How to Apply - Doctoral

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.  


You must be a member of an ethnic or racial minority group:

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


  • You must have a Master's Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, and you must be pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health or Substance Abuse.
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time doctoral student in a fully accredited nursing program. A 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.


You must be a member of the American Nurses Association.


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.


You must provide evidence of certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as one of the following:

  • Adult Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric - Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Psychiatric - Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing

If you have not yet attained certification, you must submit a specific plan for completing the certification requirement when you submit your Fellowship application. With your essay, please submit:

  • Your academic timeline for obtaining certification
  • The school or university where you will conduct your coursework
  • The number of credit hours and list of courses you need to complete the certification requirement

Interested in Applying?

Access the online application for all Fellowship awards offered by the MFP at ANA.

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