Funded by a grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MFP has created the Predoctoral Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Fellowship to support the training of practitioners in behavioral health services and prevention. This fellowship program is designed for students in clinical, counseling and school psychology, and other psychology doctoral students whose training prepares them for careers in behavioral health services.

Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or noncitizen nationals.
  • Have a strong commitment to a career in behavioral health services or policy serving communities of color. Applicants must sign a letter of commitment attesting that they will work for a period of two years in a capacity that addresses that behavioral health needs of communities of colors.
  • Be enrolled full-time in an APA-accredited doctoral program during the fall term immediately following the application deadline. Doctoral programs must receive APA accreditation by the application deadline to be eligible.
  • Not be interns; no fellowship support is available during a student’s internship year.
  • Be enrolled in doctoral academic program full-time (as defined by your university) during the entirety of the MFP appointment period.
  • Sign a letter of commitment attesting that they will work for a period of two years in a capacity that addresses the behavioral health needs of communities of color.
  • It is not required for applicants to come from communities of color; however, African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, American Arabs, Middle Eastern, North Africans, and Pacific Islanders are especially encouraged to apply.

MFP benefits

  • Financial support: three years maximum. This must be renewed annually and is not available during internship.
  • Travel support (limited availability).
  • Potential dissertation support (limited availability).
  • Ancillary training opportunities and enrichment experiences.
  • Assistance with internship application process.
  • Access to information and resources.
  • Lifetime network of professional association with psychologists and other professionals focused on ethnic minority behavioral health issues.

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