Eligibility and Application

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Thank you for your interest in the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation.

Please note that the only students eligible for admission to the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation must be an applicant to the Accelerated BSN program, an applicant to the BSN program, or a current student in the undergraduate nursing program with at least two semesters remaining before graduating with your BSN.

Applicants to the Hillman Scholars Program must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and knowingly commit to a professional nursing career that includes research, innovation and leadership.

Students must complete and submit the required Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation application materials by November 30, 2015 at 5 pm.

Hillman Application Instructions (Spring 2016)
Hillman Application Form
Recommendation Form
Curriculum Vitae Template

 “The Hillman Scholars program at UNC is an opportunity to become connected to mentors who are leaders in their respective fields, a school of nursing and university that believe in and support interdisciplinary work and innovative practice, and like-minded peers at UNC, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan.”
Bill Smith, Hillman Scholar



Application and Eligibility FAQs: 

Q:Who is eligible to apply for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:Applicants eligible to apply to the current application cycle include students admitted to the School of Nursing in the May 2015 BSN cohort or the January 2016 ABSN cohort.

Q: Is the GRE required?
A: No. Effective August 2014, applicants to the School of Nursing graduate programs are not required to submit GRE scores. Faculty leaders from the PhD, DNP, and MSN programs collaborated to petition the Graduate School to have the GRE requirement waived for a five-year period. During that time, data collection and analysis will examine the impact on admission and progression of applicants to the School’s graduate programs. Click here to read more about this decision.

Q:Are RN-MSN or RN-PhD students eligible to apply for the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation?
A:No, the Hillman Scholars Program is for pre-licensure students.

Q:Do Hillman Scholars applicants have to apply to the Graduate School?
A:Hillman Scholars will complete a short paper application for the Graduate School in the semester prior to moving to the PhD portion of the Program.

Q:What is the admission process?
A:All eligible applicants will have their Hillman application reviewed by faculty committees. Select applicants will move forward for an interview.

Q:How do I find faculty research interests?
A: http://nursing.unc.edu/doctoral-program/faculty-advisors-research/