How to Apply

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program

  • Now Open: The 2015–2016 application cycle is open until Saturday, February 28, 11:59 pm (EST)
  • Scroll down for instructions and application materials.

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program (MHSAFP) is designed for racial/ethnic minority individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social work. Applicants must hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program. Their career goals must include providing leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government and private organization underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The purpose of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve health care outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors.

Funds for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program are provided by the Center for Mental Health Services, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be American citizens, noncitizen nationals, or have permanent residence status (international students and work visa holders are not eligible to apply)
  • Can include, among others, persons who are American Indian/Alaskan Native; Asian/Pacific Islander (e.g., Chinese, East Indian, South Asian, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Samoan); Black; and Hispanic (e.g., Mexican/Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central American, South American)
  • Must have a master's degree in social work and be starting full-time study leading to a doctoral degree in social work or be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a doctoral social work program
  • Should demonstrate potential for assuming leadership roles; potential for success in doctoral studies; and commitment to a career providing mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic, racial, social, and cultural minority individuals and communities

General Selection Criteria

  • Commitment to career in behavioral health services or prevention
  • Knowledge/experience with underserved ethnic minority individuals or communities
  • Potential for completion of the doctoral degree in a timely and expeditious manner
  • Potential as a future social work leader in practice (broadly defined to include clinical practice, management/administration, policy promulgation and community organization), research, or education with a focus on ethnic minority mental health and/or substance use prevention, treatment, or recovery

Award

  • Monthly stipends for a 1-year period to defray living expenses; some tuition support may be provided depending on the availability of funds
  • Duration of award is 3 years contingent on funding and whether the fellow maintains satisfactory progress toward degree objectives 

Obtaining and Submitting Materials

Application Materials

2015–2016 application materials are available below for download and completion. Review the application instructions carefully before completing an application. Application materials must be submitted online via the Confex Application Submission System. E-mailed, faxed, or mailed application documents are not acceptable, with the exception of a recommendation submitted by the recommender directly to mfp@cswe.org and transcripts sent directly from the university to mfp@cswe.org or via mail. In those instances the applicant is still responsible for completing and submitting the Recommendation Form Intro Page and Transcript Placeholder Form via Confex.

To assist you in completing an application are these three informational documents

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit documents before the deadline, as MFP staff are only available to answer questions by e-mail or telephone Monday-Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm ET.

Completed Submissions Contain

  1. Application Form (PDF) (required)
  2. Current Résumé or CV (required)
  3. Personal Statement/Essay (required)
  4. Scholarly or Conceptual Paper (required)
  5. Recommendation Forms (PDF) – 3 required (only 3 accepted)
  6. Transcripts – Undergraduate, Graduate (master’s in social work), Doctoral (if applicable)
  7. Doctoral Program Acceptance Verification (required)
  8. Permanent Resident Card – (Required for noncitizens or citizen nationals only)
  9. GRE or MAT Scores (optional)
  10. Recommendation Form Info Sheet (PDF) (if needed)
  11. Program Acceptance Placeholder Form (PDF) (if needed)
  12. Transcript Placeholder Form (PDF) (if needed) 

Submitting the Application – Confex Application Submission System

After completing the application documents, submit all application documents in the Confex Application System by clicking on this link

  • All application materials must be uploaded as PDF documents. Other file formats will not be accepted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide a complete application.
  • E-mailed, faxed, or mailed application documents are not acceptable, with the exception of a recommendation submitted by the recommender directly to mfp@cswe.org and transcripts sent directly from the university to mfp@cswe.org or via mail. In those instances the applicant is still responsible for completing and submitting the Recommendation Form Intro Page and Transcript Placeholder Form via Confex.
  • Application questions should be directed to the MFP office Monday-Friday 9:00am–5:00 pm ET at +1.703.683.8080 or via e-mail to mfp@cswe.org.