General Psychiatry Fellowships and Awards

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Grant

The NARSAD Young Investigator Grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Two-year awards up to $70,000, or $35,000 per year, are provided to enable promising investigators to either extend research fellowship training or begin careers as independent research faculty. Basic and/or clinical investigators are supported, but research must be relevant to serious brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or child and adolescent mental illnesses. Learn More

The Commonwealth Fund Fellowships

The Commonwealth Fund offers 4 fellowships in healthcare policy, healthcare practice, and health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations and early childhood development and prevention. Learn More

Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards

Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degree – typically within the 5 previous years. Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities, and social sciences. These grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. Grantees will be expected to engage with graduate students in the host country and to continue their specialized training in cutting edge research. In addition to their primary research or teaching activities, grantees will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host country academic community. Learn More

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program

Established in 1989, the Medical Research Fellows Program aims to strengthen and expand the nation’s pool of physician-scientists, dentist-scientists, and veterinarian-scientists. More than 1,600 students have participated in the program, which allows students to choose their own mentor; develop a basic, translational, or applied research project; and conduct full-time research for 1 full year. Medical Fellows conduct research at an academic or nonprofit institution in the United States, except the National Institutes of Health or other federal agencies; at HHMI's Janelia Research Campus, or at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) in Durban, South Africa. The program provides unparalleled enrichment opportunities with HHMI investigators, other renowned physician-scientists, alumni, and peers to enhance career development and build community. Learn More

MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program

There are 3 criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work. The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through institutions. Recipients may be writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers, entrepreneurs, or those in other fields, with or without institutional affiliations. They may use their fellowship to advance their expertise, engage in bold new work, or, if they wish, to change fields or alter the direction of their careers. Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a lifetime achievement award, but rather an investment in a person's originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose of the MacArthur Fellows Program is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society. The Foundation does not require or expect specific products or reports from MacArthur Fellows and does not evaluate recipients' creativity during the term of the fellowship. The MacArthur Fellowship is a "no strings attached" award in support of people, not projects. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $625,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over 5 years. Learn More

McLean Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training and Fellowships

Since its founding in 1811, as the original psychiatric department of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), McLean Hospital continues to be a world leader in the treatment and study of psychiatric illness and the training of generations of clinicians and investigators. McLean Hospital is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of the Partners HealthCare system, which allows for comprehensive coordination of medical and psychiatric services and training activities. A major teaching facility of Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital maintains the largest program of research in neuroscience and psychiatry of any private psychiatric hospital in the United States. Learn More

The National Academies Fellowships and Postdoctoral Positions

The Academies offer several fellowships in science, engineering, and medicine. Information on eligibility guidelines and application deadlines is available on specific programs. Learn More

National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Intramural Research Awards Program

The Postdoctoral Intramural Research Awards Program provides new postdoctoral fellows with advanced training and an opportunity to conduct full-time research in a laboratory environment that is compatible with the interests of the participant. Candidates for the program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a doctoral degree and less than 5 years of relevant postdoctoral experience. The research activities and professional development of the fellow are conducted under the auspices of an experienced senior investigator. Fellows are encouraged to participate in tutorial seminars, journal clubs and other NIH-sponsored teaching programs. Awards are made initially for 1 or 2 years and may be extended to 5 years, depending upon an annual review of the participant’s research accomplishments and the availability of institutional resources. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis. Learn More

National Institute of Mental Health Clinical Fellowship and PGY4 Programs

The Office of Fellowship Training in the Intramural Research Programs works with individuals who are interested in the research conducted in the labs of the National Institute of Mental Health. This website lists different categories of fellowships or training programs, according to level of experience. A few programs are open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only, while others are open to foreign scientists. Please read the descriptions carefully in order to find the category that fits your level of experience. Learn More

National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Learn More

Pew Biomedical Scholars Program

The current grant level is $240,000; $60,000 per year for a 4-year period. In 2016, Pew will name the next Class of Pew Scholars. For the 32nd series of awards, to be made in 2016, 1 nomination will be invited from each of the participating institutions. Participating institutions have been selected on the basis of the scope of their work in biomedical research and recommended to The Pew Charitable Trusts by the National Advisory Committee of the Program. Learn More

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are collaborating to foster the development of physicians who will lead the transformation of Americans’ health and health care through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program. These future leaders will conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners, and policy-makers to address issues essential to the health and well-being of all Americans. For more than 3 decades, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program has fostered the development of physicians who are leading the transformation of U.S. health and health care through positions in academic medicine, public health, and other leadership roles. The goal of the program is to integrate scholars’ clinical expertise with training in program development and research methods. This combination of skills can help them find solutions for the challenges posed by the U.S. health care system and the health of U.S. communities. The program offers master’s degree, graduate-level study and research in a university-based, post-residency training program. The Clinical Scholars program generally involves 2 years of study with generous protected time for research. Scholars train at one of the following participating institutions: the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Michigan; the University of Pennsylvania; and Yale University. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scholars also train at their affiliated VA medical centers. Although their programs vary in design and emphasis, each institution has developed a core structure that introduces scholars to the methods used in health care research, and each offers formal coursework, individual mentorship, and guidance in project development. Learn More

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program provides 4-year postdoctoral research awards to physicians and dentists from historically underrepresented groups. The longstanding program seeks to increase the number of senior-level physicians and dentists from historically disadvantaged backgrounds in academic medicine and dentistry. Up to 9 research awards are given each year, and scholars devote 4 consecutive years to basic/biomedical, clinical, or health services/epidemiology research. The award facilitates the transition of newly-trained clinicians who wish to develop into independent investigators. Scholars receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000 each, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant to support research activities. During their time, scholars study and conduct research in association with a senior faculty member located at an academic medical or dental center noted for the training of young faculty. Scholars must identify a prospective mentor who has substantial research experience and who is willing to provide guidance for their research training. Learn More

Society for Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)

This site contains a list of current SOBP fellowship awards. Learn More

University of California Davis Research Fellowship in Psychiatry for Physicians

The research fellowship in psychiatry was developed to attract physicians into research and provide training that enables them to eventually become independent investigators. This fellowship is intended for young physician investigators (M.D. or D.O. only) who have recently completed psychiatry residency training and are committed to an academic career. The 2-year training program provides multiple opportunities to acquire research skills, take didactic courses related to research, formulate research hypotheses, collect, analyze, and publish data, and learn grantsmanship skills. Full funding is provided by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Fellows are enrolled in the research training curriculum of the UC Davis K30 Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (MCRTP). The MCRTP is a component of the UC Davis Clinical Translational Science Center, part of a national consortium funded by NIH. The MCRTP offers a 2-year curriculum and electives that are individually tailored to each scholar's career development needs. Courses on many topics relevant to the conduct of clinical and translational research are offered, including research design, biostatistics, database management, ethics, fiscal and protocol compliance, grant writing, career development, and academic-industry partnerships. Learn More

University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry Training for Transformative Discovery in Psychiatry

This Research Training Program is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and based in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry, at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. It is open to M.D.s and Ph.D.s who are interested in enhancing their skills in conducting translational neuroscience research, with the intent of transitioning to an independent academic research career. Learn More


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