American Sociological Association (ASA) Minority Fellowship

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January 31, 2021

Start Date: 

Not Specified


12 months, renewable for up to 3 years

Area of Interest: 

Biomedical Sciences
Engineering, Computer Science, and Applied Sciences
Physical Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences




Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in mental health and drug abuse research. Funded by a training grant sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and co-funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research related to the nationís mental health and drug abuse research agendas.

Sociological research and research training focusing on the causes, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and drug abuse are important areas of emphasis within NIMH and NIDA, which are both part of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Research on core areas of the research missions of NIMH and NIDA include schizophrenia, depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse and addiction across the life course. In addition, research focusing on stigma associated with mental disorders and drug abuse, compliance to treatment; disparities in access, treatment, and service delivery; assessments of risk and protective factors of mental disorders; and abuse are all relevant to the missions and priorities of the NIMH and NIDA.

Applicants must be members of one of the following racial/ethnic groups: Blacks/African Americans, Latinos/as (e.g., Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans), American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Asians (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian), or Pacific Islanders (e.g., Hawaiian, Guamanian, Samoan, Filipino).


The annual stipend for each award (August 1- July 31) is $18,000. In addition, arrangements for the payments of tuition are made with universities or departments. There are also limited funds available for travel to the ASA Annual Meeting each August, regional or aligned association meetings in the spring or fall, and professional development training programs and workshops.



Social Science
Social Ecology
See Web site for more information



Year In School at 
start of program: 
Has Citizenship
Has Permanent Residence
Has Work Permit
Other: Must be enrolled (and completed one year) in a program that grants a Ph.D. in Sociology


Personal Statement
Letters of Recommendation
Other: Transcripts


ASA Minority Fellowship Program
American Sociological Association
1430 I Street, NW Suite 600
Washington , D.C. 20005-4701
Phone: 202-247-9860    


Program Website:
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