Application Information

In 1974, the National Institute of Minority Health (NIMH) established the Ethnic Minority Fellowship Program, a grant initiative, to enhance services to minority communities through specialized PhD training. After 1994, NIMH transferred the Minority Fellowship Program to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

In 2007, the Minority Fellowship Program (for doctoral students) was created at the AAMFT Research and Education Foundation, whose mission is to fund systemic and relational research, scholarship, and education in an effort to support and enhance the practice of systemic and relational therapies; advance the health care continuum; and improve client outcomes. SAMHSA began to fund the AAMFT MFP in 2008. In 2014, under President Obama's Now is the Time Initiative, SAMHSA expanded the Minority Fellowship Program to include the MFP-Youth for masters students. The MFP-Y (formally NITT-Y) program aims to increase the number of culturally competent Master's-level trained behavioral health professionals available to serve children, adolescents and youth transitioning into adulthood ages 16-25.

MFP Advisory Committee

Follow the above link to see our Advisory Committee members who assist the MFP is achieving its objectives of expanding the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to undeserved minority populations, and to increasing the number of doctoral level culturally competent ethnic minority Marriage and Family therapists. If you are interested in becoming an MFP Advisory Committee member and want to learn more about the application process please visit our Volunteer Applications page.

Frequently Asked Questions

MFP Fellowships

MFP Masters Fellowship

Application Period
Open: December 1, 2021 

MFP DF Fellowship Application

Application Period:
Open: December 1, 2021

MFP DCF Fellowship

Application Period
Open: December 1, 2020
Close: February 26, 2021 11:59 PM EST

MFP Volunteer, Training, and Presenter Information

MFP Volunteer Applications

The MFP needs your help to contribute to the growth and development of the behavioral health workforce. There a multiple ways to help the MFP Fellows through a nominal portion of your time.

Application Period
Open: January 1
Close: August 31

MFP Training Presenter Application

Would you like to present research or training that is relevant to the MFP and SAMHSA? Send us an abstract!

Application Period:
Open: September 30
Close: March 30