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Become a Fellow of the APA

Take the next step in your psychiatric career and become a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Why become a Fellow?

  • Fellow status is an honor that reflects your dedication to the work of the APA and signifies your allegiance to the psychiatric profession.
  • You are recognized by your colleagues in the Association as a member of a very select group.
  • All newly appointed Fellows are publicly recognized at the Convocation of Distinguished Fellows, which is held every year during APA's Annual Meeting.
  • You receive a lapel pin in recognition of your status.
  • Annual dues rates for General Members and Fellows are the same.

What are the guidelines and criteria for eligibility?

To become a Fellow, a Member must have at least two of the following:

  • Must be a current APA General Member or Life Member in good standing for at least three years.
  • Served in a psychiatric leadership position on a national, district branch or international psychiatric association for over five years.
  • Is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the American Osteopathic Association.

There is a 30-day review period for the district branch to offer comments about the Fellowship candidate. Approval by the APA Membership Committee takes place in in the fall, and approval by the APA Board of Trustees takes place in December.

How do I apply?

Fellow applications must be submitted by September 1.

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Are you an International Member?

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