AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program


The AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program’s objective is to expand the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations, and to increase the number of doctoral level culturally competent ethnic minority Marriage and Family therapists.  Our goal is to do this by providing financial support and professional guidance to ethnic minority graduate students pursing doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family therapy.  Our mission-consistent with the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health and other federal initiatives to reduce health disparities-is to increase the pool of talented, culturally competent doctoral-level researchers, teachers and practitioners dedicated to assisting underserved minorities.

Funded by a grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), AAMFT has created the Minority Fellowship Program to support the training of practitioners or practitioner/researchers in culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services, treatment and prevention.  This fellowship program is directed at Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral students who are committed to research about and service to ethnic minority and underserved populations.

An MFP fellowship is more than a simple scholarship that only rpovides financial support.  An MFP fellowship is a professional training appointment into a community of other students and professionals who hold similar professional interests.  Indeed, the MFP provides stipends, or living allowances, to students who hold the fellowships.  However, we also facilitate leadership development and provide professional guidance with the aim of deepening the skill sets and knowledge base of the fellows in areas related to minority mental health research and services.

For more information regarding eligibility and financial support click here.