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 psychiatry Residency or Fellowship program may submit one nomination. The nominee must be a current PGY-3, PGY-4 or PGY-5 resident in general psychiatry or a resident in child, addiction, forensic, geriatric or psychosomatic psychiatry as of August 15, 2017.  Sleep medicine and hospice and palliative care are also included.  Recipient of the Fellowship must be able to attend our Annual Meeting. The College covers travel and hotel expenses to Laughlin Fellows.

Note:  Candidates may be nominated for either the PRITE or Laughlin Fellowship, not both.

The nomination deadline is August 15, 2017.  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
  • personal statement of no more than 750 words, double-spaced, which discusses the candidate's interests, long-range career goals in psychiatry and most import achievements to date.
  • 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 department chair, 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.)   Potential fellows will be judged on outstanding research and scholarly attainment, clinical proficiency, dedication to teaching, community service, and potential leadership and unique qualities. 

    Click here for a sample nomination letter.

Mail Nomination Packet 

Please send one complete package to:

Chair, Laughlin Fellowship Selection Committee
The American College of Psychiatrists
111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1440
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312.938.8840
no faxes, please

Or e-mail all documents in pdf format to
Be sure to indicate "LAUGHLIN FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION" in the subject line.

Applicants will be notified no later than December 1, 2017.

2018:  August 15, 2017