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The SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program

Funding opportunities, through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are available and designed to support the training of future nurse practitioners in behavioral health practice, education and health policy. If you have the potential to be a leader and are committed to a career providing behavioral health services or developing policy for ethnic and racial minority populations, we invite you to apply to one of the following programs:

Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Doctoral

Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this program provides 3-5 year fellowships to masters prepared nurses, or nurses who have completed at least nine (9) credits related to Psychiatric/Mental Health or Substance Abuse and committed to pursuing doctoral study on minority psychiatric-mental health and substance abuse issues.

Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Masters

Students admitted to or currently matriculating in a full-time accredited masters degree program in behavioral health (psychiatric nursing) or substance abuse disorders prevention and treatment.

SAMHSA's Expectation of MFP Fellows

  • Work to improve behavioral health conditions of ethnic or racial minorities;
  • Assist SAMHSA in maintaining program funding;
  • Strengthen your professional foundation;
  • Give back;
  • Help SAMHSA promote the Minority Fellowship Program;
  • Participate in the MFP community of learning; and
  • Complete ALL MFP Surveys Administered by SAMHSA and Your Sponsoring Fellowship Organization

History of the MFP

Racial and Ethnic Minorities make up more than 28% of the Nation's Population, yet less than 20% of America's Behavioral Health Workforce consists of these diverse populations.

This scarcity of professionals who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds constitute a workforce issue that contributes to the health disparities and quality of care and access to mental health care and or substance use treatment among minority populations.

In 1974, the National Institute of Mental Health established the Ethnic Minority Fellowship Program, a grant initiative, to enhance services to minority communities through specialized PhD training. NIMH awarded funding to the four core mental health organizations that included nursing at the American Nurses Association; Psychiatry, at the American Psychiatric Association, Social Workers, at the Council on Social Work Education; and Psychology, at the American Psychological Association.

Around 1994, NIMH transferred the Minority Fellowship Program to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which is a Division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

In 2014, under President Obama's Now is the Time Initiative, SAMHSA expanded the Minority Fellowship Program to include the Minority Fellowship Program-Masters. The MFP-M initiative aims to increase the number of culturally competent Masters level behavioral health professionals available to serve children, adolescents and youth transitioning into adulthood ages 16-25.
History of the MFP

Eligibility Criteria

Citizenship

American citizen or permanent resident.

Ethnicity / Race

Member of an ethnic or racial minority group, including but not limited to:

  • Asian or Asian American
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

Enrollment Status

Doctoral Applicants (PhD and DNP)

  • Applicants must have a Master's Degree or completed at least nine (9) credits related to Psychiatric/Mental Health or Substance Abuse.
  • Enrolled as a full-time doctoral student in a fully accredited nursing program. A full-time student is enrolled in a school for the number of credit hours or courses in any academic term that the school considers to be full-time. A fully accredited school or degree program is one that is accredited by a national accrediting agency and/or a state approval agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Must have an active Registered Nurse License.

Masters Applicants

  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited masters degree behavioral health (psychiatric mental health/substance use) program in nursing. Full-time status is determined by the academic institution where you are currently or planning to matriculate; this status is typically designated by credit hours or a pre-determined number of courses. A fully accredited degree program is one that is recognized by a national accrediting agency, which is approved by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education.
  • Your masters level curriculum and plan of study must embody behavioral health disorders prevention, treatment, and recovery that are under girded with theoretical and clinical science.
  • Your approved plan of study, signed by your major academic advisor, which includes required core courses and clinical practice hours in behavioral health, must be submitted to the MFP staff 30 days after acceptance into this fellowship.
  • Must have an active Registered Nurse License.

Commitment

The documents included in your application should demonstrate your commitment to a sustaining behavioral health (psychiatric mental health and/or substance use) in Practice, Education, Service or Health Policy for the designated populations in the fellowship program. Fellows are required to commit to a minimum of 2 years’ service in mental health and/or substance use after graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)?
A: Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through a training grant, the Minority Fellowship Program provides up to two, three, and five year Fellowships to ethnic and racial minority psychiatric nurses who are pursuing masters and doctoral degrees, including PhD, DNP, BS-to-PhD, doctoral study (PhD, DNP, and BS-to-PhD). The SAMHSA Fellowship only provides funding for individuals pursuing these graduate degrees. SAMHSA DOES NOT fund post-masters Psychiatric Mental Health certificate programs.

Q: What are the benefits of the MFP Fellowship?
A: The Fellowship offers an annual stipend for living expenses while enrolled in a graduate program full-time. Through the MFP's "Virtual University," the Fellowship provides mentoring, academic support, additional educational offerings in mental health and substance use disorders among ethnic and racial and indigenous populations, dissertation support, coaching in research design and data analysis, one-on-one counseling regarding quality improvement projects and clinical practice, networking opportunities, to include a 24/7 customized, secure online MFP/ANA Fellows Corner, monthly podcasts, and more.

