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Rising Psychiatry Scholars Program

APA's Rising Psychiatry Scholars Program (RPSP) is a one-year program offering current undergraduates at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year Tribal College an introduction into the exciting field of psychiatry. RPSP participants will receive MCAT preparation materials, career development opportunities, educational sessions, mentorship, and networking opportunities at APA's Annual Meeting.

RPSP aims to decrease barriers of access in applying to medical school for under-represented minorities (URMs) and to increase the amount of URMs interested in creating social change through a career in psychiatry.

We encourage you to apply today if you interested in:

  • Increasing the knowledge of mental and/or substance use disorder behavioral health professionals on prevention, treatment, and recovery support for individuals who are from racial and ethnic minority populations and have a mental or substance use disorder;
  • Increasing the number of culturally competent mental and substance use disorders professionals who teach, administer services, conduct research, and provide direct mental and/or substance use disorder services to underserved populations; and
  • Improving the quality of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services delivered to racial and ethnic minority populations.

Application submissions are now open. The deadline for applying is Thursday, August 1, 2024.

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Program Benefits

  • Support for pathways to four-year colleges and universities, and the medical school application process.
  • Exposure to the exciting field of psychiatry.
  • Financial support to attend the APA Annual Meeting.
  • Learning and development opportunities.
  • Financial support for Kaplan for AAMC MSAR Subscription

Program Term

October 1, 2024 – September 30, 2025


  • Application
  • Resume
  • Three 300–500-word short essays

Criteria / Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. community college. You must maintain your active full-time enrollment status for the duration of the program.
  • Students enrolled in dual programs with four-year institutions or high school accelerated programs are ineligible.
  • Ability to commit to the duration of the program.

Nomination / Application Details

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August 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)


September 1, 2024


Alexis Victor, [email protected]


APA/APAF SAMHSA MFP RPSP is subject to future funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The American Psychiatric Association and APA Foundation are committed to recruiting, training, and supporting our future psychiatry leaders. The Rising Psychiatry Scholars Program is made possible by funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), under the SM-18-002 Minority Fellowship Program (MFP).

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