KE Future Nurse Leader Fellowship

NSRH seeks to cultivate a diverse community of nurse leaders in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) who come from the communities they serve and represent the patients that are seeking their care. In order to do this, we know we must address the lack of diversity we see in nursing education and the sector at large. According to 2020 data released by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 67.8% of BSN graduates are white with Master, Research Doctorate, and DNP graduate diversity mirroring those numbers. Meanwhile, the 2017 National Nursing Workforce Survey revealed that over 80% of surveyed RNs were white. 6.2% of surveyed RNs were Black, 7.5% were Asian, 5.3% were Hispanic or Latinx, 0.4% were American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 0.5% were Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. While LPNs and VNs were more racially diverse, less that 1/3 identified as racial minorities.

In 2021, we are launching a Fellowship program to provide targeted resources and support to a cohort of underrepresented nurses in our Network (especially Black, Indigenous and Latinx) to help them fulfill their leadership goals. The Fellowship cohort will be comprised of students who:

  • Attend an ADN or LPN program, and/or
  • Attend an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions), or TCU (Tribal Colleges and Universities), and/or
  • Attend a University or program in an underrepresented region, and/or
  • Represent an underrepresented group within the sector, and
  • Are interested in developing themselves as nurse leaders in SRH by either starting NSRH Chapters or leading other relevant efforts on their campuses.


The Karen Edlund (KE) Future Nurse Leader Fellowship fuels nursing students to leverage their power and become leaders in SRH, reproductive rights (RR) and Reproductive Justice (RJ). We believe that through intentional support and development of underrepresented nurses, we can shift the power structure of nursing and transform healthcare to not only include, but celebrate sexual and reproductive health.

Over the course of six months, Fellows will gain:



  • Understanding of SRH, RJ, and RR
  • Professional & leadership skills

  • Relationships with key SRH providers and advocates

  • Skills, tools, and resources for navigating the healthcare system and challenging white supremacy


Fellows will start their experience by attending our Fellowship Orientation in Spring 2021.

During the six-month period, Fellows will commit to 2.5 hours/week* of study and action. This will include virtual events and webinars, peer-to-peer role plays/activities, professional development coaching sessions, and individualized study through the NSRH Online Institute (one course/week). Topics for these events and activities will range, including but not limited to:

  • Contraception
  • Options Counseling
  • Abortion 101
  • Working with At-risk populations
  • Job Hunting 101 & Interviewing
  • Understanding Workplace Policies & Procedures
  • Reproductive Justice for Nurses
  • Digital Organizing
  • Institutional Advocacy
  • Media and Messaging Training

*This is an average with some hour-long events happening once/month.




For their participation, Fellows will receive a stipend of $1,000 as well as free access to NSRH events and activities. Discounted partner organization memberships and conference registration may also apply.



Nurse Leaders Project

In addition to the regular study and action, Fellows will be asked to complete a Nurse Leaders Project which they will work on throughout the course of their Fellowship. The goal of the Nurse Leaders Project is to help students achieve their personal and professional goals while advancing SRH, RJ, and RR in their community. Fellows are eligible to apply for up to $300 of funding from NSRH to support them in completing this project.

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Reproductive Justice Teach-In
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner student seminar
  • NSRH Abortion Care Education (ACE) Elective campus symposium
  • Transgender local community health guide
  • Abortion fund fundraiser

Final projects will be presented at the graduation event in Fall 2021.

Group of students talking at NSRH Activist Conference

How to Apply

The Fellowship timeline will run Spring-Summer 2021. Applications must be submitted by February 5, 2021.

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For more information, check out our Application Guide. If you have any questions about the Fellowship, email [email protected]