Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships

Grants are awarded to eligible institutions to provide financial support through traineeships for registered nurses enrolled in advanced education nursing programs to prepare nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse administrators, nurse educators, public
health nurses and nurses in other specialties determined by the Secretary to require advanced education.

Examples of Funded Projects

Funded projects provide financial support to nursing students enrolled full-time or part-time in a nursing education program to cover the costs of tuition and fees, books and reasonable living allowance.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - Ms. Karen Breeden, Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-C26, Parklawn Building, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-6333.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

For 2007, 347 awards were made; for 2008, 316 awards were made; and for 2009, 340 estimated awards will be made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can only be used to pay all or part of the costs of tuition, books, and fees of the program of advanced nurse education, and reasonable living expenses of the individual during the period for which the traineeship is provided.

No more than 10 percent of the traineeship funds may be obligated for individuals in doctoral degree programs.

In direct costs and trainee travel are not allowed.

Maximum period of support is limited to 36 months of full or part-time study for each graduate student.

Nurse anesthetist students are only eligible for traineeship support during their first year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are collegiate schools of nursing, academic health centers, and other private or public nonprofit entities accredited by a recognized body or bodies or State agency, approved for the purpose of nursing education by the Secretary of Education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The participating institutions select traineeship recipients. A candidate must be enrolled in an advanced education nursing program for preparation as a nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, public health nurse, nurse administrator, nurse educator, or other nurse specialty determined by the Secretary to require advanced education. The candidate must be pursing a master's or doctoral degree, a combined RN to master's degree, nurse-midwifery certificate in existence on November 12, 1998, or a post-nursing master's certificate. The candidate must be a citizen of the United States, non-citizen national, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Please visit the Web site at to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee which will make funding recommendations to the Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health Professions. The Associate Administrator has the authority to make final selections for awards.

Award Procedures

Notification is made in writing through a Notice of Grant Award issued from the Headquarters Office.



Public Health Service Act, Title VIII, Section 811, 42 U.S.C. 296j, as amended; Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 2 to 3 months after receipt of application.




Applications must be submitted annually.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project periods are for (1) year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual financial status reports.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


All records must be maintained until expiration of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions remain following the 3-uear period, such as those raised as a result of an audit or an on-going enforcement action, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $16,000,000; FY 08 $16,000,000; and FY 09 est. $16,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 08: Range is $1,829 to $303,094; Average is $50,633.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Ms. Karen Breeden, Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-C26, Parklawn Building, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-6333.

Headquarters Office

Grants Management Office: Rick Goodman, Director, Division of Grants Management Operations, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16. Health Services Branch: (301) 443-2385; Research and Training Branch: (301) 443-3099; Government and Special Focus Branch: (301) 443-3288.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Eligible applicants must meet all applicable Federal guidelines and/or graduates must be eligible for national nursing organization certification, and/or programs must meet other national organizational guidelines, as appropriate, in the nursing field of study.

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