All information including recommendation letters, CV’s Transcripts, and Essays need to be uploaded in the SurveyMonkey Apply fluid system: https://aamft.smapply.org/. The MFP will not accept any submissions via, email or mail.
- Applications opened December 1, 2022 and closed February 18, 2023 at 11:59PM. The AAMFT/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program was open to ALL graduate students in marriage and family therapy Doctoral and Masters programs.
- All notifications regarding whether or not someone is accepted into the fellowship or not will be announced late summer 2023 via e-mail.
- SAMHSA Strategic Objectives can be found here: https://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/strategic-plan-fy2019-fy2023
- Stipend amounts vary each year.
- Applicants do not have to be a visible minority to be in the program.
- Degree within MFT Field: Couple and Therapy Program, Human Development and Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Family Therapy
- Recommendation letters can come from a site supervisor, academic advisor, Program director, mentor.
- Applicant applying for the 2023-2024 Fellowship year must graduate on or after May 2024 to be eligible to apply for the Fellowship.
If they would like additional information:
Application information Webinars:
- Wednesday December 14, 2022 at 2pm EST Click here to join!
- Tuesday January 3, 2023 at 2pm EST Click here to join!
- Tuesday January 24, 2023 at 2pm EST Click here to Join!
- Wednesday February 1, 2023 at 2pm EST Click here to Join!
Core Eligibility Requirements for Both Fellowships
- Be U.S. citizens or have permanent U.S. residence status (I-551 or I-151). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
- Be AAMFT members at the time of selection and for the duration of the Fellowship.
- Be in the first three years of their academic program; *Does not have to be a member during the application time only once they are selected.
- Be enrolled full time (as defined by their academic institution) in a Marriage and Family Therapy program for the duration of the fellowship.
- Three Recommendation Letters are required for NEW applicants. 1 for current fellows who are re-applying to the fellowship; *Recommendation letters can come from a site supervisor, academic advisor, Program director, mentor.
- Demonstrate experience and/or commitment to serving underserved minority populations, including but not limited to ethnic minorities, persons who identify as LGBTQ and people with disabilities.
Eligibility Requirements-Doctoral Fellowship (DF)
All applicants to the MFP-DF must comply with the following eligibility criteria outlined in this section along with the Core eligibility requirements. Applicants must:
- Be in the process of completing the required core courses necessary to begin working on their dissertation.
Note: Students who (1) have a dissertation proposal approved by their academic program/institution and/or (2) have completed all pre-dissertation preparatory course work at any point during the funding year to which they are applying are not eligible for this award.
Eligibility Requirements-Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF) Requirements
All applicants to the MFP-DCF must comply with the following eligibility criteria outlined in this section along with the Core eligibility requirements. Applicants must:
- Be in at least the third year of their academic program.
- Have a dissertation proposal approved by their academic program/institution no later than December 15 of the DCF program year.
- Have completed all required predissertation core courses.
- Be enrolled in courses approved by their academic advisor that will fulfill the research requirements needed to complete their dissertation and doctoral degree.
- Have a dissertation that includes mixed (quantitative and qualitative) research methodology or quantitative research methodology.
Note: Students who cannot provide documentation of their dissertation proposal approval by this date will not be considered to be eligible for (1) participation in the DCF and (2) financial support and other benefits of the Fellowship- irrespective of whether or not they were previously awarded the Fellowship.
Eligibility Requirements- Minority Fellowship Program - Youth (MFP-Y)
All applicants to the MFP-Y must comply with the following eligibility criteria outlined in this section along with the Core eligibility requirements. Applicants must:
- If already enrolled in MFT program, courses must be approved by their academic advisor that will fulfill the requirements needed to complete their Master's degree.
- Demonstrate experience and/or commitment to working with youth and young adults between the ages of 16-25.
Fellows will be required to sign a letter of commitment attesting that they will work for a period of two (2) years in a capacity that addresses the behavioral health needs of racial and ethnic minority populations.
Essays: For each fellowship (4500 Charters each essay maximum)