Eligibility Requirements for All Fellowships


Applicant Must Be:

  • An American Citizen or have Permanent Visa Status;
  • An Individual with a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing or a Related Field and Pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health or Related Field;
  • A Registered Nurse;
  • An ANA Member;
  • A Member of an Ethnic/Racial Minority Group: Asian or Asian American, Black or African American, Hispanic, or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and
  • Able to Demonstrate a Commitment to a Research Career in Nursing and Substance Abuse and/or Psychiatric/Mental Health Issues Affecting Minority Populations.

The SAMHSA MFP at ANA is designed to support PhD, DNP, and BS to PhD candidates. Funded by SAMHSA, applications must be submitted by March 1. Fellowships are renewed on an annual basis; appointments can range from one to five years. Preferably, the fellowship guidelines recommend that all applicants should have completed one year of graduate studies prior to applying to the MFP. Exceptions might be made to outstanding applicants. Renewals are not automatic. Instead, it is contingent upon compliance with all SAMHSA program requirements, successful academic performance, and the availability of funds. An annual careful review of Fellows documents are used to determine continuing appointments.

Critical dimensions that help to verify the potential for fellowship funding include:

  • A program of study that reflects a focus in mental health and/or substance abuse disorders prevention and treatment in a variety of populations including children, elders, individuals with severe mental illness and so forth
  • Evidence that you are acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills that will assist you in addressing the purpose and goals of the MFP during your career
  • Documentation of clinical expertise with individuals and families in a variety of acute and recovery settings
  • Certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, a Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, an Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Clinical Specialist, or a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Specialist
  • Certification in other specialties such as pediatrics, community health nursing, home health nursing, and informatics, will be given special consideration, and could serve as the backdrop for facilitating the attainment of your certification in psychiatric & mental health nursing
  • Certification in substance abuse is expected for those individuals who have a subspecialty in this area. Submission of proof of certification is required when the application is submitted
  • If certification is not yet attained, a specific plan for completing the certification requirements must accompany your application (For more detailed information and certification requirements, please visit the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) website at www.nursecredentialing.org

If your career has been in a different clinical specialty (e.g., pediatrics, community health, administration) by applying for this fellowship, you are committing to a paradigm shift in your profession. That is, you are agreeing to become an expert and leader in psychiatric & mental health, and/or substance abuse disorders nursing. The intent and impact of your paradigm shift must be evident in your career goals, your program of study, including clinical practice which matches your focal point in research/policy/education and any other knowledge and skills acquisition activities that are undertaken during this fellowship. Applicants, their academic advisors, and the dean of the school of nursing or his/her designee, will be asked to sign a statement, Intent to Practice in Psychiatric & Mental Health and or substance Abuse Disorders Nursing, that must accompany the application. You must also become certified.

The MFP at the ANA is one of five programs supported by SAMHSA. The purpose of all of the five MFP programs is to both facilitate the entry of ethnic minority students into mental health/substance abuse prevention and treatment careers, and increase the number of psychologists, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, and marriage and family therapists who are well trained to teach, administer, and provide direct mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic minority groups. The goals for the five SAMHSA MFP initiatives are:

  • To target training support to increase the pool of doctoral-level ethnic minority behavioral health professionals who are committed to improve services for ethnic minorities with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.
  • To create a nucleus of ethnic minority behavioral health professionals who will provide leadership, consultation, training and services administration expertise to State and community agencies, primary care provider organizations and educational institutions for services delivered to ethnic minorities with mental and/or substance abuse disorders.
  • To collaborate with national mental health/substance abuse prevention and treatment organizations to accomplish training support and to enhance interdisciplinary efforts to increase quality of care and access to mental health and substance abuse services for underserved ethnic minority communities.
  • To ensure that training is consistent with the latest developments in the evolving behavioral health delivery and financing mechanisms; specifically, programs should work toward the goal to have all MFP Fellows well trained in both mental health and substance abuse.
  • To expand evaluation of services in underserved ethnic minority persons with mental health and substance abuse issues. Please see www.samhsa.gov.