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Public Psychiatry Fellowship

Funded by APA Foundation

The Public Psychiatry Fellowship program provides support for a group of outstanding residents interested in the field of public and community psychiatry. This program creates opportunities for residents to participate in important APA activities, plan workshops at APA meetings, and interact with thought leaders in the field of public psychiatry. The purpose of the Public Psychiatry fellowship program are to (1) provide experiences that will contribute to the professional development of residents who will play leadership roles within the public sector in future years and (2) to heighten awareness of the psychiatric residents of the many activities of psychiatry in the public sector and of the career opportunities in this area.

The Public Psychiatry Fellowship is funded by the APA Foundation.

Program Benefits

  • Attend a minimum of four APA meetings:
    • Two APA Annual Meetings and/or Mental Health Services Conferences
    • Two APA September Component Meetings (including attendance at the Fellowship Forum)
  • Attend courses and workshops at APA meetings and be exposed to training opportunities that develop leaders in public psychiatry
  • Collaborate with other Public Psychiatry Fellows to plan a workshop at the APA meeting
  • 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 Board of Trustees as a non-voting member (one Public Psychiatry Fellow 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
  • Cultivate a professional network with psychiatrists through exclusive events and engagements with APA leaders

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 public/community 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:

  • Public Service and Leadership: Evidence of volunteer work/activities with underserved populations (not including required residency activities), advocacy pursuits and/or leadership and/or collaborative capacity.
  • Creative Pursuits: Evidence of creative activity (i.e.: research, program development, editorials, etc.). Include presentations, publications, and grants.
  • Academic Record: Undergraduate training, medical school, and graduate training (e.g., MPH), special clinical training and/or any awards received by the applicant.
  • Personal Statement: Quality of the personal statement indicating the applicant’s dedication to serving underserved populations with mental illness.

Nomination / Application Details

  • Completed online application form.
  • Curriculum vitae, including if applicable:
    • Special clinical training
    • Creative activity including but not limited to research, program development editorials, presentations, publications or grants, volunteer work, activities with underserved populations (not including required residency activities) or advocacy pursuits
    • Evidence of leadership and/or collaborative capacity
  • 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 dedication to public psychiatry and serving underserved populations
  • Three letters of recommendation from psychiatrists, including one letter from the applicant's training director or department chair

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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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