American Psychiatric Leadership Fellowship Program

The aim of the American Psychiatric Leadership Fellowship is to develop leaders in the field of organized psychiatry by providing opportunities for residents to engage, interact and participate at a national level and further develop their professional leadership skills, networks and psychiatric experience. The program creates prospects for fellows to expand relationships with peers and national thought-leaders in the field of psychiatry. This fellowship has graduated many participants who have gone on to assume leadership roles that have helped guide the field of psychiatry.


  • Funding to attend two APA Annual Meetings
  • Funding to attend two September Components Meetings, including the full-day All Fellows’ Orientation

Number of Awards

10 per year, pending funding


  • Engage in leadership sessions and interact with national leaders in the field of psychiatry.
  • Participate on an assigned APA council where organizational decisions are made.
  • Gain an understanding of APA Governance through service on a council.
  • Attend workshops at APA Annual Meetings and be exposed to training opportunities that develop leaders in psychiatry.
  • Have the opportunity to sit on the APA Board of Trustees as a non-voting member (one of the American Psychiatric Leadership Fellows allowed).
  • Have access to lifetime network of a professional association.
  • Establish relationships and peer-mentorship with a diverse group of resident fellows with similar career goals and interests.


Two consecutive years

Program Term

July 1, 2016 – June, 30 2018

Eligibility at the Time of Matriculation

  • APA member
  • Enrolled as PGY-2 in an accredited U.S. or Canadian psychiatry residency program
  • Passed appropriate board examinations (i.e. USMLE 1-3; COMLEX 1-3; Canadian QE; LMCC 1-2)
  • Need not be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or a graduate of a U.S. medical school

Participation in more than one APA fellowship simultaneously is not permitted.

Nomination Requirements

  • Nominations are accepted from a training director or department chair only. (Residency training directors and department chairs are encouraged to discuss all potential candidates in their program in order to determine the single best nominee.)
  • Each training programs may only nominate one resident
  • Completed online application form
  • Curriculum vitae (please incorporate the five Candidate Competencies, below, as subheadings)
  • Personal statement which includes career vision, insight into larger issues facing psychiatry and how the Fellowship would benefit career goals
  • Letter from Residency Training Director or Department Chair including:
    • Detailed information regarding clinical work and leadership activities and include, as subheadings, the criteria listed under 5 Candidate Competencies (see below)
    • Specific and candid evaluation of the nominee’s performance as a resident, an appraisal of his/her activities in which leadership qualities have been shown, information on any special commendations, details of academic accomplishments, an estimate of the nominee’s potential contributions to the APA nationally and locally, and any other information that would assist the committee in making its selection

Candidate Competencies

The selection committee will be looking for the following competencies in the applicants:

  1. Clinical Skills: Demonstrated clinical excellence in residency through evaluations and awards
  2. Leadership: Demonstrated leadership in psychiatric and/or other medical pursuits prior to and during residency, including any community and/or regional leadership activities
  3. Involvement: Involvement in components and/or activities in residency training program, hospital, university, APA (including District Branches), state/national psychiatric organizations, other medical organizations and/or within the community
  4. Research/Publications: Demonstrated academic accomplishment in research and publication prior to or during residency training
  5. Teaching: Demonstrated academic accomplishment teaching residents, medical students and/or the community, with evidence of excellence such as awards, notable feedback and/or other recognition. This includes presentations at departmental grand rounds

Application Deadline

  • January 30, 2016

All application documents must be uploaded to the online application form.

Award Notification


Program Requirements

Recipients must commit throughout the duration of the fellowship to:

  • Maintain APA membership and good standing in one’s residency program.
  • Attend the APA Annual Meeting and all fellowship-related activities.
  • Contribute to the work of an APA council (in-person meetings, conference calls, email discussions and council work groups).
  • Participate in the All Fellows’ Orientation during the APA September Components Meeting.
  • Join a minimum of 75% of regular fellowship teleconferences.
  • Schedule mid-year and year-end evaluations with Fellowship Program Director and Manager.
  • Contribute items to the All Fellows’ e-newsletter and/or submit a post to the APA blog.
  • Prepare a year-end report outlining fellowship experiences.

Program Manager

Sejal Patel
(703) 907-8579

All applicants are required to e-mail the program manager after submitting the online application to verify receipt.


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