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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Funded by APA Foundation

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is designed to develop and enhance interest among general psychiatry residents in pursuing careers in child and adolescent psychiatry and to foster child and adolescent psychiatrists' active involvement in the APA and APAF. This two-year fellowship program provides residents with opportunities to attend and participate in APA Annual meetings and mentoring activities with senior psychiatrists and leaders in the field.

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is funded by the APA Foundation.

Program Benefits

  • Receive mentorship from child and adolescent psychiatrists and leaders
  • Attend a minimum of four APA meetings:
    • Two APA Annual Meetings
    • Two APA September Component Meetings (including attendance at the Fellowship Forum)
  • Attend scientific sessions at the APA Annual Meetings and learn the latest developments in research and treatments for children and adolescents with mental disorders
  • Gain an understanding of APA/APAF governance through service on an APA Council, Committee, or APAF initiative
  • Have the opportunity to sit on the APA Foundation Board of Directors as a non-voting member (one of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows allowed)
  • Cultivate a professional network with psychiatrists through exclusive events and engagements with APA leaders. Establish relationships and peer-mentorship with a diverse group of resident fellows with similar career interests and goals

Program Expectations

  • Maintain APA membership and good standing in one's residency program throughout the fellowship
  • Attend two consecutive APA Meetings, the APA September Components Meetings, and all fellowship related activities
  • Participate in the Fellowship Forum during the APA September Components Meeting
  • Participate on an assigned APA Council, Committee, or APAF work group where organizational decisions are made and gain an understanding of APA/APAF governance
  • Participate in Fellowship teleconferences (a minimum of 50%)
  • Participate in mid-year and year-end evaluations with Fellowship Program Manager.
  • Contribute items for APA/APAF publications or the All Fellows' e-Newsletter.

Number of Awards

Up to 20 per year, pending funding

Program Term

July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2026 (Two consecutive years)

Criteria / Eligibility

  • APA member
  • At least PGY 1 or PGY-2 in accredited U.S. or Canadian psychiatry residency program with two remaining years of training.
  • Have strong interest in child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Open to non-U.S. citizens, non-US residents, and graduates of international medical colleges.

You may apply for as many APA/APAF Fellowships during an application cycle based on your eligibility. However, participation in more than one APA fellowship simultaneously is not permitted.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will be looking for the following competencies in the applicants:

  • Excellence of the candidate's CV (leadership, creativity, clinical skills, extra-curricular activities, publications/presentations)
  • Letters of recommendation (training director's evaluation, other references)
  • Personal statement (compelling story of individual achievement, overcoming of odds)

Nomination / Application Details

  • Completed online application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page personal statement explaining how the fellowship will impact the applicant's career
    • The personal statement should address the following:
      • Your motivation for applying for the fellowship
      • Your leadership experiences
      • Your lived experience including any adversity you may have overcome
  • Three letters of recommendation from psychiatrists, including one letter from the applicant's training director or department chair addressing the trainee's potential contribution to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry

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March 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)




American Psychiatric Association Foundation
c/o Fellowships Team
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