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APA Scholars Program

The APA Scholar Program gives Resident-Fellow and Medical Student Members the chance to network with peers and meet and collaborate with top educators, practitioners, and researchers in psychiatry. APA Scholars attend educational sessions at the in-person Annual Meeting and complete reports on the sessions. The Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee in turn uses this valuable data to improve educational programming each year.

Program Benefits

  • The first 60 Resident-Fellow Members to apply will receive free in-person only registration* for the 2024 Annual Meeting and up to three nights of lodging**.
  • The first 40 Medical Student Members to apply will receive up to three nights of lodging**. There is no registration fee for Medical Students to register for and attend the 2024 Annual Meeting.

Program Expectations

As an APA Scholar, you must attend and report on at least three assigned sessions at the in-person 2024 Annual Meeting in New York City, May 4-8.

Scholar report cards include details on:

  • Number of attendees in the session
  • Efficacy of the speakers
  • Level of engagement between audience and speakers
  • Quality of session content

Application Details

The application period is now closed. 

Award Notification

Accepted applicants will be notified of their PASS Program funding award and their confirmed session schedule by April 1, 2024.

Applicants must already be registered for the 2024 Annual Meeting to apply to be an APA Scholar. Meeting registration fees will be refunded by APA within thirty (30) days after Scholars have submitted their assigned session report cards. Session report cards must be received by May 8, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Session selections are final, and no session changes or substitutions will be allowed. If, in rare cases, a session you select is no longer available, a representative of the Office of Scientific Programs will contact you to select an alternate session. You must attend and report on every session you select in your application.


If you have any questions about the APA Scholar Program, please contact [email protected].

*Scholars' registration fees will be reimbursed by APA after the Scholar has submitted their three (3) session reports, due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 8. Hotel lodging will be paid for by through the APAF PASS Program.

**Room and tax only for up to three (3) nights at a hotel within the APA hotel block provided through the APA PASS Program.

Terms and Conditions

Please consider and plan accordingly to accept this PASS Program travel grant thoughtfully. If you apply to receive the travel award and then later choose not to use it (thus preventing others from receiving a travel award), APAF in its discretion may determine that you will not be eligible for similar award opportunities in the future. By submitting an application for any of the PASS Program opportunities described on this page, you hereby agree to the following terms and conditions if your application is selected by APAF. APAF will provide funding for the selected applicant (“Recipient”) to receive up to three (3) nights lodging (room and tax only) at an identified hotel within the APA hotel block for the 2024 Annual Meeting. APAF shall not be responsible for any other expense, travel or otherwise, which may be incurred or be related to Recipient’s attendance at the 2024 APA Annual Meeting. Award recipients will receive instructions and must book housing at the identified hotel within the APA block. Regardless of the number of nights reserved by Recipient, APAF funding shall only be provided for up to three (3) nights and Recipient shall be responsible for any additional costs. Recipient shall participate in the 2024 APA Annual Meeting in compliance with all applicable rules and terms and conditions related thereto. Recipient is not an employee, representative or agent of APAF and APAF shall not have any liability for any act or omission of Recipient. Recipient shall be solely responsible for their own conduct and shall indemnify and hold harmless the APAF and APA for any liabilities that may result therefrom. Individuals are eligible to receive benefits through only one of the PASS Programs (i.e., a maximum of one registration and three nights lodging, even if the same individual participates in both the Ambassador Program and Resident Scholar Program). PASS program awards will be conferred on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to the number of applicants described above. Applications must be received by March 15, 2024; APAF reserves the right to close the application prior to March 15, 2024 if the maximum number of resident and/or medical student applications are received prior to then.

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