Leadership Scholarship 2022

The Florence Nightingale Foundation has a renowned reputation across the UK for our bespoke leadership scholarship programmes. Our programmes are designed to build confidence, authority and influence in our scholars, enabling them to contribute to policy and practice at a local and national level to improve patient care and health outcomes.

My scholarship allowed me to grow both professionally and personally and has genuinely changed my life. The scholarship unlocked not only my potential but my passion for leadership, learning and nursing. It gave me the confidence to follow my dreams and was truly the most incredible journey.


Ruheana Begum

Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholar 2019

Leadership Scholarship overview

The Leadership Scholarships are open to nurses and midwives working at NHS Agenda for Change (or equivalent) band 7 and above. Whether you are looking for the next step, investigating the opportunity to become a future director, aspiring to engage more with the executive board, have dreams of engaging in a systems leadership role or have reached a senior position and are looking to stretch and develop yourself beyond your previous expectations, these opportunities are for you.

For advice on writing a successful scholarship application, please watch the below video.

Our leadership scholarship programmes are open to nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). However, we also welcome applicants outside the UK with an independent funding source. These exciting opportunities are created to enable scholars to explore and discover their own leadership style and develop the essential skills to be a courageous and confident leader. For more information on our leadership opportunities please view our FNF Leadership Opportunities Brochure.

Digital Leaders Scholarship

This programme is suitable for those on track to CNIO’s/Senior digital leaders in the next two years or for those already leading digital change and aspiring to take up systems system leadership roles. These scholarships are available to nurses and midwives working in England and Wales only. To apply please complete the application form on this site and specify Digital Scholarship. For more information click here.


We are honoured to have our current and previous scholarships funded by a range of sponsors enabling nurses and midwives to apply from across the UK and Ireland. We look forward to working again with them this year and in the future.

The Foundation offers a number of specific scholarships that have been sponsored in dedication to a person or on behalf of an organisation. These include:

Health Education England

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)

NHS Wales

The Worshipful Company of Needle Makers

The Welsh Government

The General Nursing Council

NHS England

NHS England and NHS Improvement

The Nightingale Fellowship

Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service

NCLC - Ireland

Burdett Trust

Duke of Devonshire Charitable Trust

NHS University Hospitals of Derby and Burton

Teenage Cancer Trust


Programme structure

The core scholarship programme for all leadership scholarships includes:
  • Individual scholar assessment
  • Experienced mentor allocated
  • Welcome briefing day
  • Residential development programme (2 days)
  • Personal Presence and Impact (3 days) delivered by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Bespoke Development Opportunities
  • The core programme for Digital Nurse/Midwife Leadership Scholars also includes a bespoke 3-day digital leadership residential programme as part of the CNO Sponsored Scholarship. All other Leaderships Scholars may undertake this as an optional extra.
  • Invite to the Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service at Westminster Abbey, London
  • High profile celebration event to celebrate the success of our FNF Scholars

Key Dates

Scholarship Applications Open 1st Sept 2021

  • Applications close on the 20th October at 23:59 
  • Applications deadline extended for Digital Leaders Scholarships, now closing on the 3rd November at 23:59 
  • Shortlisting will be completed by 8th November 2021
  • Interviews will take place between 22nd November – 10th December 2021
  • Interviewees notified of the outcome no later than 24th January 2022
  • Successful applicants will begin their scholarship year in April 2022

Eligibility criteria

Our scholarships are open to nurses and midwives who are seeking to advance their personal development as credible leaders. Nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are eligible to apply for our fully funded scholarships. However we welcome applicants outside the UK with an independent funding source.

Leadership Scholarship:

  • Registered Nurse or Midwife holding a valid registration
  • Band 7 and above (or equivalent)
  • Completed Senior Sponsor letter ensuring support to all scholarship activities
  • Confirmation of 10% employer contribution (£1,000)

Application process

**Download Nominator Senior Sponsor form**

Information for applying online:

Upon application, you are required to upload the following information:

  • Personal, employment and education information
  • A copy of your NMC statement of entry document (can be located online)
  • Senior Sponsor nominator form supporting attendance and time to complete scholarship activities and authorisation to fund 10% employer contribution (£1,000) – Found on this website prior to accessing the application form
  • Signed terms and conditions

Please note the following:

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without confirmation of 10% employer contribution and finance information will not be accepted
  • Applications without Senior Sponsor nominator support will not be accepted

Please apply for both Leadership and Digital Scholarship through the application on this page and if specifically digitally focused, please specify in the application form.

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