Admissions & Application
The Institute anticipates a total of 15 scholars each year, including student scholars and community partner scholars. Applications will be accepted during the fall semester and the program will begin in the spring semester.
Scholars will be from master’s 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 scholar experiences, including annual 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 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 consecutive semesters and attend the annual children’s mental health research and policy conference.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Donna Burton at 813-974-3241 (office) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications can be submitted through the USF Graduate Certificate website.