Program Application Information
Below you will find pertinent information needed to apply to the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program.
Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program FAQs
No, as a charitable foundation our grants are designated for qualifying 501 (C) (3) organizations.
The Foundation requests that all grants begin December 1 in the year of the program cycle.
Please address the letter: Cambia Health Foundation 200 SW Market St Portland, OR 97201
You may provide an Appendix or Appendices to your written proposal. Please include at the end of the proposal narrative and as part of the PDF document that you upload into the system. The Appendix will not be counted toward the narrative proposal page limit.
The grant is for two years beginning December 1. Your project may be part of a larger effort that will last longer than two years but the grant period and related funding can only be spent during the two-year grant period per the Letter of Agreement. The foundation does allow for a grant time extension if necessary once the grant is awarded. The grant extension policy will be reviewed with Scholars once the grant is in place.
The foundation learned after posting the 2020 RFP that the board certification in chaplaincy for hospice and palliative care has been updated to BCC-PCHAC. We will update our future materials to reflect this change.
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.
No, we currently only fund people and projects in the United States. Our investments in Sojourns and the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program are focused nationally.
No, projects should not have two PIs. Each grant is awarded to one individual.
A mentor is a coach, guide, tutor, facilitator, counselor and trusted advisor. A mentor is someone willing to spend their time and expertise to guide the development of a colleague.
Yes, the first step of the application process is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by the required deadline.
You receive an email from the foundation indicating the status of your LOI.
If you currently do not have another leadership award but the $90K will not cover 1/2 of your salary, you can make up the difference through other sources; likely other sponsored research projects. You can spend 50% of your time on this project and get your full 50% salary covered with other sponsored sources. As long as 50% of your time is allocated to your project and leadership plan, the other funding for your salary can come from elsewhere. Your institution is required to submit a letter of support regarding the 50% time commitment.
The applicant’s home institution will be required to submit a letter signed by a director confirming that at least 50% of the applicant’s time will be dedicated to the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program.
A mentee is a student, protégé, apprentice and eager learner. A mentee seeks advice in order to grow personally and/or professionally.
Yes. They would both be expected to submit a letter of support per the requirements. Please combine the two letters into your PDF document that you upload into the system when you submit your application.
The mentorship plan might include a description of the purpose of the mentor relationship; the format of the mentoring (i.e. phone, in-person meetings, etc.); and a proposed timeline or outline of specific topics that will be addressed.
The mentor can be from another field. Their letter should describe how they will mentor you and their qualifications for helping you achieve your goals.
No. The mentor should be someone who has the expertise and experience to help you on your project and career development plan. They should also be available and committed to mentoring you.
Not necessarily. Some questions that you might ask yourself before applying are: “How will a Sojourns Scholar Leadership Award help me to become a national leader in the field? How will my project and leadership development plan elevate my career to the next level?”
The Scholars grants begin December 1 in the year of the program cycle, which makes you eligible to apply. You should provide the status of your current award or grant funding in your application.
Yes, it is helpful to the reviewers if you provide a brief budget narrative.
Your professional development may include travel to meetings. Per the budget guidelines, professional development costs can include: expenses for such purposes as taking classes, hiring a coach, leadership and/or implementation science training, and attending conferences. The budget for professional development should not exceed $7000 total over the two-year period.
You do not need to include these costs in your budget. Travel to and from Portland for the interview and/or Sojourns Scholar Leadership Summit will be paid by the Foundation.
Yes, the request amount should not be greater than $180,000.
Yes, the budget should account for all of the project expenses, including personnel and your leadership development activities.
The “Budget Guidelines” tab in the budget template provides details about appropriate and/or permitted expenses related to Personnel, Project-related expenses, Professional Development and Indirect costs.
No. We expect that the mentor relationship be “pro-bono.” Under the “professional development” category, grant funds may be used to pay for a coach or a consultant on the project. However, a paid coach or consultant would not qualify as a mentor. We believe that paying a mentor would drastically change the relationship and purpose of mentoring.
Yes. This should fall under the “personnel” section of the budget per the guidelines.
Yes. We understand that some projects may need additional staff in order to be implemented, but would not want to see a large portion of the grant going to other people. The purpose of the grant is for the individual to conduct a project that will have impact on the field of palliative care on a national level and advance the individual’s career, and help them to become a national leader in the field.