The Laughlin Fellowship Program and Application Process

All nominations were accepted for the 2024 year. Approved nominees will be notified no later than October 1, 2024.

New in 2024, complete the nomination form and upload supporting information online. Nomination deadline has closed for 2024. 


This year, The College will select 12 third, fourth, and fifth-year Residents from the United States and Canada and pay for them to attend one Annual Meeting.  The Laughlin Fellows are chosen from an elite pool of applicants deemed likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry. They participate in all educational and social functions held during the Annual Meeting, making valuable contacts with their peers and College Members.


Each separately accredited sponsoring institution may submit only one nomination. 

The nominee must be a current PGY-3, PGY-4 or PGY-5 resident in general psychiatry OR a Fellow in child, addiction, forensic, geriatric, or psychosomatic psychiatry as of July 1, 2024. Psychiatry trainees in  other fellowship programs (including, but not limited to) sleep medicine, women’s mental health/reproductive psychiatry, pain, hospice and palliative care are also eligible. 

The College provides a stipend to Laughlin Fellows to cover travel and hotel expenses to two Annual Meetings, held each February.

Laughlin Fellowship Selection Committee – Senior/Outgoing Fellow Appointment
The Laughlin Fellowship Committee will select an outgoing Laughlin Fellow to serve a one-year term on the Laughlin Fellowship Selection Committee.  Their contribution to the selection process will be valuable in selecting the next group of Fellows. This Fellow will also be part of a small group that will create and plan virtual activities for the Fellows throughout the year and also be a part of the planning process for the following year's Annual Meeting in February.  This appointment is done alongside a selected PRITE/CHILD PRITE Fellow. 

Note:  Candidates may be nominated for either the PRITE or Laughlin Fellowship, not both in the same year. Those selected as a PRITE or Laughlin Fellow may not apply for the other fellowship in future years.

The nomination deadline is May 15, 2024.  Nominations received after that date, even though postmarked earlier, cannot be accepted.

To provide you with a better understanding of how the candidates are scored, here is the Scoring Rubric used to score candidates.  Scoring Rubric

Compile Nomination Packet

Applications are now being accepted online. Please review the information below and click "Nominate Online" once you are ready.

  • Nominee's Nomination Form:  The nominator must complete the nominee form which is now available once you click "Nominate Online" below.
  • Nominee’s Personal Statement: The personal statement should be no more than 750 words, double-spaced, and should discuss the candidate's interests, long-range career goals in psychiatry and most import achievements to date. The American College of Psychiatrists is committed to diversity, respectful inclusion, and equity. With this in mind, the nominee should feel free to share any ways in which the nominee would add to the diversity and richness of the Laughlin Fellowship Program and The American College of Psychiatrists. 
  • A complete curriculum vitae from the nominee
  • One letter of nomination no more than two pages single-spaced from the current residency training program director or the current designee, indicating the reasons why this individual should be selected as a Laughlin Fellow. *Due to the timing of the nomination deadline, often program directors haven’t had the opportunity to get to know the new fellows yet. If fellows are entering into a new program on July 1, 2024, we recommend including a brief letter of support from the new residency training director along with a nomination letter from the previous residency training program director.

    Please feel free to share any ways (if known) in which the candidate would add to the diversity and richness of the Laughlin Fellowship Program and The American College of Psychiatrists.

  • Potential fellows will be considered on demonstrating leadership and unique qualities, clinical excellence, dedication to teaching, community service and research and scholarly attainment.

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