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 and identify a mentor, preferably from their institution, who agrees to participate in the one-year program including attending sessions designed for mentors.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Jill Sullivan at 410-706-7679 or via email.



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 by either:

  • a Maryland school of nursing
  • a Maryland hospital/health care entity/practice

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

2020-21 Application Timeline

April 15 Call for applications opens
June 26 Application submission deadline
July 15 Applicant notified of decision
July 25 Applicant confirms acceptance
Sept. 3 Official start of program

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. Selected applicants are required to confirm their participation no later than July 25, 2020.


Apply Now

All applicants will apply online using the link above and must submit the following:

  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. Professional Vitae

  5. Current Job Description
    (Include the number of years in the position)

  6. Proof of Registration in Graduate Program (for BSN applicants only)

  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 C.V.

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