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Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program

Grants to USA Healthcare Professionals
for Professional Development Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Cambia Health Foundation

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Deadline Date:

06/14/21 3:00 PM PST


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Grants to USA healthcare professionals for projects and activities that support professional development. A Letter of Intent must be submitted before applying. Funding is intended to provide physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, psychologists, chaplains, pharmacists, and health system executives with training that will help them become leaders in the field of palliative care.

Goals of Program

  • Identify outstanding emerging leaders who are physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, chaplains, psychologists, pharmacists and other health system professionals committed to improving access to, knowledge about and quality of palliative care
  • Invest in leadership development, enabling Scholars to use their expertise and influence to create system and policy changes in palliative care locally, regionally and nationally
  • Develop the professional visibility and advance the palliative care expertise of the Sojourns Scholars, enhancing them to advance the field

Program components

  • A two-year clinical, educational, policy, advocacy, health equity or systems change project
  • An individualized leadership development plan to catalyze and enhance the Sojourns Scholar’s emergence and effectiveness as a national leader
  • Annual Sojourns Scholar Leadership Summit
  • Mentorship from the National Advisory Committee
  • Participation as a member of the Sojourns Scholar community of peers

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177395

Number of Grants:

The program will support up to 12 Sojourns Scholars.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Sojourns Scholars receive $180,000 in funding ($90,000 per year over a two-year grant).

Term of Contract:

The Foundation requests that all grants begin December 1 in the year of the program cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment to palliative care.
- At least one local mentor must provide support for the applicant’s project and leadership development.
- The applicant’s home institution will be required to submit a letter signed by a director (CEO, administrator, dean or chair) confirming that at least 50% of the applicant’s time will be dedicated to the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program.
- Applicants should be in a job or at an organization for at least one year at the time of submitting an LOI and have ongoing institutional commitment to their position independent of receiving the Sojourns award. (Rationale: We are looking for emerging leaders who are settled in an organization and have enough seniority or experience when they apply.) For individuals in a university or academic setting, eligible applicants should have a current faculty appointment at the time of LOI submission.
- Awardees should not be a recipient of a career development award at the time of initial Sojourns Scholar program funding (e.g., NIH K award, VA career award, National Palliative Care Research Center award, or other funded career award).

- Nurses: Experienced nurses prepared at the masters and doctoral level (preferred); board certification by the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center preferred.
- Physicians: At least two years out of training preferred; board certification in hospice and palliative medicine preferred.
- Social workers: For clinical social workers, licensure in state of practice and at least two years post-Masters (MSW) preferred. Specialty certification in hospice or palliative care or postgraduate training in oncology, palliative care or hospice preferred. For academic social workers, PhD preferred.
- Physician assistants: Practicing clinical PA with at least two years of experience in hospice or palliative medicine (or critical-care setting), in good standing with NCCPA.
- Chaplains: Master’s degree in theology or related field; board certification in chaplaincy (BCC) (board certification in hospice and palliative care (BCCHPCC) preferred); at least two years chaplain clinical experience in hospice and/or palliative care.
- Psychologists: Licensed clinical psychologist with PhD; at least two years in delivery of psychological counseling services to palliative care populations.
- Pharmacists: At least two years post-completion of PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy); one or more residency years training preferred (completion of post-graduate (PGY-2) residency in pain management and palliative care given top priority although limited programs exist).
- Health systems executives: At least two years post-Master’s degree in public health, business administration or related field preferred; champions of palliative care integration across health care systems.

Pre-Application Information:

Application process
- The application is a two-step process beginning with a Letter of Intent (LOI), followed by a full proposal if invited by Cambia Health Foundation to submit one.
- LOIs, including required attachments, are due by March 8, 2021, at 12 p.m. PST.
- Full Proposal Grant Applications, including required attachments, are due by June 14, 2021, at 3 p.m. PST.
- All applications must be submitted through the Cambia Health Foundation grant application portal. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Applicant must be available to attend a one-hour in-person interview in Portland, Oregon, that will be scheduled on Sep. 28 or 29, 2021. Please consider travel to and from Portland when holding these dates on your calendar. Cambia Health Foundation will pay the Scholar’s travel costs.

Those selected will be notified after the Cambia Health Foundation Board meeting has taken place (which is typically in October or November of the grant cycle year). Grant awards begin December 1. The Foundation requests that all grants begin December 1 in the year of the program cycle.

For Frequently Asked Questions, see the bottom of the URL for Full Text (RFP) link below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Elyse Salend, Program Officer:, (503) 499-1340

Jennifer Fuller, Program Officer:, (503) 225-5154

Emily Rogers, Program Specialist:, (503) 721-4038

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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