2024 Timetable

February 7, 2024, 9am EST: Application website opens through MyRWJF at my.rwjf.org.

March 19, 2024, 3pm EST (noon PST): Deadline for receipt of completed online applications.

July 10-12, 2024: Interviews with the National Advisory Committee in Chicago (firm dates; dependent on any possible public health restrictions).

August, 2024: Notification of finalists, who will be invited to submit full applications.

October, 2024: Official notification of Scholars.

November, 2024: Awards start.

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-six 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 mid-June.

When and where are the interviews?
For 2024, July 10-12 in Chicago, assuming that there are no restrictions due to public health

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 2024.

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 in November the year of 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.”