Minority Fellowship Program

Short Title: 
Initial Announcement
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Information
FOA Number: 
Posted on Grants.gov: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Application Due Date: 
Monday, February 12, 2018
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 
Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): 
Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency Coordination: 
Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), and Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Minority Fellowship Program (Short Title: MFP).  The purpose of this program is to: (1) increase the knowledge of mental and/or substance use disorder behavioral health professionals on issues related to prevention, treatment, and recovery support for individuals who are from racial and ethnic minority populations and have a mental or substance use disorder; (2) improve the quality of mental and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services delivered to racial and ethnic minority populations; and (3) increase the number of culturally competent mental and substance use disorders professionals who teach, administer services, conduct research, and provide direct mental and/or substance use disorder services to racial and ethnic minority populations. It is expected that MFP will reduce behavioral health disparities and improve health care outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations.


Public or private non-profit professional organizations representing mental and substance use disorder treatment professionals in the fields of psychiatry, nursing, social work, psychology, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and substance use disorder and addictions counseling.  These organizations will support post-baccalaureate training, including for master’s and doctoral degrees. These organizations have the necessary mechanisms and databases for identifying candidate Fellows and the infrastructure and expertise to carry out grant activities. As such, these entities are uniquely qualified to administer the MFP program.

NOTE: Only one award will be made for each of the seven disciplines. An entity may propose to address more than one discipline but will need to submit a separate application for each discipline.  An entity could be awarded more than one grant.  The highest scoring application for each of the seven disciplines will be awarded.   

Award Information
Funding Mechanism: 
Anticipated Total Available Funding: 
Anticipated Number of Awards: 
Anticipated Award Amount: 
Up to $1,422,741 per year
Length of Project: 
Up to 5 years
Cost Sharing/Match Required?: 

Proposed budgets cannot exceed $1,422,741 in total costs (direct and indirect) in any year of the proposed project. Annual continuation awards will depend on the availability of funds, recipient progress in meeting project goals and objectives, timely submission of required data and reports, and compliance with all terms and conditions of award.

Funding estimates for this announcement are based on an annualized Continuing Resolution and do not reflect the final FY 2018 appropriation.  Applicants should be aware that funding amounts are subject to the availability of funds.

Contact Information
Program Issues

Deborah Rose
Division of State and Community Systems Development
Center for Mental Health Services/SAMHSA

Shannon Taitt
Quality Improvement and Workforce Development Branch
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment/SAMHSA

Grants Management and Budget Issues

Gwendolyn Simpson
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1408

Last Updated: 01/25/2018