Funded by APA Foundation
The Psychiatric Research Fellowship provides funding for an early research career psychiatrist to design and conduct a health services/policy-related research study using national data housed at the APA. The fellow's research activities will be carried out under the supervision and guidance of a mentor at his/her institution in collaboration with his/her mentor(s) at the APA Division of Research.
The deadline to apply was January 30, 2017. The 2018 application cycle will open Fall 2017.
- $45,000 stipend
- Funding to attend 4-5 APA meetings
Number of Awards
One per year, pending funding
- Receive mentorship from established researchers in the field of psychiatry in the design and implementation of his/her research study.
- Access to secondary national data (e.g., CMS Claims data; APA Registry data [when available]) to carry out his/her research study.
- Present his/her research at one or more APA meetings.
- Opportunity to attend additional meetings that provide further mentorship in psychiatric research (e.g., Early Research Career Breakfast).
- Have access to a lifetime network of APA member experts working in the field of psychiatric research.
- Establish relationships and peer-mentorship with a diverse group of residents and fellows with similar career interests and goals.
- Participate on an assigned APA council where organizational decisions are made.
- Gain an understanding of APA Governance through service on an APA council.
- Appear in the APA Convocation of Distinguished Fellows Program Book listings.
Two consecutive years
July 2017 – June 2019
Eligibility at the Time of Matriculation
- APA member or eligible to become a member of the APA.
- Psychiatrist who have received their M.D. or D.O. degree and who have completed residency training in general psychiatry or child psychiatry immediately prior to the time the fellowship commences.
- Senior residents (e.g., PGY3+) with at least 50% protected time for research during the fellowship period are also encouraged to apply.
- Trained in accredited U.S. or Canadian psychiatry residency program.
- Have at least 50% protected time for research during the fellowship period.
- Demonstrate significant research potential.
- Prior research experience is preferred.
- Early research career psychiatrists in traditionally underrepresented groups will be given high priority.
Participation in more than one APA fellowship simultaneously is not permitted.
- Must be nominated by the chairperson of a department of psychiatry only
- Must be the sole resident per residency program nominated
- Completed online application form
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter from the nominee's department chair detailing:
- Nominee's accomplishments and activities
- Institutional resources available to support the nominee's research endeavors should the award fund be insufficient to cover both the resident's salary and related research expenses
- View additional guidelines for reference letters
- Nominee's personal statement describing:
- Career goals
- Specific research objectives, specific plans for meeting those objectives and a proposed timeline of deliverables
Projects that are focused on and yield findings relevant for psychiatric practice findings are encouraged. Competitiveness will be assessed by achievable goals.
- Nominee's preceptor's statement describing his/her accomplishments as both a researcher and mentor, and the specific responsibilities the preceptor would have regarding the nominee's research training plan.
Applications are no longer being accepted.
Recipients must commit during the two–year fellowship to:
- Design a research study that will address a major research topic impacting psychiatric practice that will benefit from the utilization of secondary data that are available in the Division of Research at the APA.
- Create a research training or career development plan with his/her institutional and APA Division of Research mentors.
- Maintain APA membership and good standing in one's training program.
- Contribute to the work of an APA council (in-person meetings, conference calls, email discussions and Council work groups).
- Contribute a minimum of 50% of his/her time to research activities.
- Attend 4–5 APA meetings:
- One or both APA Annual Meetings to present his/her research findings.
- Two APA September Components Meetings (including attendance at the All Fellows' Orientation and meeting at APA headquarters to work with his/her APA mentors)
- One additional trip to APA headquarters to meet with his/her APA mentors.
- Participate in monthly meetings with his/her institutional and APA Division of Research mentors.
- Schedule mid-year and year-end evaluations with Fellowship Program Director and Manager.
- Contribute items for the All Fellows' e-newsletter and/or submit a post to the APA blog.
- Submit a brief year-end report outlining the status of one's research and fellowship experience.
- The stipend will be dispersed on a quarterly basis.
- $45,000 stipend will be paid to each institution for disbursement to the fellow and must be paid before December 31 of the year in which the award is given.
- The fellow's institution must agree not to deduct indirect costs or tuition payments (but may augment the stipend).
- The department chair will be asked to assure that time will be allocated for the fellow to conduct research with a minimum of 50% of the mentee's time being spent on his/her research activities.
- The stipend may only cover the fellow's salary or expenses related to mentee's research program (This does not include the funding to attend the 4-5 APA meetings mentioned in the Award section).
Keila D. Barber, M.H.S.
Applicants are required to email the program manager after submitting the online application to verify receipt. For all email correspondence, please type in the subject of your email: "Psychiatric Research Fellowship."