AWHONN provides qualified members with opportunities to enhance their initiatives, both academic and professional; in addition recognize the tremendous efforts nurses do within their professions and communities outlined by AWHONN’s mission.

Refer back to this page throughout the year as new and open opportunities are posted.


AWHONN Awards of Excellence recognizes and honors nurses who make extraordinary contributions in promoting the health of women, newborns, and families at the local, state, national, and international levels. Nominations  are currently being accepted and have been extended through April 30, 2020, at 5 pm.

AWHONN’s Maternal Immunization Champion Award recognizes a member who has demonstrated exceptional progress in increasing immunization rates among pregnant women or changing nursing practice related to maternal immunizations. The Immunization Champion is considered an innovator and supporter of maternal immunizations and will be evaluated on their leadership, innovation, collaboration, and/or education activities. Applications close March 27, 2020.


AWHONN and Kimberly Clark/Huggies® will award two scholarships for millennial nurses to attend AWHONN’s Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ on June 13 – 17, 2020.Deadline to apply is March 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST


AWHONN’s commitment to nursing research and scholarship is reflected in our 25-year history of funding nursing research and promoting evidence-based nursing care. Our program is designed primarily for researchers whose efforts are on the beginning developments of a program of research.

Awards are granted to researchers whose proposals investigate variables relevant to women’s health, obstetric, or neonatal nursing. Studies that are clinically focused and outcome based are a priority. Projects that focus on the nurse’s role in delivering cost-effective care in these sub specialties are encouraged and will also be considered.

Other Programs

The AWHONN Emerging Leaders program is a 9 month intensive leadership development opportunity that offers 10 individuals a chance to refine their purpose, learn skills and develop strategies to transform themselves, AWHONN and the field of nursing. Applications are currently open and will close February 29, 2020.