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    AACAP Junior Investigator Award

    Offered by American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Mar 19, 2024
    1 award worth up to


    Grade level

    Graduate Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    April 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you an early-career faculty (assistant professor level or equivalent) conducting research related to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of child and adolescent mental health disorders? Further, do you hold AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) membership or have a membership application pending? If so, the AACAP Junior Investigator Award may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the Award gives a reward of up to $30,000 a year for two years to one such child and adolescent psychiatry early-career faculty (assistant professor level or equivalent). Applicants must be board-eligible or certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, have a doctoral-level degree, and be in a faculty or independent research position.

    If you’re an early-career faculty and AACAP member conducting research related to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of child and adolescent mental health disorders, we encourage you to apply.

    About American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

    AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)'s mission is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    Graduate Students

    Academic Interest

    Child and Family Studies


    Applicants must (1) be AACAP members or have a membership application pending, (2) have a doctoral level degree and be in a faculty or independent research position, and (3) have an on-site mentor who has had experience in the type of research that is being proposed (that will normally include work with children and adolescents).

    Application information

    In addition to the below application materials, interested students must submit a budget (should include travel for up to five days to attend AACAP’s Annual Meeting), Mentor Letter, Career Development Plan which illustrates how the award will assist the applicant in reaching their goal of becoming an independent researcher, their Mentor's CV or NIH Biosketch, and a list of other current grant support for the applicant and their mentor.

    Research proposal

    Resume or CV

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    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) at [email protected].

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