Eligibility and Application

words that NLI fellows used to describe the program

Above: A visual representation of the words NLI Fellows used to describe the program during their final evaluations. The size of each word is proportional to the number of times it appeared.

Before You Begin

Carefully review all of the information on this webpage as well as the following webpages:

Applicants are required to have institutional support for their participation in this program.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact nrsnurseleadershipinstitute@umaryland.edu



Applicants are registered nurses with:

  • an active Maryland nursing license

  • a graduate degree OR
  • a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and:
    • enrollment in a graduate program OR
    • two years in a leadership position

Employed in Maryland within either:

  • academia
  • a health care system
  • a public health/community health organization

Able to:

  • demonstrate leadership potential through your work and professional activities
  • provide documented support from your institution's leadership to participate in all NLI activities
  • provide documented commitment from a nurse mentor

2024 - 25 Application Timeline

March 26 Applications Open
May 1 Early (priority) application submission deadline
June 3 Final application submission deadline
June 21 Applicant notified of decision

Completed applications received by the posted deadline will be reviewed by a committee comprised of academic and practice leaders. All applicants will receive notification of the committee’s decision.


Apply Now

Submit your application using the red button above. 

Please ensure you have the documents below ready before you begin the application because you will not have the opportunity to save your work after you start.

  1. Signed NLI Institutional Support Form

  2. Copy of Active Nursing License  

  3. Personal Narrative
    a two-page personal narrative that describes:
    - career path and accomplishments to date
    - present and future goals
    - what you expect to achieve through your participation in this program

  4. Your Professional Curriculum Vitae

  5. Current Job Description
    - include the number of years in the position

  6.  For BSN Applicants Only:
    - Proof of Registration in Graduate Program OR
    - Description of 2 years in leadership (should be included in the personal narrative)

  7. Mentor Letter of Support
    - a brief description of the mentor’s career and accomplishments
    - a commitment to support the nominee through the yearlong program
    - a commitment to attend mentor designated activities

  8. Mentor Curriculum Vitae