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AAMFT Foundation Fellowships and Awards

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation is dedicated to increasing the pool of talented, culturally competent doctoral-level researchers, teachers and practitioners dedicated to assisting underserved minorities. The AAMFT Foundation provides grant and scholarship opportunities to support research and education intended to improve healthcare outcomes and advance foundation objectives.

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) supports Doctoral and Master's students by facilitating and supplementing their growth and development as future practitioners in the field of marriage and family therapy. Funded largely by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), AAMFT Foundation has created the MFP to support the training of practitioners or practitioner/researchers in culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services, treatment and prevention.

The AAMFT MFP offers three fellowships:

  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF): For doctoral students at the dissertation stage of their curriculum;
  • Doctoral Fellowship (DF): For doctoral students still in the process of completing pre dissertation core curriculum;
  • Now Is The Time: Minority Fellowship Program- Youth (NITT-MFP-Y): For masters students interested in service provision to the nation’s youth.

Program details, applications, and eligibility criteria vary.

Other AAMFT Graduate Awards include:

  • Dissertation Award

    Dissertation Awards honors graduate students producing dissertations in family systems by recognizing their achievement as an example of excellence in marriage and family therapy education.

  • Graduate Student Research Award

    The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation recognizes graduate students producing cutting-edge research in systems and honoring the tradition of high quality research in marriage and family therapy.

Last updated: October 2017

Always check program websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


Fields of Study:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral program


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Professional Opportunity
  • Study


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • 3 year maximum, renewed annually


  • January  

Special Considerations:

  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic group
  • LGBT

Degree Level:

  • Graduate


  • varies by year and program