AACAP Life Members Mentorship Grants for Medical Students

Supported by AACAP's Life Members Fund.

*The award is discretionary and subject to funding availability.

ATTENTION: As the 2020 AACAP Annual Meeting is now virtual, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Life Member Mentorship Program for Medical Students (MGMS) will no longer be offered this year. The good news is that Annual Meeting registration is free for medical student AACAP members, and includes access to more than 200 non-ticketed events.

Program Description
The MGMS provides the opportunity for medical students to attend AACAP’s 67th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California October 19 - October 24, 2020 and receive an introduction into the field of child and adolescent psychiatry through AACAP’s Mentorship Program. MGMS recipients also participate in programs sponsored by the Life Members, which is a group of the oldest and most distinguished members of AACAP, all having been members for at least 30 years. Many of those in this group served as AACAP leadership and also pioneered many of the significant discoveries and developments in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. Partnered with the Mentorship Program, this program provides participants with networking opportunities, exposure to varying specialties, and interaction with Life Members. Participation in this program provides up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the AACAP Annual Meeting.

Program Benefits*
(NOTE: The availability of these benefits is contingent upon receipt of adequate funding from AACAP.)

  • Up to $1,000 reimbursement for travel expenses to AACAP’s 67th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. This includes airfare, hotel, in-transit costs, and meals (max. $75/day). Applicants will be required to provide documentation of travel expenses in order to receive AACAP reimbursement.
  • Participation in SEVEN AACAP Annual Meeting sessions, including the Medical Students and Residents Meet Life Members, the Mentorship Program, Karl Menninger, MD, Plenary, the Life Members Reception and Dinner, and the Young Leaders Awards Breakfast.


  • Applicants must be enrolled in a medical school in the United States at the time of the AACAP Annual Meeting in October 2020.
  • Recipients are also required to share the AACAP recruitment video, 'Be Captivated' with fellow medical students in their program within the 6 months following the Annual Meeting.
  • Recipients are required to provide a thank you letter to the funder.
  • Recipients are required to complete an evaluation of the experience
  • Participants must be in good standing at their medical school.
  • Participants must attend all AACAP Annual Meeting events specified by AACAP.
  • Medical Students must be AACAP members or pending at the time of their application to be considered.

Application Process

Use the online awards system to complete your application and to upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Personal statement articulating a compelling reason for wanting to attend the Annual Meeting; and
  • Letter of support from a faculty member or mentor.

In addition, a letter of good standing from the applicant's medical school must be sent directly to AACAP via email at training@aacap.org or fax at 202-587-9663.

Award closed. Please check back for the Spring 2021 opportunities.

For more information, contact the AACAP Assistant Director of Training and Education at training@aacap.org or 202-587-9663.

AACAP reserves the right to waive liabilities.