How to Apply

Minority Fellowship Program-Youth for Master’s Students

  • The 2017–2018 application cycle is now closed.
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The Now Is the Time: MFP–Youth program (NITT MFP-Y), from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), offers fellowships to full-time, direct practice-focused, master’s-level students who are committed to providing mental health services to at-risk children, adolescents, and/or transition-age youths (aged 16–25) in underserved minority communities.

The purpose of this program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health-care outcomes for racial and ethnically diverse children, adolescents, and transition-age youths by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s-level social work professionals serving this population.

Funds for the program are provided by the Center for Mental Health Services in SAMHSA.

Eligibility Requirements

Note: The eligibility requirements below pertain to the 2017–2018 academic year.

An applicant must:

  • Be in his or her second year of a master's of social work program or advanced standing in a CSWE-accredited program for the 2017–2018 school year
  • Be enrolled full-time (per the program's standards) for the 2017–2018 school year
  • Be direct practice-focused, committed to providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and transition age youths aged 16–25 
  • Be an American citizen, noncitizen national, or permanent resident (international students, DACA students, and work visa holders are not eligible to apply)
  • Have completed or will complete two advanced master’s of social work courses in one or more of following categories: (a) mental health and/or co-occurring substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery; (b) culturally competent evidence-based practices; or (c) services for children, adolescents, and/or transition age youths
  • Be in an internship/placement setting with the opportunity to provide behavioral health services to the target population (must provide documentation from the program) during the 2017–2018 school year
  • Not receive another federally sponsored fellowship or similar federal award that provides a stipend or otherwise duplicates the provisions of this award (supplementation from federal loans and/or nonfederal funds is permitted)

General Selection Criteria

  • Commitment to a career in behavioral health services or prevention with the target population
  • Knowledge or/experience with underserved ethnic and racial minority individuals or communities
  • Potential as a future social work practitioner with a focus on ethnic and racial minority children and youths mental health prevention or treatment


  • Fellowship recipients receive a 1-year fellowship that includes specialized training on mental health issues of children, adolescents, and transition-age youths; a monetary stipend; and other professional development supports. 
    • The monetary stipend in the previous cycle was $6,500 per fellow over the course of the fellowship year. This amount is subject to change, dependent on funding received from SAMHSA.
    • All fellows are required to attend an in-person training held in Alexandria, VA, March 4–6, 2018. Fellows will need to arrive Sunday, March 4 and depart Wednesday, March 7. All travel, food, and hotel expenses will be covered by the Minority Fellowship Program. Fellows are also expected to participate in conference calls and webinars.