Psychiatry Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)



Application Deadline: Mar 15, 2024


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Offers a fellowship program to psychiatry residents, at post graduate year 1 (PGY-1) or higher, in order to increase the number of medical professionals providing culturally sensitive psychiatric services for underserved ethnic and racial minority populations. Provides financial support to fellows, and builds cultural awareness through a variety of professional development, leadership, research, and training opportunities. Fellows are required to commit to a minimum of 2 years of service to address the behavioral health needs of racial and ethnic minority populations after graduation. Fellowships are administered by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) through a Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Fellowship benefits include:

  • Financial support to complete an Addressing Mental Health Inequities Capstone Project
  • Attending the APA annual meetings that includes participation in workshops, workshop presentations, courses, and training opportunities
  • Mentorship from APA professionals through the Advocate Protégé Program and networking events
  • Developing leadership skills in the field of psychiatry and increased understanding of mental health inequities through LEAD Institute (Leaders in Equity And Diversity) curriculum
  • APA council or work group participation to gain an understanding of APA governance
  • Access to a network of psychiatrists to establish professional and peer relationships

Amount of Funding

Project period: 1 year
Estimated number of awards: 30

Who Can Apply

All SAMHSA Minority and SAMHSA Substance Abuse Minority fellowship applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or noncitizen national
  • Be a PGY-1 level or higher at the time of matriculation
  • Be in training for the entire duration of the fellowship
  • Have a strong commitment to provide culturally sensitive mental healthcare and address mental inequities among marginalized and minoritized communities

Eligibility is not limited to individuals from minority populations. However, priority is given to African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander applicants.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Training Providers

Application Process

Applications must be submitted through the APA online application system.

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found on the program website.


For program questions:
Razan Jaber, MPH

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment