The Laughlin Fellowship Program

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 August 15, 2021. 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 one Annual Meeting.

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 August 15, 2021.  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

  • nomination form (nomination must be made by the current Training Director or current designee)
  • 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 (only one letter of nomination will be considered by the selection committee.)  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.

    Click here for a sample nomination letter.

Nomination Packet Submission:

Please e-mail one complete PDF nomination packet to

Be sure to indicate "LAUGHLIN FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION" in the subject line.  No faxes, please.

Applicants will be notified no later than November 1, 2021.


2022:  August 15, 2021