Sigma is reviewing and exploring new and exciting ways to increase the global and technological scope of the program. We anticipate the call for applications will take place sometime in 2019. If you would like to receive a notification when we begin taking applications, please complete the ILI Academies Interest Form.

Application Process

A completed NFLA application includes:

  • Scholar application
  • Leadership Mentor application
  • Scholar Curriculum Vitae
  • Leadership Mentor Curriculum Vitae
  • Organization Letter of Support for the Scholar      
  • Organization Letter of Support for the Leadership Mentor 

Scholar applications will be reviewed and ranked on the following criteria:

  • Scholar is a nurse educator who has completed doctoral preparation
  • Scholar is full-time faculty, employed for at least two years, but no more than seven years of experience as full time, non-tenured faculty in a school of nursing
  • Scholar’s leadership potential based upon:
    • Previous leadership experience
    • Articulated assessment of leadership skills and developmental needs
    • Stated leadership goals
  • Scholar’s articulated commitment to:
    • A career in nursing education
    • The advancement of faculty leadership development
  • Scholar’s proposed team project:
    • Potential for team project’s impact on advancing nursing education  
    • Team project’s potential for sustainability within the Scholar’s academic institution

Leadership Mentors will be reviewed and ranked on the following criteria:

  • Is doctorally prepared
  • Has a minimum of seven years as nurse faculty
  • Is employed outside of the Scholar’s institution
  • Has no previous mentoring relationship with the Scholar
  • Is not connected to Scholar’s dissertation work - currently or in the past
  • Has substantial preparation and experience as a leader in nursing education
  • Demonstrates experience as an effective leadership mentor
  • Has ability to foster the Scholar’s leadership development
  • Has ability to commit significant time and resources to develop and sustain the mentoring relationship with the Scholar
  • Has access to networks of leaders and key organizations
  • Is willing to engage the Scholar within his/her network
  • Has the ability to provide guidance to the Scholar throughout the team project processes
  • Is committed to the NFLA triad relationships and expectations of the NFLA

Letters of support from organizations of the Scholar and Leadership Mentor will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • Recommendation and rationale for Scholar’s or Leadership Mentor’s participation in NFLA
  • Resource commitment (time, financial, etc.) for Scholar’s or Leadership Mentor’s participation in NFLA
  • Support (time, resources, etc.) for the attainment of the identified team project goals (for Scholar's application only)
  • Indication that applicant has demonstrated potential and readiness for the NFLA (for Scholar's application only)
  • Commitment to sustain implemented team leadership project (for Scholar's application only)
  • Commitment from Scholar’s dean to participate in both site visits (for Scholar's application only)




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