MFP—Doctoral Students

Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)—Doctoral Students

Applying for the MFP

The 2024–2025 doctoral application is open January 17, 2024, through March 22, 2024. Find the link to the Submittable application here

Have a question about the application and process? Please review MFP's Frequently Asked Questions and the MFP Doctoral Application Guidebook.

To accompany this process, we also invite you to participate in three interactive sessions designed to provide valuable insights and details about the program. Whether you are seeking comprehensive program information, interested in learning from current doctoral fellows, or eager to participate in an interactive Q&A session with MFP staff, these sessions are tailored for all interested applicants. Please find details on each session below:

Information Session
Zoom Recording
Q&A With Current Doctoral Fellows
Zoom Recording
Q&A Session With MFP Staff
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Time: 2:00 PM–3:00 PM (ET)
Location: Zoom

Any further questions about the doctoral application can be directed to [email protected].

Who can be considered for this program?

The MFP targets but is not limited to 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 goal must be to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government or private organizations serving 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 with doctoral degrees available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors.

What are the funding sources for the MFP?

Funds for the MFP 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.