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Admissions & Application

The Institute anticipates a total of 12 scholars each year, including student scholars and community partner scholars. The application deadline is October 1, 2017, with the program beginning in the spring semester, 2018. 

Scholars will be master’s and doctoral degree students in fields related to drug abuse and mental health clinical and services research. Potential fields include social work, rehabilitation and mental health counseling, criminology, public health, clinical psychology, cognitive and neural sciences, and education.

The Institute is designed to cover all costs associated with scholar experiences, including tuition and fees, annual national conference participation, and required web-based training. Individuals who historically have been under-represented in behavioral health services research or persons who self-identify as belonging to another under-represented group are encouraged to apply. USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in academics. Applicants who need disability accommodations in order to participate in the selection process should contact Dr. Donna Burton, Co-Investigator, at dburton@usf.edu or 813-974-3241, at least five working days in advance of need.

Eligibility Criteria

Institute scholars will meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for admission:
  1. Be enrolled in a master’s degree or doctoral degree program at USF in selected areas including social work, rehabilitation and mental health counseling, criminology, public health, clinical psychology, cognitive and neural sciences, and education;
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to a career that emphasizes clinical or services research in the field of drug abuse and mental health;
  3. Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career in the field of child and adolescent drug abuse and mental health; and
  4. Commit to remain enrolled in the Institute for four consecutive semesters (spring, summer, fall, spring) and attend the national Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health during the first and second spring semesters.   

The Institute application includes a personal statement (250 words or less), CV or resume, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Donna Burton, Co-Investigator, at dburton@usf.edu or 813-974-3241. 

Applications can be submitted through the USF Graduate Certificate website.


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