens after finalists are notified?
Finalists are given the opportunity to submit Finalist Documentation to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation or our partners, consisting of a research proposal, four-year budget, curriculum vitae, institutional letters, and a photograph.

When may I start if I am selected as a Scholar?
You may start January 1 or July 1 the year after selection.

If I am not selected, may I reapply?
Yes.  Letters of reference, mentor’s information, and the proposal must be new for each year. Reapplicants must also submit a “Reapplicant Update.”