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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Funded by APA Foundation

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is designed to develop and enhance interest among general psychiatry residents in pursuing careers in child and adolescent psychiatry and to foster child and adolescent psychiatrists' active involvement in the APA and APAF. This two-year fellowship program provides residents with opportunities to attend and participate in APA Annual meetings and mentoring activities with senior psychiatrists and leaders in the field.

The APA/APAF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is funded by the APA Foundation.

Program Benefits

  • Receive mentorship from child and adolescent psychiatrists and leaders
  • Attend a minimum of four APA meetings:
    • Two APA Annual Meetings or Mental Health Services Conferences
    • Two APA September Component Meetings (including attendance at the All Fellows' Orientation)
  • Attend scientific sessions at the APA Annual Meetings and learn the latest developments in research and treatments for children and adolescents with mental disorders
  • Gain an understanding of APA/APAF governance through service on an APA Council, Committee, or APAF initiative
  • Receive access to a lifetime network of a professional association
  • Establish relationships and peer-mentorship with a diverse group of resident fellows with similar career interests and goals

Program Expectations

  • Maintain APA membership and good standing in one's residency program throughout the fellowship
  • Attend two consecutive APA Meetings, the APA September Components Meetings, and all fellowship related activities
  • Participate in the All Fellows Orientation during the APA September Components Meeting
  • Participate on an assigned APA Council, Committee, or APAF work group where organizational decisions are made and gain an understanding of APA/APAF governance
  • Propose a scientific session for the APA Annual Meeting with guidance from an assigned mentor.
  • Participate in Fellowship teleconferences (a minimum of 75%)
  • Participate in mid-year and year-end evaluations with Fellowship Program Manager.
  • Contribute items for the All Fellows' e-Newsletter and/or submit a post to the APA blog.

Number of Awards

Up to 15 per year, pending funding


Two consecutive years

Program Term

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024

Eligibility at the Time of Matriculation

  • APA member
  • At least PGY 1 or PGY-2 in accredited U.S. or Canadian psychiatry residency program with two remaining years of training.
  • Have strong interest in public/community psychiatry
  • Open to non-U.S. citizens, non-US residents, and graduates of international medical colleges.

You may apply for as many APA/APAF Fellowships during an application cycle based on your eligibility. However, participation in more than one APA fellowship simultaneously is not permitted.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One-page personal statement explaining how the fellowship will impact the applicant's career
  • Three letters of recommendation from psychiatrists, including one letter from the applicant's training director or department chair addressing the trainee's potential contribution to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry

Selection Criteria

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

  • Excellence of the candidate's CV (leadership, creativity, clinical skills, extra-curricular activities, publications/presentations)
  • Letters of recommendation (training director's evaluation, other references)
  • Personal statement (compelling story of individual achievement, overcoming of odds)

Application Deadline

  • January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)

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