Summer Fellowship Program

2019/2020 Melissa Sullivan Endowed Fellowship Fund for Children and Families

Apply by Nov. 1. Download the application here

The Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR) at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce the 2019/2020 Melissa Sullivan Endowed Fellowship Fund for Children and Families. The purpose of this fellowship is to support graduate students in prevention science.

Prevention Science is a multi-disciplinary comprehensive approach to identify how best to promote the well-being of diverse families and communities by bridging research and practice. The College of Education and Human Development has an interdisciplinary graduate program in prevention science designed to grow the field by attracting students and scholars interested in examining the mechanisms that place children and families at risk for adversity and developing interventions to change this trajectory

The mission of ITR is to reduce the gap between research and practice by advancing quality research, evidence-based training, and information dissemination focused on children’s mental health and development ages 0-18. ITR offers opportunities for prevention science students from Family Social Science, Social Work, Educational Psychology, and the Institute for Child Development to garner prevention research experience in university-community collaborative projects.

Fellowship Requirements

One fellowship in the amount of $20,000 will be awarded to one student during the 2019/2020 academic year. If students are registered during the summer session, or work at an approved practicum or internships site during the summer months, the fellowship can be distributed across all semesters (fall, spring and summer).

Students are eligible to be considered for this award who meet the following requirements:

  1. Attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  2. Enrolled full-time in the College of Education and Human Development during the 2019/2020 academic year
  3. Graduate degree seeking students (Masters or PhD)
  4. Focusing on research areas related to prevention science and children and family mental health
  5.  Participating in an approved internship or practicum opportunity (paid or unpaid) as part of their required practical experience where this award would provide a financial supplement to the recipient and allow them to focus on the experience.

Applicants must check with their department to ensure they are able to receive this fellowship if they are already receiving funding from their department.  Payments will be made via a scholarship that is spread over the eligible semesters.

Preference will be given to students who are studying under a faculty member in CEHD and affiliated with ITR.  This award may be renewable to the recipient, provided the recipient demonstrates satisfactory progress toward a degree and continues to meet the criteria of the award.

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of ITR faculty who are not involved with students applying for the fellowship.  Please submit questions to Chris Bray at the email below.

Download the application here. Submit applications by Nov 1, 2019 at 4:30pm (CST) to: bray0021@umn.edu

ITR Summer Fellowship Program

Deadline: April 5, 2019, at noon

Each year ITR provides three graduate students with summer support to pursue collaborative research projects involving the development or expansion of evidence-based prevention or treatment interventions in children’s mental health. Applications are available each Spring. Contact Chris Bray at bray0021@umn.edu to learn more.

ITR MISSION: ITR is designed to bridge the vast research to practice gap in children’s mental health. Our mission is to advance quality research, clinical training, and information dissemination in evidence-based practices focused on children’s mental health and development for ages 0 to 18.

TYPES OF RESEARCH AWARDS: Collaborative research proposals may involve the use of secondary data or a new research proposal. Projects will not be awarded that are solely literature reviews.

FELLOWSHIP AWARD: Students will receive a $4,000 summer stipend with an expectation to commit 20-25 hours/week (June-August 2019) to a research project under the direction of an ITR faculty. It is expected that students will work toward a finished project, such as a conference proposal, article, or grant application. Students must attend ITR colloquia meetings during the 2019-2020 academic year, as well as give a project presentation at an ITR colloquia if asked. This is a one-time award. Students who have previously received ITR fellowships are not eligible to apply.

ITR FACULTY PROJECT ADVISOR: Interested students should collaborate with and identify an ITR faculty member. View our faculty listing here.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Please apply using the 2019 ITR fellowship application form. Submit you application materials to Chris Bray at bray0021@umn.edu by noon on April 5, 2019, at noon.