FAQs about the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS)

Postdoctoral MHSAS Fellows

Funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the MFP has created the Postdoctoral MHSAS fellowship to support the specialized training of early career doctoral recipients who have primary interests in services or policy related to the behavioral health or psychological well-being of ethnic minorities.

Basic Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or noncitizen nationals
  • Have received a conferred doctoral degree in psychology in the last five years
  • Be engaged in specialized postdoctoral training (not a permanent employment position) by the fall immediately following the application deadline
  • Demonstrate support from an established sponsor at his/her postdoctoral institution
  • Have a strong commitment to a career in ethnic minority behavioral health services or policy.
  • It is not required for applicants to identify as ethnic minorities; however, African-Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Asian-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are especially encouraged to apply.
MFP Benefits
  • Financial support (two years maximum. Must be renewed annually)
  • A small budget for travel and related expenses
  • Ancillary training opportunities and enrichment experiences
  • Access to information and resources
  • Lifetime network of professional association with psychologists and other professionals focused on ethnic minority behavioral health issues

Frequently Asked Questions About the MHSAS
Postdoctoral Fellowship

Q: What are the criteria used to select fellows?
Selection of an applicant is contingent upon the:

  1. Commitment of the applicant to a career in ethnic minority behavioral health service delivery or public policy
  2. Qualifications of the applicant’s sponsor 
  3. Applicant’s current training site/environment is in line with his/her career goals.
  4. Merit of the applicant’s training proposal 
  5. Potential as a future leader in ethnic minority psychology, demonstrated through accomplishments and goals 
  6. Consistency between the applicant’s work and the MFP goals 
  7. Letters of recommendation

Q: What is an “established sponsor?” 
The sponsor would be the individual directly supervising the applicant’s training at the postdoctoral institution. For more information, please refer to the instructions under Sponsor Defined.

Q:  I do not have a sponsor. Can I still apply without a sponsor? 
  In order to apply for the postdoctoral fellowship you must have a sponsor, because the commitment of a sponsor to your training is critical to the postdoctoral fellowship.

Q: What qualifies as a postdoctoral institution? Can my workplace serve as a postdoctoral training site?
  The postdoctoral training site must be a postdoctoral training program as defined in criterion 1 on the APPIC website. A worksite may not be used as a postdoctoral position training site.

Q: Do I need to send my undergraduate transcripts?
No. We only need doctoral transcripts.