Q: How much money does the MFP Fellowship award?
A: The annual stipend amount varies from year to year depending on Federal allocations to the Minority Fellowship Program. Currently, the maximum annual stipend for the MFP doctoral Fellow is $22,000 and $15,000 for masters Fellows paid directly to the Fellow’s bank account electronically in three installments. For the exact amount to be awarded in any given year, please email the Office of the MFP at mfp@ana.org.

Q: How many Fellowships does the MFP award each year?
A: The number of MFP Fellowships awarded each year is determined by the funding provided by SAMHSA.

Q: What are the MFP Eligibility Requirements?
A: To be eligible to apply for the Fellowship, you must be an American citizen or permanent resident. You must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority group. You must have a Master's Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, and you must be pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health or Substance Abuse. You must be enrolled as a full-time doctoral student in a fully accredited nursing program.

Please visit the Eligibility page for details about these requirements.

Q: Does the MFP fund post masters certificates?
A: No.

Q: Is financial need a requirement for eligibility?
A: No.

Q: If I receive funding from another source, may I also accept funding from MFP?
A: It depends on whether your other source of funding is federal or private.

  • If your other source of funding is federal, you are not eligible for the MFP Fellowship.
  • If you receive funding from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, you are not eligible for the MFP Fellowship.
  • If you have received the MFP Fellowship, you may not accept funding from any other federal source.
  • If you already have private funding when you apply for the MFP Fellowship, the MFP Advisory Committee will consider on an individual basis whether to award you the MFP Fellowship. If your private funding includes a service obligation after you graduate, you may not be eligible for the MFP Fellowship.
  • If your source of funding—whether from a federal, state, or professional practice organization—requires your service after your academic training, you might have a conflict in fulfilling the MFP requirements.

Q: Do Fellows have to repay the MFP Fellowship funds they receive?
A: If they comply with all program requirements, Fellows do not have to repay the funding they receive. However, the ANA could require a Fellow to repay funds if the Fellow:

  • Is dismissed from school for academic or disciplinary reasons
  • Voluntarily ends his or her academic training before graduating from the degree program for which the fellowship was awarded,
  • Upon graduation, does not pursue a career providing direct service and leadership in mental health or substance abuse disorders

Q: Does the MFP select schools for the applicant?
A: No. However, if an applicant requests our help, MFP staff may make recommendations.

Q: How do I apply for the MFP Fellowship?
A: Complete the MFP Online Application and submit all required documents and forms by the deadline posted on the website, www.emfp.org. For detailed instructions, please visit the How to Apply page, https://apply.emfp.org, and review the Application Submission Instructions and additional resources, including an application tutorial and Tips for a Competitive Application.

Q: What happens if I do not disclose my Social Security Number?
A: Disclosure of the information sought in the application is voluntary; however, if you do not disclose information, including your Social Security Number, your application will be considered incomplete and your chances for selection will be diminished. MFP requires a Fellow's Social Security Number to process stipend award payments.

Q: Who selects the MFP Fellowship recipients?
A: Members of the MFP Advisory Committee select the MFP Fellowship recipients.

Q: What is the selection process?
A: Members of the MFP's National Advisory Committee review and score each application. Each application has three reviewers who score the application independently. The committee members meet to discuss each applications review and score in depth before recommending the appointment of the applicants whose application ranked among the top scores. This is followed by phase two of the application process which includes a virtual interview with the MFP/ANA Project Director, Academic Consultant, and selected MFP team and advisory committee members.

Final Appointment of Fellows are based on:

  • Scores on the applications and interviews
  • Intent to study and work in mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery
  • Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health nurse, completion of nine psychiatric courses if you are not a psychiatric nurse with a concrete plan to complete the requirements for certification before graduation
  • Whether their application have characteristics that inform the applicants commitment to a career serving ethnic and racial minority and underserved groups in mental health and substance use through practice, education, research, or health policy for a minimum of two-years after graduation.

Q: What are the funding priorities?
A: Among applicants who score in the competitive range, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, American Indian, and Alaska Natives will receive priority.

Q: When will I learn whether I have been awarded an MFP Fellowship?
A: Appointments are traditionally announced based on the federal grant cycle. Currently, the grant year begins September 29; therefore, appointments will be announced by September 1, if not sooner. Selected applicants receive an email confirming their appointment followed by a more detailed appointment letter delineating the mandatory program requirements. Fellows who are not selected also receive an email notification. Qualified Fellows can update their application package and reapply for the fellowship the following grant year.

