Travel Scholarship for Medical Students

Funded by SAMHSA

These scholarships support travel and related costs for racial/ethnic and underrepresented minority medical students considering a career in psychiatry to attend the Annual Meeting and the Mental Health Services Conference.

This program is a terrific way for medical students to witness organized psychiatry at work and learn more about the field. Not only will students attend sessions for experts and trainees alike, but they will also be assigned a mentor who helps maximize their Annual Meeting or The Mental Health Services Conference experience and discuss career plans and resident training programs.

The APAF Travel Scholarships for Medical Students is supported by funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), under the Minority Fellowship Program.

The 2021 application cycle has ended. The 2022 application cycle will commence on November 1, 2021.


Funding to attend the Annual Meeting or The Mental Health Services Conference

Number of Awards

30 awardees per year, pending funding


The duration of the meeting.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. medical school. You must maintain your active enrollment status for the duration of the program.
  • Ability to commit to the duration of the program

You can apply to as many medical student programs based on your eligibility. However, participation in more than one medical student program simultaneously is not permitted.

Application Requirements

  • Complete online application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest (not to exceed one-page) explaining how the medical student program will impact the applicant's career
  • Letter from medical school's Dean's office indicating the applicant is a medical student in good academic standing

Application Deadline

The 2021 application cycle has ended. The 2022 application cycle will commence on November 1, 2021.

Award Notification

  • Annual Meeting: March
  • The Mental Health Services Conference: June

Program Requirements

  • Attend all medical student related activities
  • Submit an online evaluation

Program Manager

American Psychiatric Association Foundation
c/o Fellowships Team

Phone: 202-459-9782

I left feeling invigorated and much more informed about my future goals and aspirations.

Jessica Isom, Minority Medical Student Annual Meeting Travel Scholarship Alum

I loved that the IPS meeting was a smaller, more cohesive meeting and focused on social determinants of care as well as delivery of services to underserved populations.

Xavier Diao, Minority Medical Student IPS Travel Scholarship Alum

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