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Addictions Counseling Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)



Application Deadline: Nov 3, 2023


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Offers a fellowship program to help master's level addictions counseling students develop cultural competency skills and awareness in order to better meet the counseling needs of minority populations. Encourages diversity in the addiction counseling profession by providing financial support, professional guidance, and training to students. Aims to reduce health disparities for members of underserved or minority communities, which includes but is not limited to ethnic, racial, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, child/adolescent, geriatric, inner city, rural, or veteran/military family groups. Fellowships are administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) through a Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Program requirements include applicants committing to:

  • Obtaining an addictions counseling credential, as evidenced by showing proof of applying for a state addictions certification before the end of the fellowship year
  • Providing substance use disorder (SUD) services to minority populations within a year of graduation and to providing such services for the duration of 2 years post-graduation
  • Securing a substance use services-related internship that provides experience with 1 or more minority populations
  • Becoming board certified by applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification or applying for certification from the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) prior to graduation and to completing the application process
  • Attending the NBCC Foundation's Bridging the Gap Symposium to open the fellowship year the week of March 13-17, 2024, and to close the fellowship year at the 2025 Symposium
  • Attending the NAADAC Annual Conference, typically held in October

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $15,000 per year
Project period: 1 year
Estimated number of awards: 40

Who Can Apply

Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status
  • Not receive any other federal funds, excluding federal student loans or work-study programs
  • Not already possess a master's degree in a behavioral health field
  • Be enrolled full time and be in good standing in an accredited master's-level addictions counseling program or other master's-level counseling program with a concentration in addictions
  • Have completed one semester in a counseling program
  • Be currently taking courses and may not have a pending status, deferred status, or other future start date for coursework
  • Expect to graduate by May 31, 2027 or within 3 years of the date of fellowship funding, and cannot have an anticipated program completion date before December 31, 2024
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and experience with addressing the SUD needs of 1 or more of the following:
    • Underserved minority communities
    • Child, adolescent, and geriatric groups
    • Minority communities in inner cities and rural areas
    • Minority persons, including LGBTQ+
    • Veterans or individuals from military families

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

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What This Program Funds

Training Providers

Application Process

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

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

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Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment