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Kempf Fund Award

The Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry, established in 1988, recognizes a senior researcher who has made a significant contribution to research on the causes and treatment of schizophrenia as both a researcher and a mentor. An award is also made to support the career development of a young research psychiatrist working in a mentor-trainee relationship with the award winner. Funded by the estate of Dorothy C. Kempf.

Program Benefits

$1,500 to the senior researcher awardee, $20,000 to the awardee’s protégé, Engraved Plaque

Criteria / Eligibility

The senior researcher and young research psychiatrist must be:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S. or Canada

Nomination / Application Details

For the senior researcher:

  • A self-nomination letter or a letter from the chairperson of a department of psychiatry
  • The letter must describe the nominee's:
    • Overall contribution to the body of research in schizophrenia
    • Role and contribution as a mentor to younger colleagues, including comments about the young research psychiatrist he/she will be mentoring
  • Submission of a paper or book that is the nominee's most significant contribution
  • Curriculum vitae

For the young research psychiatrist mentee:

  • Outline of qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • How the awards funds would be used, abiding by rules and regulations of the home institution and determined jointly by the nominee and trainee
  • One-page career development plan

Please include nominee's complete contact information.

Applicants are required to submit their application to Cirerra Williams at [email protected].

For all email correspondence, please type in the subject of your email: "Kempf Fund Award."


October 7


Late December/early January

Award Presentation

Presented at the Early Research Career Breakfast held during APA's Annual Meeting in May.


Cierra Williams
[email protected]

Should the selecting body determine in a given year that there are no appropriate recipients, it shall either award $1,500 and a plaque or certificate to an individual researcher for a specific contribution to the advancement of schizophrenia research or make no award.

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