Awards and Competitions


APA Resident Recognition Awards

The APA Resident Recognition Awards will be presented annually to a psychiatric resident or fellow from each department or institution. Departments are eligible to nominate one APA resident-fellow member who exemplify one or more APA values.

  • Deadline: March 31

Assembly Resident-Fellow Member Mentor Award

The Assembly Resident-Fellow Member (RFM) Mentor Award is given to APA members who advocate for and mentor future psychiatrists.

  • Deadline: March 27

Kempf Fund for Development Research in Psychobiological Psychiatry

The award provides a grant for the research development career of a young investigator based on excellence in research in the field of schizophrenia.

  • Deadline: November 17,


American Psychiatric Leadership Fellowship

The two-year fellowship offers psychiatric residents, with exceptional leadership potential, many different experiences that prepare them for leadership roles. Only the Chair of the Department or the Director of the Training Program can nominate.

  • Deadline: January 15

APA Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Designed to promote interest among general psychiatry residents in pursuing careers in child and adolescent psychiatry. Fellows will learn about new clinical research, successful treatments for children and adolescents with mental disorders, and many other issues associated with child and adolescent mental health.

  • Deadline: January 15

APA Minority Fellowships

These fellowships endeavors to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and substance abuse care by providing specialized training to psychiatry residents and medical students interested in serving minority communities.

  • Deadline: January 15

APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship

This two-year fellowship provides experiences that will contribute to the professional development of residents who will play future leadership roles within the public sector psychiatry and heighten awareness of the public psychiatry activities and career opportunities.

  • Deadline: January 15

Jeanne Spurlock, M.D. Congressional Fellowship

This fellowship provides all psychiatry residents, fellows and early career psychiatrists an opportunity to work in a congressional office on federal health policy, particularly policy related to child and/or minority issues.

  • Deadline: January 15

Psychiatric Research Fellowship

This fellowship sponsors two post-graduate psychiatry trainees specifically to focus on research and personal scholarship.

  • Deadline: January 15

Resident Psychiatric Research Scholars

This one year fellowship provides mentoring and career enrichment opportunities and travel support to the APA Annual Meeting.

  • Deadline: January 15


MindGames Residency Competition

APA’s national residency team competition. This competition is intended to be a fun, educational activity that challenges the residents on patient care and medical knowledge.

  • Team Registration Deadline: January 30

Resident Poster Competition

Best poster from each of the 5 categories: (1) Community Service, (2) Patient Oriented & Epidemiology, (3) Curriculum Development and Education, (4) Psychosocial and Biomedical Research and (5) Clinical Case Studies.

  • Deadline for Annual Meeting: September 30


Resident Leadership Conference

A full day of leadership sessions to help incoming chief residents enhance their self-awareness and learn skills to both be a clinician and leader.

  • Sessions are held at APA Annual Meeting

Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators

The colloquium provides guidance, mentorship and encouragement to young investigators in the early phases of their training. Held during the APA Annual Meeting.

  • Deadline: December 15

Fellowships and Awards From Other Organizations

Listing of fellowships, travel grants and awards for residents and fellows from other psychiatry organizations.


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2016 Annual Meeting
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Sat,  May  14 - Wed,  May  18
2016 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
  • Washington, D.C.
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