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 either the Annual Meeting in May or the IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference in October.

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, they will be assigned a mentor who help maximize their Annual Meeting or IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference experience and discuss career plans and resident training programs.

The 2018 Annual Meeting Travel Award applications are now closed.

The IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference Travel Award application cycle will be open April 13 - June 21, 2018.


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

Number of Awards

10 awardees per year, pending funding


  • Develop interest in the field of psychiatry
  • Provide mentorship from the National Minority Mentor’s Network (NMMN) and current MFP fellows
  • Opportunity to attend workshops and sessions at APA Meetings
  • Access to a lifetime network of a professional association with psychiatrists interested in minority mental health and services
  • Establish relationships and peer-mentorship with a diverse group of medical students with similar career interests and goals


The duration of the meeting.


  • APA Student Member at the time of application
  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. medical school
  • Ability to commit to the duration of the program

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest (not to exceed one-page)
  • Letter from medical school’s Dean’s office indicating the applicant is a medical student in good academic standing

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply to the Annual meeting Travel Award was Jan. 31, 2018.

Award Notification

  • Annual Meeting: March
  • IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference: July

Program Requirements

  • Attend all medical student and fellowship related activities
  • Submit online evaluation
  • Submit 2-3 paragraph outlining meeting experiences

Program Manager

Tatiana P. Claridad

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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2018 Annual Meeting
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Sat,  May  05 - Wed,  May  09
2018 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Thur,  Oct  04 - Sun,  Oct  07