Policy Fellows

A new initiative in policy development

In 2020, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) in collaboration with the ACN Foundation has established a new program. Up to five ACN Fellows and Members will receive the opportunity to participate in the inaugural ACN Policy Fellow program with scholarships for each individual up to the value of $25,000 (including expenses). The scholarship program is aimed at supporting nursing leaders and experts around health policy advocacy and campaigning on a research area of mutual interest which fits strategically within an existing or emerging health service topic or health policy issue undertaken by ACN. It is expected that the selected Policy Fellows will have completed a postdoctoral degree in nursing or a health-related field, preferably within the previous five years. The scholarship program is designed to enhance research, with a view to Policy Fellows developing and publishing a policy paper with the support of ACN, such as an Issues Paper, Discussion Paper, White Paper or Scoping Review.

The Policy Fellows will work on the following topics:

  • Development of a Scoping Review and Issues Paper regarding Quality Indicators in Aged Care
  • Development of a National Nurse Practitioner Workforce Strategy
  • The impact of a standardised nursing terminology on patient safety
  • Proposals for two further topics will be considered at ACN's discretion



Why apply to be an ACN Policy Fellow?

The successful applicant will receive:

  • a scholarship valued at up to $25,000 (including expenses), and subject to completion of expected outcomes (described below) over the 2020 calendar year
  • the opportunity to gain training and work experience in ACN, a health policy knowledge translation organisation
  • the opportunity to collaborate with a research body or affiliate organisations of ACN
  • the opportunity to participate in the broader work of ACN which may include meetings with senior policymakers, health services providers and academics, visits to government departments
  • support and guidance from ACN’s policy and advocacy team.


How do I apply?

Applications for 2020 have now closed. We will announce the names of the successful applicants soon.