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Mental Health First Aid Doctoral Student Grants

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA Doctoral Student Grants represent a commitment by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing to grow the research behind and evaluation of all MHFA programs. Each year, the grant will provide a one-time award of $5,000 to four outstanding full-time doctoral candidates who demonstrate significant potential as researchers in their fields of study and who are interested in evaluating the outcomes of MHFA trainings in the U.S.


  • Full-time doctoral student pursuing a degree in psychology, public health, or related field of study.
  • Previous evaluation experience and demonstrated ability to document findings through publications and/or presentations.
  • Documented experience with MHFA (e.g., as an MHFA Instructor or Coordinator) and/or strong interest in MHFA.
  • Bring a strong diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to their research, or explore a population’s experience with an MHFA program and recommend ways to make the curriculum more culturally relevant to that specific group.


Once funded, doctoral grant recipients must:

  • Submit regular research updates to the MHFA team.
  • Participate in quarterly research calls with other grantees.
  • Submit a final report of research findings to the MHFA team within two years of receiving the grant.
  • Participate as a presenter at an MHFA-sponsored event highlighting research.
  • Pursue a formal publication or presentation opportunity. (MHFA- or National Council-sponsored opportunities, such as NatCon, the MHFA Summit or a MHFA Research Symposium, may be allowed).

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The application will be posted to this page on May 21, 2021. The deadline for applying is June 18, 2021.

Interested doctoral students must apply to be considered for the grant. Successful applicants will demonstrate innovative ideas for measuring MHFA program outcomes and diverse program evaluation experience.

Awardee Selection

A committee of MHFA staff and external researchers will review all applications June 21-25, 2021. Finalist candidates will be interviewed by a panel, and the top four candidates will be awarded grants. Prior to receiving the grant funding, top candidates and their advisors must sign a memorandum of understanding committing to all requirements.

Important Dates

  • May 21, 2021: Grant application released
  • May 25, 2021: Learn More webinar
  • June 18, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET: Grant application deadline
  • June 21-25, 2021: Grant applications reviewed and finalists selected
  • June 28-July 2, 2021: Finalists interviews
  • July 5-8, 2021: Awardees selected
  • July 9, 2021: Awardee announced
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