Q: I have applied for a doctoral program, but I have not yet been accepted or enrolled. May I apply for the Fellowship?
A: An applicant’s enrollment in a graduate program may be pending at the time of application; however, if appointed as a Fellow during the review of the application, it will be contingent upon the applicant providing proof that they are enrolled in a full-time graduate nursing program.

Q: What happens after my application for the Fellowship is approved?
A: Your participation in the Fellowship becomes effective when you have returned all the required award acceptance documents to the Office of the MFP at ANA. The MFP will provide you with an orientation to the MFP mandatory program requirements and supportive counseling as needed throughout your graduate program and beyond. Your major faculty advisor at your school/university will also be notified that you have received the Fellowship and asked to partner with the MFP/ANA to make sure the Fellow is progressing in their full-time psychiatric nursing program and meeting the SAMHSA mandatory program requirements.

Q: How does receiving the Fellowship affect my employment, benefits, or taxes?
A: Receipt of the stipend award does not mean that you are employed by the Federal Government or the American Nurses Association nor are you eligible for benefits available to Federal or ANA employees. There may be a tax liability associated with the Fellowship stipend, so Fellows are encouraged to speak with a tax consultant to ensure they are handling the Fellowship award appropriately and meeting all IRS requirements. It is the Fellows responsibility to investigate any tax liabilities; ANA cannot be held responsible if Fellows misrepresent the MFP/ANA Fellowship award to the IRS. Each year, the ANA Finance Department forwards the 1099 form directly to the address on file for the Fellow. Any questions regarding the 1099 form should be directed to the ANA Finance Department, and not the MFP/ANA program staff, at 301.628.5000.

Q: Can I decline the Fellowship?
A: Yes, you can decline the Fellowship without penalty. You must mail or fax a signed letter declining the Fellowship offer to the Office of the MFP at ANA. You may not decline the Fellowship by telephone declinations. Once you decline the Fellowship in writing, it will be awarded to another applicant.

Q: What is the duration of the MFP Fellowship?
A: The Fellowship is awarded for up to two years for masters Fellows. Three-years for DNP and up to five years for PhD Fellows. Fellows in the PhD program who do not graduate within five years becomes ineligible to receive financial support.; however, the MFP will continue to provide academic and emotional support as an "Unfunded Fellow" until the Fellow graduates.

Q: What is the process for continuation of the Award?
A: Renewal of the Fellowship is not automatic. Fellows seeking continuing support must submit official transcripts and progress reports at the end of each quarter or semester. These progress reports must be signed by the Fellow and their academic advisor, verifying their successful academic progress.

Continuation of the Fellowship depends upon:

  • Whether SAMHSA makes funds available
  • The Fellow's continued eligibility for the program. The Fellow must be enrolled on a full-time basis in academic courses leading to the degree for which he or she was funded and must not be repeating course work.
  • The Fellow's compliance with program requirements and MFP's procedures for requesting continued support.

Q: When does the MFP discontinue support to a Fellow?
A: The MFP will discontinue support to a Fellow:

  • If the Fellow is on a leave of absence, for personal or medical reasons, which has been approved by their school/university
  • If the Fellow is not a full-time student
  • If the Fellow withdraws or is dismissed from their doctoral program
  • In the month the Fellow graduates and receives his or her doctorate

Q: Are there opportunities for post-doctoral Fellowships?
A: Post-doctoral fellowships are dependent upon whether SAMHSA funding is available. For information about post-doctoral Fellowships, please contact the Office of the MFP at the ANA.

Q: What is the number of credits required to be considered full–time?
A: The credits required to be considered full-time is determined by the academic institution where you are currently or planning to matriculate; this status is typically designated by credit hours or a pre-determined number of courses.

Q: Can applicants who are not in nursing programs apply?
A: Though our program is focused on supporting nurses looking to provide direct care across the lifespan, you may want to look into other guilds, particularly those in the fields of psychology, social work, professional counseling, and marriage and family therapy.

The links are as follows:

  • American Psychological Association (APA) - www.apa.org
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) – www.cswe.org
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) – www.aamft.org
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) – www.nbcc.org

Q: Can I have my transcript mailed or can I scan and attach it to the applications?
A: You may scan and submit your transcript with your application.

Q: Are the professional development trainings the only requirement throughout the year?
A: It is primarily your participation in the professional development and training opportunities that is required. No additional project or paper is needed, as this program is meant to complement your current studies.

Q: For the letters of recommendation, can they be from academic colleagues or from faculty members?
A: The recommendations should be from faculty members under whom you have studied or worked.

