The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) aims to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racial and ethnic populations.
MFP fellowships are open to people pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in various fields of behavioral health. Through seven national behavioral health organizations selected by Congress to administer the program, some 200 MFP fellows are awarded educational scholarships and receive training each year under the program.
The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) helps foster specialized training of behavioral health professionals in the following disciplines:
Marriage and family therapy
Each year some 200 fellows (master's-level or postgraduate students) are accepted into the program.
The program is administered by seven MFP grantee organizations. Each MFP grantee individually manages the application approval process and program activities for their given disciplines. Approved applicants are offered scholarships, tuition assistance, professional development training, and other resources as benefits of program enrollment.
Training might include professional development seminars or webinars on cutting-edge behavioral health practices and sponsored attendance at professional conferences and meetings. It might also include practicum placements, externships, and internships that provide unique mentoring, supervision, and clinical interactions with racial and ethnic minority populations.
MFP fellows often go on to serve in key leadership positions in behavioral health treatment services, policy and program development, services supervision, services research, training, and administration. Alumni laud the program for helping them to network and share ideas with others dedicated to minority health issues. Some report having presented or published for the first time as an MFP fellow.
Personal stories of program participants are featured in Minority Fellowship eNews, SAMHSA’s quarterly newsletter for MFP fellows and alumni. Access the latest issue of Minority Fellowship eNews as well as other publications and resources.
To find out more about how to apply for this fellowship, go to the fellowship's web site.