Do you need funding for your doctorate in psychology?

The APA Minority Fellowship Program offers fellowships for the next leaders in ethnic minority psychology.

By Andrew Austin-Dailey, MDiv, MS

Since 1974, the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) has offered financial support, professional development and mentoring to individuals who want to focus on providing psychological services to ethnic minority communities. Our Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Fellowship is a federally funded program that is designed for students in APA-accredited programs.

If you’re interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical, counseling or school psychology, and if you want to provide mental health and/or substance abuse services to ethnic minorities in public settings, then MFP encourages you to apply for our competitive MHSAS Fellowship. Following is some important information for you to consider when applying.

  1. Am I eligible? You may apply if you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or noncitizen national. You must also be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program by the time you begin receiving money from MFP.
  2. What are the benefits of the fellowship? MFP provides up to three years of financial support (currently a maximum of $22,032 each year) along with some travel, tuition, health insurance and dissertation support. We also provide training opportunities, assistance with internship applications, and lifetime access to the MFP network. 
  3. What makes for a strong application? We select fellows whose career goals match the mission of our program and have a solid academic record. Very strong recommendation letters are also important. Your essays are perhaps the most crucial aspects of your application as they give you a chance to introduce yourself to our reviewers and to convince them that you are one of the future leaders in ethnic minority psychology.
  4. How do I apply? Our online applications will be available in October and will be due Jan. 15. Please visit our website for more information on our doctoral fellowships.

Feel free to contact MFP if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you move forward into a great career.

About the Author

Andrew T. Austin-Dailey, MDiv, MSAndrew T. Austin-Dailey, MDiv, MS, is the director of the Minority Fellowship Program at APA. Before joining the MFP, he completed an MS in psychology at Palo Alto University. He received a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MDiv in pastoral psychology at the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has been active in the community through developing counseling, training and support programs for ethnic minorities for over 20 years.