Q: What does the pre-populated travel amount found on each Fellows' PHS2271 Statement of Training cover?
A: The pre-populated travel amount on each Fellows' PHS2271 Statement of Training Appointment form is the estimated cost for each MFP/ANA Fellow’s additional behavioral health and career development educational offering. These monies are not to be used at the discretion of the Fellow, but are applied to offset the cost of each Fellow’s participation in the MFP/ANA Intensive Training Institute (ITI), including roundtrip air fare; lodging, plus taxes, resort fee, 5 nights stay, 3 meals per day x 5 days; opening reception food; box lunches-to-go; local round trip ground transportation; and the round trip ground transportation to the host cities multiple community engagement activities. These are just a few of the costs associated with MFP/ANA Fellow’s in-person learning experience during the MFP/ANA ITI.

Additionally, during the global pandemic health crisis in 2020, the MFP/ANA pivoted to a virtual infrastructure that included a customized MFP/ANA branded virtual platform to host the Intensive Training Institutes. The cost of each MFP/ANA Fellow’s in-person expense is applied toward the virtual educational offering to help offset the cost of the customized virtual platform, keynote speakers, support by the American Nurses Association Meetings Department and other programming and technical support required to host a virtual meeting.

How to Apply

1. Register

Click on the "Register" link to the right and complete and submit the registration form.

2. Login

Login to the Minority Fellowship Program with your email and password.

3. Select

Select the applicable Fellowship from the drop down list to create an application.

4. Save

During the applications period, your application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed and attachments uploaded. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the application Summary section.

5. Submit

On completion, submit your application as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the Download Application icon in the application Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the Deadline, you can make the update and resubmit as FINAL.

Tips for a Successful Application


MFP Doctoral Fellowship

To be eligible to apply for the Minority Fellowship Program, you must meet the following criteria:

Citizenship

You must be an American citizen or permanent resident.  

Ethnicity / Race

Member of an ethnic or racial minority group, including but not limited to:

  • Asian or Asian American
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander

Education

  • Applicants must have a Masters Degree or completed at least nine (9) credits related to Psychiatric/Mental Health or Substance Abuse.
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time doctoral student in a fully accredited nursing program. A full-time student is enrolled in a school for the number of credit hours or courses in any academic term that the school considers to be full-time. A fully accredited school or degree program is one that is accredited by a national accrediting agency and/or a state approval agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Professional Membership

Membership in the American Nurses Association is recommended.

Commitment

The documents included in your application (CV, recommendations, essay, etc.) should demonstrate your commitment to a career in substance abuse or psychiatric/mental health issues affecting minority populations. Fellows are required to commit to a minimum of 2 years’ service in mental health and/or substance use after graduation.

Certification

Certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in one of the following is recommended:

  • Adult Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Psychiatric - Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing

MFP Masters Fellowship

To be eligible to apply for the Minority Fellowship Program, you must meet the following criteria:

Citizenship

Be an American citizen or a permanent resident

Ethnicity / Race

Be a member of an ethnic/racial minority group as designated by federal guidelines:

  • Asian or Asian American
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Enrollment Status

  • You must be enrolled full-time in an accredited master's degree behavioral health (psychiatric mental health/substance use) program in nursing. Full-time status is determined by the academic institution where you are currently or planning to matriculate; this status is typically designated by credit hours or a pre-determined number of courses. A fully accredited degree program is one that is recognized by a national accrediting agency, which is approved by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education.
  • Your master's level curriculum and plan of study must embody behavioral health disorders prevention, treatment, and recovery that are under girded with theoretical and clinical science.
  • Your approved plan of study, signed by your major academic advisor, which includes required core courses and clinical practice hours in behavioral health, must be submitted to the MFP staff 30 days after acceptance into this fellowship.
  • You must be committed to sustaining a career that provides behavioral health services for the designated populations in this fellowship program as evidenced by a signed statement that will be maintained in the MFP files. This signed statement is due no less than 60 days after your acceptance into this fellowship.
  • Fellows are required to commit to a minimum of 2 years’ service in mental health and/or substance use after graduation.

Professional Membership

Membership in the American Nurses Association is recommended.

The apply.emfp.org portal provides the following additional services to Fellows, Mentors, and National Advisory Committee (NAC) members:

  • Application Scoring (NAC)
  • Application Acceptance (Fellows)
  • End of Semester Reports (Fellows)
  • Mentor Registration (Mentors)
  • Online Mentoring System for Mentor/Mentee Updates (Mentors, Fellows)

To access these services, a user is approved by MFP/ANA staff and will have access specific areas of the portal after logging on with their username and password. For any questions, please email Mfp@ana.org.

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Contact Us

American Nurses Association
SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program
8515 Georgia Ave, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Email: mfp@ana.org