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Nursing Workforce Diversity (NWD)


The purpose of NWD is to increase nursing education opportunities for individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities that are underrepresented among registered nurses.  The program supports projects that provide student stipends or scholarships, stipends for diploma or associate degree nurses to enter a bridge or degree completion program, student scholarships or stipends for accelerated nursing degree programs, pre-entry preparation, advanced education preparation, and retention activities.


Eligible applicants are accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other private or public entities that the Secretary determines are appropriate, including faith-based and community-based organizations, and tribes and tribal organizations.  

A funding preference will be given to applicants with projects that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in State or local health departments.

Individuals are not eligible to apply for these funds.

More Information

Program details (Opportunity Closing Date: 1/24/2014)
Active Grants and Abstracts
NWD Recorded Technical Assistance Webinar
Nursing Workforce Diversity Frequently Asked Questions


Tara Spencer, MS, RN

José H. Santiago-Vélez, PhD, EdM

Open Funding Opportunities

HRSA-16-065 Nurse Faculty Loan Program

HRSA-16-045 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Program

HRSA-16-059 Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program

HRSA-16-042 Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) Program

HRSA-16-070 Advanced Nursing Education Program

HRSA-16-076 Oral Health Service Expansion

HRSA-16-066 Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Bachelor of Science in Nursing Practicums in Community Settings Program

HRSA-16-068 Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention- Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program: Behavioral Health Integration

All Open Opportunities