Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program
The Mental Health Substance Abuse Fellowship Program (MHSAFP) is designed for individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social who hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program and who are preparing to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government and private organization serving ethnic minority persons with 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.
- Must be American citizens, noncitizen nationals, or have permanent residence status
- 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
- 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
- 2014–2015 MFP fellowship application materials are available below for download and completion. Review the application instructions carefully before completing and submitting an application. Application materials must be submitted online via the MFP Confex Application Submission system. We no longer accept e-mailed, faxed or mailed application documents.
- After completing the application documents, submit all application documents in the MFP Confex Application Submission system by clicking on the link below. All application materials must be uploaded as PDF documents. Other file formats will not be accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide the MFP with a complete application.
- Application questions should be directed to the MFP Office at + 1.703.683.8080 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check back in mid-December for the 2014–15 fellowship application documents.