Admissions & Application
The Institute anticipates a total of 15 scholars each year, ten student scholars and five community partner scholars. Applications will be accepted during the fall semester and the program will begin in the spring semester.
Scholars will be from masters and doctoral degree programs 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 trainee experiences, including annual conference participation and required web based training. Individuals who historically have been underrepresented in clinical and 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 Ms. Donna L. Burton, Project Director at least five working days in advance of need.
Institute scholars will meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for admission:
The Institute application will include a personal statement (250-words or less), CV or resume, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts.
- Be enrolled in a master's degree or doctoral degree program at USF in selected areas, potential fields include social work, rehabilitation and mental health counseling, criminology, public health, clinical psychology, cognitive and neural sciences, and education;
- Demonstrate commitment to a career that emphasizes clinical or services research in the field of drug abuse and mental health;
- Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career in the field of child and adolescent drug abuse and mental health; and
- Intend to remain enrolled in the Institute for four full semesters and attend the annual conference. Institute scholars from the community agency partners will not be required to be fully matriculated in a degree program (criterion 1), but will be master’s prepared clinicians, researchers, or administrators.
Interested applicants should contact Donna Burton at 813-974-3241 (office) or by email: email@example.com.
Applications can be submitted through the USF Graduate Certificate website.