Diversity Leadership Fellowship

The Diversity Leadership Fellowship is designed to develop leadership to improve the quality of mental health care for the following (not limited to) minority groups at risk and underrepresented in psychiatry: American Indians/Native Alaskans, Asian Americans/Native Hawaiians/Native Pacific Islanders, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and the LGBTQ community. The fellowship identifies and motivates psychiatry residents who – through the experiential and training opportunities of the program – will become well-equipped leaders in psychiatry by providing culturally sensitive mental health services to diverse and underserved populations. MFP


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

Number of Awards

10 per year, pending funding

Program Benefits

  • Develop and sharpen leadership skills within the field of psychiatry and advance understanding of the life experiences of racial/ethnic minority communities.
  • Receive mentorship from the National Minority Mentor’s Network (NMMN) and at multiple levels throughout APA.
  • Assist International Medical Graduates (IMG) with origins outside the U.S. to find their way in both the psychiatric community and American culture.
  • Attend the APA Annual Meeting and September Components meeting and participate on an assigned Council.
  • Gain an understanding of APA Governance through service on a Council.
  • Attend courses and workshops at APA Meetings.
  • Participate in workshop presentations at the APA meetings and attend training opportunities that develop psychiatry leaders with an interest in improving the quality of mental health care for diverse and underserved populations
  • Have the opportunity to sit on the APA Board of Trustees as a non-voting member (one SAMHSA, SAMSHA Substance Abuse or Diversity Leadership fellow allowed).
  • Receive access to a lifetime network of a professional association with psychiatrists interested in minority mental health and services.
  • Establish relationships and peer-mentorship with a diverse group of resident fellows with similar career interests and goals.
  • Gain access to resources and supporting activities that enhance culturally relevant aspects of their training program.


Two consecutive years

Program Term

July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018

Eligibility at the Time of Matriculation

  • APA member
  • Need not be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or a graduate of a U.S. medical school
  • Must be at least PGY-2 and remain in training the entire duration fellowship
  • Federal employees are ineligible
  • All applicants are welcome to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

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

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one letter from Training Director addressing trainees contribution to minority and underserved populations
  • One-page personal statement explaining how the fellowship will impact the applicants career

View more information about application requirements.

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 for the All Fellows' e-newsletter and/or submit a post to the APA blog.
  • Prepare a year-end report outlining fellowship experiences.


Diversity Leadership fellows do not receive stipends. You must be in an accredited psychiatry residency program for both years of the fellowship.

Program Manager

Tatiana P. Claridad
(703) 907-7894

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


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