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Diversity Leadership Fellowship

Funded by APA Foundation

The APA/APAF Diversity Leadership Fellowship identifies and motivates minority psychiatry residents or those interested in minority and vulnerable populations who, through the experiential and training opportunities of the fellowship, will become well equipped to teach, administer, and provide culturally competent, evidence based mental health and substance abuse services to diverse minority groups and at-risk populations. These populations include—but are not limited to—American Indians/Native Alaskans, Asian Americans/Native Hawaiians/Native Pacific Islanders, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, LGBTQ, and religious minorities

The APA/APAF Diversity Leadership Fellowship program falls under the umbrella of the APA/APAF Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) that includes:

  1. SAMHSA MFP
  2. Diversity Leadership Fellowship

The APA/APAF Diversity Leadership Fellowship is funded by the APA Foundation.

Program Benefits

  • Attend a minimum of four APA meetings:
    • Two APA Annual Meetings or Mental Health Services Conferences
    • Two APA September Component Meetings (including attendance at the All Fellows' Orientation)
  • Develop leadership skills in the field of psychiatry and advance understanding of the life experiences of racial ethnic minority communities
  • Gain an understanding of APA/APAF Governance through service on an APA Council, Committee, or APAF initiative
  • Receive mentorship from the National Minority Mentor's Network (NMMN) and at multiple levels throughout APA
  • Participate in workshop presentations at APA meetings
  • Attend courses and workshops at APA Meetings and attend training opportunities that develop psychiatry leaders with an interest in improving the quality of mental health care for diverse and underserved populations
  • Have the opportunity to sit on the APA Board of Trustees as a non-voting member (one SAMHSA or Diversity Leadership fellow allowed)
  • Receive 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 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 Annual Meetings, the APA September Components Meetings, and all fellowship related activities
  • Participate in the All Fellows Orientation 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
  • Propose a scientific session for the APA Annual Meeting with guidance from an assigned mentor.
  • Participate in Fellowship teleconferences (a minimum of 75%)
  • Participate in mid-year and year-end evaluations with Fellowship Program Manager.
  • Contribute items for the All Fellows' e-Newsletter and/or submit a post to the APA blog.

Number of Awards

Up to 15 per year, pending funding

Duration

Two consecutive years

Program Term

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024

Eligibility at the Time of Matriculation

  • Be an APA member
  • At least a PGY-2 in an accredited U.S. or Canadian psychiatry residency program with two remaining years of training.
  • Open to non-U.S. citizens, non-US residents, and graduates of international medical colleges.
  • All applicants are welcome to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

You can 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.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page personal statement explaining how the fellowship will impact the applicant's career
  • Three letters of recommendation from psychiatrists, including one letter from Training Director addressing trainee's contribution to minority and underserved populations

Selection Criteria

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

  • Excellence of the candidate's CV (leadership, creativity, clinical skills, extra-curricular activities, publications/presentations)
  • Strong letters of recommendation (training director's evaluation, other references)
  • Compelling personal statement

Application Deadline

  • January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)

Award Notification

March

Contact

American Psychiatric Association Foundation
c/o Fellowships Team

Email: [email protected]

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