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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 Behavioral health 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 Ph.D. 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.

Eligibility

  • 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.

Requirements

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).

Application

The application will be posted to this page on May 12, 2021. The deadline for applying is June 11, 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 14-18, 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 12, 2021: Grant application released
  • June 11, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET: Grant application deadline
  • June 14-18, 2021: Grant applications reviewed and finalists selected
  • May 31-June 4, 2021: Finalists interviews
  • June 21-July 1, 2021: Awardees selected
  • July 2, 2021: Awardee announced
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