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Clinical Psychology Fellowships

What are Clinical Psychology Fellowships?

Clinical Psychology Fellowships are specialized scholarships awarded to students who demonstrate leadership in their research labs (through active participation in lab activities, mentoring of junior students, etc.) and show academic excellence. They are intended to provide support to both the students and the research labs. Each fellowship comes with a total of $15,000 for the academic year ($5,000 for each: Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters).

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying to one of the fellowships, there are two steps. First, discuss your desire to apply with your faculty advisor. Next, complete your application. Applications are due Monday, April 4, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT. Late applications will not be considered.

What are the different kinds of fellowships?

There are a total of four different kinds of fellowships (Research, Clinical, Tranzow, and Fuller Psychological and Family Services). If appropriate, you may apply to more than one fellowship. However, if selected, you will only be awarded one fellowship. You will not receive multiple fellowships in one academic year.

1. Research Fellowships

The Research Fellowships are for third-, fourth-, and fifth-year students. Students in both PsyD and PhD cohorts are eligible for fellowships. However, because of this fellowship’s emphasis on research, PhD students are more likely to qualify.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrate leadership in their respective research labs
  • Possess strong knowledge in research and analytical methods (quantitative or qualitative analyses and procedures)
  • Have experience in mentoring junior students
  • Made a significant contribution to research projects within their lab
  • Demonstrate continued commitment to support the research lab and its junior students
  • Show academic excellence

2. Clinical Fellowships

The Clinical Fellowships are for third-, fourth-, and fifth-year students. Students in both PsyD and PhD cohorts are eligible for a clinical fellowship. However, because of this fellowship’s emphasis on clinical training, PsyD students are more likely to qualify.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrate leadership in their respective research lab
  • Have experience in the domains of program development, implementation of clinical treatment or psycho-educational programs, and program evaluation
  • Have experience in mentoring junior students
  • Demonstrate continued commitment to support the research lab and its junior students
  • Show academic excellence

3. Frank & Till Tranzow Fellowship

The Tranzow Fellowship is for a third-, fourth-, or fifth-year clinical student who plans to work in the church or other ministry context and demonstrates a deep commitment to serving the church. Students in both PsyD and PhD cohorts are eligible for fellowships. However, because of this fellowship’s emphasis on research management, PhD students are more likely to qualify.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrate leadership in their respective research lab
  • Demonstrate a commitment to service or work in the church or other ministry contexts
  • Have experience in appropriate research and analytical methods
  • Have experience in mentoring junior students
  • Show academic excellence

4. Fuller Psychological and Family Services (FPFS) Fellowship

This fellowship is for a third-, fourth-, or fifth-year clinical student who has an interest in working in community mental health clinic settings. Students who are awarded this fellowship will help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing FPFS services and facilitate dissertation opportunities through optimizing and managing the FPFS research database. Students selected for this fellowship may also have an interest in utilizing the FPFS research database as the basis for their own dissertation.

Selection Criteria:

  • Possess knowledge of various research and analytical methods (quantitative or qualitative analyses and procedures)
  • Have an interest in working with the FPFS database, under the supervision of the FPFS research director, to make FPFS data more accessible to SoPMFT students and faculty interested in utilizing FPFS data for research projects
  • Have interest in conducting a program evaluation and program development for the benefit of FPFS, including interest in conducting their own dissertation directed at an FPFS-related project
  • Demonstrate ability to balance the needs of client care and research in a clinical setting
  • Demonstrate academic excellence, especially in the area of clinical work

Frequently Asked Questions

1. I am a second-year clinical student next year. Am I eligible to apply?

The fellowships are meant for advanced students in their third, fourth, or fifth year in the program who have demonstrated leadership within the lab. If you are a rising second-year student and are interested in applying, please discuss with your faculty advisor if this is the most appropriate time for you to apply. While you can still apply, please note that you may not be as competitive as other advanced students applying for these fellowships.

2. What is the difference between the Clinical Fellowship and the FPFS Fellowship?

As a Clinical Fellow, you will work closely with your faculty advisor within your research lab on a project that is more clinical in nature. As a FPFS Fellow, your focus and commitment will be on organizing and preparing FPFS clinical data for various SoPMFT research projects and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing FPFS services (including utilizing FPFS data for your own dissertation directed at an FPFS-related project).

3. I currently receive the Robertson Fellowship. Am I eligible to apply for one of these fellowships?

Recipients of the Robertson Fellowship are not eligible to apply for these fellowships.

4. I am a student in the MFT program. Can I apply?

Given the nature of these fellowships, they are only available to clinical doctoral (PsyD and PhD) students. MFT students are not eligible to apply.

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