Nursing Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)



Application Deadline: Apr 30, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Offers a fellowship program to help ethnic and racial minority students attain master's or doctoral degrees in nursing with certification in mental health and substance use. Supports research, raises awareness, and enhances treatment services to address mental health and substance use issues in ethnic and racial minority populations. Provides students with financial support and training opportunities to develop leadership and cultural competency skills to better serve minority communities. 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 Nurses Association (ANA) through a Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The ANA MFP offers two fellowship opportunities:

  • MFP Masters Fellowship for nursing students in master's programs in behavioral health or substance use disorder prevention and treatment.
  • MFP Doctoral Fellowship for doctoral nursing students focused on minority mental health and substance use issues.

Fellowship benefits include:

  • Stipends and tuition assistance
  • One-to-one mentoring from ANA professionals
  • Dissertation peer review sessions and team statistical analysis assistance
  • Conference sponsorships
  • Participation in training institutes, meetings, and conferences
  • Opportunities to strengthen writing, presentation, and networking skills
  • Opportunities to learn about career options and form cross-cultural bonds with other MFP fellows

Amount of Funding

Project period: 3-5 years for MFP doctoral fellowships

Who Can Apply

All applicants for the doctoral and masters programs must be American citizens or permanent residents and must be a member of an ethnic/racial minority group, as designated by federal guidelines, including but not limited to:

  • African American
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian or Asian American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

MFP Masters applicants must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in an accredited master's degree behavioral health program in nursing, including psychiatric mental health or substance use
  • Have a curriculum and plan that embodies behavioral health disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery based in and supported by theoretical and clinical science
  • Submit an approved plan of study, signed by an academic adviser and which includes required core courses and clinical practice hours in behavioral health, to the MFP staff 30 days after acceptance into the fellowship
  • Have an active registered nurse license

MFP Doctoral applicants must:

  • Have a master's degree or have completed at least nine credits related to psychiatric/mental health or substance use
  • Be enrolled as a full-time doctoral student in a fully accredited nursing program
  • Have an active registered nurse license

Individuals supported by other federally-funded training grants or by the Nurse Faculty Loan Program 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 ANA MFP program office for guidance before applying.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Training Providers

Application Process

Applications must be submitted through the ANA-MFP online application system.

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the related tabs on the program website.

MFP Masters applicant frequently asked questions
MFP Doctoral applicant frequently asked questions


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Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Prevention • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment