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American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

Established in 1953, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is nationally recognized as the top professional medical association. This nonprofit organization is a members-based group committed to improving and treating the quality of life for children and adolescents and their families affected by psychiatric illnesses. Its membership includes over 7,500 psychiatrists who specialize in children and adolescents, as well as other physicians who believe in promoting mental health awareness.

The AACAP strives to promote mentally healthy children and families by conducting research, preventative strategies, training, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, as well as peer support and teamwork. Its members work diligently to diagnose and treat psychiatric illnesses, provide proper treatments as well as provide access to appropriate services for children and adolescents. All information and research findings from the AACAP are made public to promote mental illness awareness and prevention.

AACAP believes in developing quality research programs and encourages resident psychiatrists to seek hands-on experiences through fellowships by offering a number of fellowship opportunities and research awards to qualifying psychiatric residents and professionals. This article lists the fellowship programs offered along with individual requirements for eligibility.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowships, Outreach Programs, and Awards

Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship: Sponsored in conjunction with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), this award provides up to $3,500 for a 12-week summer fellowship program designed for minority students, working with a child & adolescent psychiatrist research/mentor. This fellowship also includes five complimentary days at the AACAP Annual Meeting, along with a travel reimbursement, and one ticket to a workshop and another for one institute session at the Annual Meeting. To be considered, applicants must be in a minority/ethnic group, such as Native American, Asian, Hispanic, African American, Pacific Islander, or Mexican American, and be enrolled in at an accredited medical school in the United States. Applicants must also submit an application form, a resume, a statement of interest, a letter of support from the mentor, as well as a letter of good standing from the medical school. Deadline for this award is in April.

Summer Medical Student Fellowships: Sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Kids, this program offers up to $3,500 for a 12-week summer fellowship working with a child & adolescent psychiatrist mentor. Included with this award are five complimentary days at the AACAP Annual Meeting. Stipend distribution for this award is made in two installments. Requirements for applying include being enrolled in an accredited medical school in the United States; agree to present their clinical/research experience; and agree to participate in annual surveys. All applicants must complete and submit an application form, provide a resume, a statement of interest, a letter of good standing from the medical school, as well as a letter of reference from the mentor. Deadline for this fellowship is in March.

AACAP Congressional Fellowship Program: This fellowship is intended to inform Congressional staff and policy makers about child and adolescent psychiatry and provide awareness of mental health illnesses. The recipient of this award gets to work closely with a Congressional office or committee while helping with the development of public policies and legislative programs. To be considered for this fellowship, applicants must be an AACAP member and U.S. citizen, have completed training in a child and adolescent psychiatry program, be a psychiatry resident or higher, and demonstrate interest in applying medical and scientific information to help resolve public policy issues. In addition to applying for this award, candidates must also include a letter of intent, a resume, two letters of reference, and a personal statement describing interest in obtaining this fellowship. All documents should be mailed to: AACAP, Department of Government Affairs, 2010 Congressional Fellowship, 3615 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016. Recipients of this award receive an $85,000 honorarium and up to $3,000 in relocation and moving expenses. Application deadline is in February.

Educational Outreach Program (EOP) for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents: This program is offered to 35 child and adolescent psychiatry residents each year, depending on funding availability. Acceptance to this program exposes residents to research projects, access to mentors, as well as networking opportunities, and awards $750 in travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting, and participation in a variety of meeting events such as networking sessions, award luncheon, mentorship program, and more. To be considered, candidates must be AACAP members, child and adolescent psychiatry residents and enrolled in a U.S. residency program. Candidates must complete and submit an application form, a resume, a personal statement, a letter of good standing from their educational program, and a letter of financial support from a local institution. Application deadline is in July.

Educational Outreach Program for General Psychiatry Residents: This program is offered to 20 child and adolescent psychiatry residents, depending upon sufficient funding. Residents accepted into this program can expect to participate in research, have access to mentors, networking, and up to $1,500 for travel costs to attend the Annual Meeting. Candidates also receive one free ticket to attend a workshop and another free ticket to attend an institute at the meeting, and more. To be considered, candidates must be general psychiatry residents, and AACAP members enrolled in a U.S. residency program. Candidates must also submit a completed application, a resume, a personal statement, and a letter of good standing from their educational program. Application deadline is in July.

Beatrix A. Hamburg Award for the Best New Research Poster by Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident: This award recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatry resident with the top research poster presented at the Annual Meeting. Award amount is $1,000 and a plaque presented at the Youth Leader Awards Ceremony at the meeting. To apply, candidates must be enrolled in an accredited institution, be an AACAP member, and attend the Annual Meeting and present a research poster. Deadline for this award is in June.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and Awards Program: Things to Keep in Mind

AACAP Fellowships are geared toward specific career interests and programs. Be sure to read all requirements and eligibility qualifications prior to applying.

Psychiatry residents and board certified child and adolescent psychiatrists can apply for several research awards, including the AACAP Pilot Research Award for Attention Disorders; the AACAP Quest for the Test Bipolar Disorder Research Award; the AACAP Pilot Research Award for Learning Disabilities; and the AACAP Pilot Research Award. For more information about these awards, go to the AACAP website.

Contact Information for the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
3615 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016-3007

PH: (202) 966-7300
FAX: (202) 966-2891
www.aacap.org

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