The American Psychiatric Association Foundation is proud to offer a variety of programs for residents and medical students to foster the growth of the field of Psychiatry. Additionally, the APA Foundation has numerous award and grant opportunities to honor the contributions of individuals and organizations to the field of psychiatry, and their efforts in advancing the mental health of their communities.
Through the American Psychiatric Association Foundation's community-based programs, fellowships, awards and grants, we address critical mental health needs and direct resources where they are needed most. All of our initiatives focus on one goal: A mentally healthy nation for all.
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APA/APAF Fellowships produce well-rounded psychiatrists uniquely positioned to be leaders in the field. Alumni have risen to leadership positions within organized psychiatry and continue to innovate the field through their thought leadership.
The APA Foundation Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Summer Medical Student Program (SMSP) provides medical students who are interested in serving underserved communities the experiential learning, training, and professional development they need to be leaders in the field of psychiatry.The SMSP awards Medical Students with the following:
Each year the APA Foundation honors individuals and organizations for their contributions to the field of psychiatry or the impact of their work in improving the lives of people with mental illness.
Awards for Individuals
|Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Prevention||Recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has made significant contributions to the prevention of mental disorders in children and adolescents and influenced the general well-being of young people.|
|Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Distinguished Career Achievement||Honors a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been noted for outstanding contributions to the advancement of child and adolescent psychiatry in activities such as teaching, research, writing, clinical care, advocacy, and policy.|
|Simon Bolivar Award||Honors a prominent advocate for Hispanic mental health.|
|John Fryer Award||Honors an individual whose work has contributed to the improvement of mental health of sexual minority communities.|
|Solomon Carter Fuller Award||Honors a black citizen who has pioneered in an area that has significantly benefited the quality of life of black people.|
|Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry||Recognizes an early-career geriatric psychiatrist who has made noteworthy contributions to geriatric psychiatry through excellence in research, teaching, clinical practice, and community service and has demonstrated the potential to develop into a leader in the field.|
|Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry||Honors a psychiatrist who over the course of his or her career has demonstrated special leadership or has done outstanding work in clinical practice, training, or research into geriatric psychiatry.|
|Jeanne Spurlock, M.D. Minority Fellowship Achievement Award||Recognizes the achievements of former fellows of the Minority Fellowships who have made (or are making) significant contribution(s) to the profession and/or the minority community.|
|Oskar Pfister Award||Honors an outstanding contributor in the field of psychiatry and religion.|
|O'Leary Award for Innovation in Psychiatry||Provides seed money to launch innovative ideas in the field of mental and behavioral health.|
|Kun-Po Soo Award||Recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions toward understanding the impact and importance of Asian cultural heritage in areas relevant to psychiatry.|
|Alexandra Symonds Award||Recognizes a woman psychiatrist who has made significant contributions to promoting women's health and the advancement of women.|
|George Tarjan Award||Honors a physician who has made significant contributions to the enhancement of the integration of international medical graduates into American psychiatry.|
Awards for Organizations
|Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health||Recognizes community organizations that have undertaken innovative and supportive efforts to:
The Helping Hands Grants Program provides grants of up to $5,000 to medical schools for mental health and substance use disorder projects, particularly in under-served minority communities. Funded projects are created and managed by medical students and can be conducted in partnership with community agencies, or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities.
Grant Applications accepted from February to May each year.
The MOORE Equity in Mental Health Community Grants Program was established in 2021 by American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Division of Diversity and Health Equity and APA Foundation (APAF) to support community organizations that have undertaken innovative awareness programs and/or have provided services to improve the mental health of young people of color.
The MOORE Equity in Mental Health Community Grants Program awards will be in the total amount of $10,000 for a two-year funding period contingent on the first year being successfully completed.
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