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Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)
Application Deadline: Feb 26, 2024
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Offers fellowship programs to support the professional development of marriage and family therapy (MFT) students at the master's and doctoral levels in areas related to mental health and substance use research and services for ethnic and racial minorities. Provides students with financial support, professional guidance, and training with the goal of increasing the number of culturally competent marriage and family therapists committed to providing treatment services to ethnic and racial minority and underserved populations, as well as enhancing research and teaching in these areas. Fellows are required to commit to a minimum of 2 years' service in mental health and/or substance use after graduation. Fellowships are administered by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Research and Education Foundation through the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The AAMFT MFP offers three fellowship opportunities:
- MFP Youth (MFP-Y) for masters students interested in serving transition-aged youth ages 16-25.
- MFP Doctoral Fellowship (DF) for doctoral students completing pre-dissertation core curriculum.
- MFP Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF) for doctoral students at the dissertation stage of their curriculum.
Fellowship benefits include:
- Financial support in the form of stipends, living allowances, and travel support
- Access to leadership training and networking opportunities
- Mentorship and advocacy from AAMFT professionals
- Dissertation consultation, research, and statistical training
- Sponsorship at AAMFT Annual and Leadership Conferences
- Participation in MFP training institutes, webinars, and other events
Amount of Funding
MFP-Y Project period: 1 year, recipients may reapply and receive the award up to 3 times.
MFP-DF Project period: 1 year, recipients may reapply and receive the award up to 3 times.
MFP-DCF Project period: 1 year, recipients may reapply and receive the award up to 2 times.
Who Can Apply
All master's level students in marriage and family therapy (MFT) programs are eligible for the MFP Youth Fellowship (MFP-Y). Applicants must be enrolled in an MFT master's program by the start of the MFP-Y program year on September 30, 2024. Undergraduate students in the last year of their program can apply but must be enrolled in an MFT master's program by September 30.
All marriage and family therapy (MFT) doctoral students still in the process of completing their pre-dissertation core curriculum are eligible for the MFP Doctoral Fellowship. All marriage and family therapy (MFT) doctoral students at the dissertation stage of their curriculum are eligible for the MFP Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Applicants must be enrolled in an MFT doctoral program by the start of the MFP program year on September 30, 2024. Master's students in the last year of their program can apply but must be enrolled in an MFT doctoral program by September 30.
Eligibility is not limited to individuals from minority populations. However, priority is given to applicants from the following communities: African American, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander.
Individuals supported by other federally-funded training grants are not eligible for support from the MFP. Eligibility for applicants receiving other funding from a private foundation, a state, or university will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and these applicants should contact the AAMFT MFP program office for guidance before applying.
What This Program Funds
Applications must be submitted through the AAMFT MFP online application system.
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Topics This Program Addresses
Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Parents, Families, and Children • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Youth