The Donald J. Cohen Fellowship Program (DJCFP) for International Scholars in Child and Adolescent Mental Health is a training program for young professionals modelled on successful activities at previous IACAPAP Congresses and Research Seminars. Its main goal is to facilitate access of aspiring leaders to the international organized community of child and adolescent mental health.
The DJCFP Awards aim to foster the professional development of emerging leaders in child and adolescent psychiatry throughout the world. We understand ‘leadership’ in its broadest context – whereas some countries may benefit most from advancing their scientific and research development forward, others will from effecting organizational change in their pediatric mental health infrastructures, and yet others from enhancing the education and training of a new cadre of specialists.
We encourage all interested and eligible candidates to apply. We especially welcome applications from colleagues under 35 years of age and from countries where child and adolescent psychiatric needs are under-served and under-represented. There is no limit to the number of applications that any given country can submit; we especially encourage applications from child and adolescent psychiatrists from developing nations.
In order to maximize their chances of being award recipients, applicants should convey in their application how their individual engagement could play a pivotal role in addressing the very specific needs of their country of origin. To this end, a prerequisite for all applicants is a submission of a project suitable for a poster or oral presentation at the Congress.
Potential applicants should be proficient in English, which will be the official language of the written application and the various educational activities of the Program.
The program includes:
- Daily small group meetings with leading experts serving as mentors
- Dedicated poster presentations attended by senior faculty members
- Special seminars
- Social activities
- Free registration fee for the general sessions
Potential partial support of travelling expenditures to Calgary will be examined for specific situations but is not granted for all awardees. Priority for limited travel assistance will be given to participants from low/middle income countries according to the World Bank rating. Fellowship activities will not be scheduled at the same time as other highlights of the Congress. Approximately twenty-five fellows will be selected to take part in this valuable training opportunity.
The deadline for submitting applications has passed.
The independent ad hoc international Selection Committee will contact all applicants by March 15, 2016 with notification of award results. The Selection Committee reserves the right to select award recipients and all decisions will be final.
Of note, IACAPAP has in the past worked collaboratively with national organizations in cost-sharing programs to support the attendance of travel fellows: we welcome and encourage any such inquiries or proposals.
Coordinators of the Donald J. Cohen Fellowship Program IACAPAP – Calgary 2016
Naoufel Gaddour, M.D., Monastir, Tunisia
Ayesha Mian, M.D., Karachi, Pakistan
Andres Martin and Joaquin Fuentes