Canadian Nurses Foundation






The Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF) was founded in 1962 by the Canadian Nurses Association. The mission of CNF is

"to advance nursing knowledge and improve health care by providing research grants, awards, and scholarships to Canadian nurses and nursing students. We raise funds for our activities through diverse partnerships with responsible organizations and individuals who share our goals".

CNF is the only national foundation solely committed to financially supporting Canadian nurses engaged in higher education, research, and specialty certification.

ARNNL Education & Research Trust 25th Anniversary Scholarship

Members attending the 2009 Trust annual meeting unanimously approved a resolution to establish a perpetual scholarship with CNF as part of their Nursing 4.0 fundraising campaign. A donation of $125,000 was made over a four year period to establish the scholarship, which is available to members pursuing a Doctoral degree. This very important initiative will help our province address the need for more doctoral prepared nurses to teach in our educational programs and to conduct research that advances nursing knowledge.

The scholarship is valued at $4,500. Recipients are registered nurses from NL pursuing a doctoral degree who have demonstrated academic excellence during undergraduate and graduate studies, and leadership in the nursing profession and/or community service.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada and in addition, applicants must declare that NL is their primary residence.*
  • Applicants must be studying in Canada at a Canadian University.**
  • Applicants normally will be enrolled in a Nursing PhD program. If enrolled in a different health-related field, the applicant must provide a rationale for how the studies will promote advancement in nursing.
  • Applicants must be a member in good standing with CRNNL.***

* Applicants are permitted to be studying in another Canadian province, however their primary residence must be NL.
** An exception may be made for applicants registered in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program, if there is no equivalent offered by a Canadian university.
***Applicants must provide proof to CNF of a current practicing license, non-practicing membership or resignation in good standing.

Please see the CNF website for the application deadline.  Applications must be submitted no later than midnight on the deadline date. If you need to mail supporting documentation to CNF's office, it must be postmarked on or before the deadline date. 

The online application form is available on the Canadian Nurses Foundation website. If you need guidance with the application, please contact