APA Travel Scholarships for Medical Students

These scholarships support travel and related costs for racial/ethnic and underrepresented minority medical students considering a career in psychiatry to attend either the Annual Meeting in May or the IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference in October.

This program is a terrific way for medical students to witness organized psychiatry at work and learn more about the field. Not only will students attend sessions for experts and trainees alike, they will be assigned a mentor who help maximize their Annual Meeting or IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference experience and discuss career plans and resident training programs.


Funding to attend the Annual Meeting or IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference

Number of Awards

10 awardees per year, pending funding


  • Develop interest in the field of psychiatry
  • Provide mentorship from the National Minority Mentor’s Network (NMMN) and current MFP fellows
  • Opportunity to attend workshops and sessions at APA Meetings
  • Access to a lifetime network of a professional association with psychiatrists interested in minority mental health and services
  • Establish relationships and peer-mentorship with a diverse group of medical students with similar career interests and goals


The duration of the meeting.


  • APA Student Member at the time of application
  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. medical school
  • Ability to commit to the duration of the program

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest (not to exceed one-page)
  • Letter from medical school’s Dean’s office indicating the applicant is a medical student in good academic standing

Application Deadline

  • Annual Meeting: January 31, 2017
  • IPS: Mental Health Services Conference: June 21, 2017

All application documents must be received by these dates.

Visit the APA website for more info.

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