Eligibility Requirements - Doctoral

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To be eligible to apply for the Minority Fellowship Program, you must meet the following criteria.


You must be an American citizen or permanent resident.


Member of an ethnic or racial minority group, including but not limited to:

  • Asian or Asian American
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander


  • Applicants must have a Master’s Degree or completed at least nine (9) credits related to Psychiatric/Mental Health or Substance Abuse.  If you have less than 9 credit hours, complete the application and the National Advisory Committee will review your application to determine eligibility. 

  • You must be enrolled as a full-time doctoral student in a fully accredited nursing program with at least one full year in the program remaining. full-time student is enrolled in a school for the number of credit hours or courses in any academic term that the school considers to be full-time. A fully accredited school or degree program is one that is accredited by a national accrediting agency and/or a state approval agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • An applicant’s enrollment in a graduate program may be pending at the time of application; however, if appointed as a Fellow during the review of the application, it will be contingent upon the applicant providing proof that they are enrolled in a full-time graduate nursing program.


  • Must have an active Registered Nurse License.


The documents included in your application (CV, recommendations, essay, etc.) should demonstrate your commitment to a career in substance abuse or psychiatric/mental health issues affecting minority populations.  Fellows are required to commit to a minimum of 2 years’ service in mental health and/or substance use after graduation.

SAMHSA's Expectation of MFP Fellows

  • Work to improve behavioral health conditions of ethnic and racial minorities;
  • Assist SAMHSA in maintaining program funding;
  • Strengthen your professional foundation;
  • Give back;
  • Help SAMHSA promote the Minority Fellowship Program;
  • Participate in the MFP community of learning; and 
  • Complete All MFP Surveys Administered by SAMHSA and Your Sponsoring Fellowship Organization


There may be a tax liability associated with the SAMHSA MFP/ANA fellowship award (stipend). Award recipients are strongly urged to consult with a tax accountant to make sure they are handling this fellowship appropriately and that all IRS conditions are met.  It is the responsibility of the award recipient to investigate potential liabilities. ANA CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IF AN INDIVIDUAL MISREPRESENTS THE USE OF THEIR STIPEND AWARD TO THE IRS.