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.


The senior researcher and young research psychiatrist must be:

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


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

Nomination Requirements

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.

Submission Information

Applicants are required to submit their application to Cierra Williams at For all email correspondence, please type in the subject of your email: "Kempf Fund Award."


September 1

Award Notification

Late December/early January

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.

Award Presentation

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

Staff Contact

Cierra Williams


APA Awards

Each year APA honors individuals for career recognition, lifetime service, outstanding research, and other categories that improve the lives of people with mental illness.

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2022 Annual Meeting
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Sat,  May  21 - Wed,  May  25
2023 Annual Meeting
  • San Francisco, Calif.
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