General FAQs about the MHSAS Fellowship
Q: May I apply to more than one MFP fellowship?
A: No. You may apply to only one MFP fellowship.
Q: I am in this country on an F1 visa with a Form I40. Would I be considered a Non-Citizen National when applying for this fellowship?
A: Unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply for this fellowship with an F1 Visa with a Form I40. For an explanation of Non-Citizen Nationals, please visit the Department of State website. For more information from APA on funding for international students, try APA's Scholarships, Grants and Awards search tool.
Q: Do I have to be an ethnic minority to apply for the fellowship?
A: No, you can apply as long as you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or non-citizen national. You will be considered for the fellowship if your career focuses on providing behavioral health services to ethnic minority communities.
Q: When are selections announced?
A: The MFP Training Advisory Committee (TAC) meets in March to review applications, and awards are announced in April. Individuals who are awarded fellowships may expect to begin receiving support no earlier than September. You can check on the status of your application by logging back into your application.
Q: How many fellowships are awarded each year?
A: In recent years, we have received approximately 200 applications and 5-7 percent of these applicants are awarded fellowships.
Q: How much is the stipend?
A: The stipend amount coming directly from the MFP varies each year. The financial support we provide for our Fellows is based on the guidelines mandated by the National Research Service Award (NRSA). We also request “in-kind” support such as tuition remission, health insurance, research assistantships, etc. from the institutions at which our fellows are training. Therefore, the overall support package a student might receive by becoming an MFP fellow is dependent upon the support available from their respective institution.
Q: Would the funding I receive from my institution have a bearing on my eligibility for the fellowship?
A: We encourage institutions to provide tuition waivers and to cover health insurance for our fellows. As long as you are not receiving any funds from federal sources, there will not be a conflict with our Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) fellowship. However, the exact amount that is awarded for predoctoral fellowships will be based on what the university is already covering.
Q: If I receive support from another federally funded training grant, may I also accept funding from the MFP?
A: No. Individuals supported by other federal training grants are not eligible for support from the MFP.
Q: What if the funding is from a private foundation, the state or the university?
A: Please contact our office for guidance. Funding eligibility in these instances must be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Q: How long does the fellowship last?
A: Each predoctoral fellow is provided a stipend for up to three years and each postdoctoral fellow is provided a stipend for up to two years. However, stipend support is provisional and must be renewed each year. Reappointment is contingent upon both the satisfactory progress of the fellow at his/her institution and MFP’s continued support from our federal funding agency. Beyond the allotted years of stipend support, fellows are encouraged to maintain a career-long relationship with the MFP for professional development, guidance and association.
Q: How do fellows renew their appointments?
A: Each fellow currently receiving a stipend must complete a progress report and return it to the MFP in January. Progress reports are reviewed by the MFP Training Advisory Committee (TAC) in March, and reappointment decisions are announced in April.
Q: What does the fellow have to do when they become a fellow?
A: Fellows need to submit all necessary paper work requested by MFP; maintain contact with the MFP office and Training Advisory Committee (TAC) mentor; and remain in good standing at their respective institutions. Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in all MFP trainings throughout the year. Additionally, each fellow must receive 12 hours of training or exposure to addictions and behavioral health treatment (this includes but not limited to: co-occurring mental health disorders and substance use, gambling addictions or other areas of addictions) prevention or research. This training mainly should be didactic in the form of research, courses, workshops, etc.
Q: Are researchers eligible?
A: Because our MHSAS program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), it is geared specifically toward service providers.