AAEP Rising Scholars Program

The AAEP Rising Scholars Program recognizes and supports the development of junior faculty and trainees who have the potential to make substantial contributions to the practice of emergency psychiatry. This one-year Fellowship offers a year-long, mentored experience culminating in a presentation at the National Updates on Behavioral Emergencies (NUBE) Conference. We are seeking to help emerging scholars deepen their connection to AAEP and develop a professional network that can accelerate innovation and collaboration.

Fellows will participate in monthly mentoring meetings with Senior AAEP leaders. (Applicants may, but are by no means expected to, suggest a mentor.) We encourage Fellows to identify a project that they will develop as part of the Fellowship. AAEP recognizes the importance of all types of scholarship; as such, the proposed project can be original scientific research, a program evaluation, a quality improvement work, or other work. Fellows will then receive support in preparing a high quality abstract and presentation for the following year’s NUBE meeting. All types of scholarship are welcome though greatest consideration is given to projects generating new knowledge. Fellows will receive free conference registration for the year they present, free AAEP membership, and recognition at the NUBE conference.

Application process

Applications are accepted through the online form below and due August 1, 2024. Applicants must be current health professions students, residents, fellows, or junior faculty within 5 years of completion of training. Applicants must be AAEP members at the time of application. (Apply for membership here.) Applications will be judged by select AAEP Board members under the guidance of the AAEP Director of Research. Specific application criteria include

  • Extent of prior contributions to the field of emergency psychiatry and AAEP;
  • Potential and quality of proposed project pursuant to the criteria above; and
  • Clarity and quality of submitted materials.

The online web form requests basic personal data, a CV, and a letter of interest not to exceed 500 words. This letter should describe the applicant’s motivation for applying and goals for the Fellowship including the aim of any intended project and work done to date. There is no specific format for the letter of interest, which should seek to provide a narrative of the applicant’s prior work, current proposed project, and future aspirations in emergency psychiatry.

We will select up to 3 Fellows. One position is reserved for qualified applicants who are not physicians or physician trainees but in social work, counseling, psychology, advanced nursing practice, profession of physician assistants, or other fields.

Any questions about the Rising Scholars Program may be directed to the AAEP Director of Research, Dr. Scott Simpson ([email protected]).

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