Application Process


The Program Director from each separately accredited general and child and adolescent training program in the United States and Canada, may submit one (1) nomination.

The nominee must be a current PGY II or III in general psychiatry (PRITE® Fellowship) or a first year child fellow (CHILD PRITE® Fellowship) as of July 1, 2022.  Due to the time commitment required, nominations cannot be accepted for those residents who are PGY IVs or second year child fellows.

The recipient must be able to attend the entire meeting of the PRITE® Editorial Board held in July during each of the two (2) years after being named a Fellow.  

IMPORTANT: Time Commitment Required for PRITE Fellows:

The candidate and Program Director should be aware that the PRITE Fellowship is a big time committment.  The Fellows will write 20-25 new questions that are due in early January.  This assignment is sent out almost immediately after accepting the Fellowship.  A second pre-meeting assignment is sent out in May (due late June/early July) in preparation for the July Meeting.  The new Fellows are required to participate in two conference calls (half hour or so each) - one in October and one in June.  The first call in October provides more detail and instruction related to the assignments.  The call in June provides an overview of the July Meeting and discusses the pre-meeting assignment.  Here is a timeline of PRITE activities for reference: Timeline.

Typically, PRITE question writers spend about two hours from start to finish on each question.  Some questions may take longer and some may take less time.  The candidate and Program Director should not only be aware of, but also be supportive of this time commitment.  

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

PRITE Fellowship Selection Committee - Outgoing Fellow Appointment

At the PRITE Editorial Board Meeting in July, the PRITE Editors will select an outgoing PRITE/CHILD PRITE Fellow to serve a one-year term on the PRITE 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 Laughlin Fellow.  

Compile Nomination Packet

1.Nomination Form - Nominator must be the Program Director. NOTE: Candidates may be nominated for either the PRITE or Laughlin Fellowship, but not both in the same year.  Those selected as a PRITE or Laughlin Fellow may not apply for the other Fellowship in future years. 


Regarding the CHILD PRITE Fellowship

  • Due to the timing of the nomination deadline, often Child Fellowship Directors haven’t gotten a chance to get to know the new Fellows yet.  In order to help provide an opportunity to more child fellow applicants to take part in the Fellowship, The College and the PRITE Fellowship Selection Committee would like to encourage “outgoing” Adult Program Directors to write a joint letter with the new Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director. 
  • In addition, the current Adult Psychiatry Program Director can nominate a current PGY 3 resident (scheduled to begin their Child Fellowship in the coming months) for CHILD PRITE.  We will just require a “sign off” as part of the application process from the Child Program Director. *Please include a brief statement of support from the new Child Fellowship Director as part of your application submittal. 

2.  Nomination letter from the Program Director that indicates the reasons for the candidate’s nomination and the Director’s endorsement of the candidate - Suggestions for Nominator's letter


The reasons for the candidate’s nomination


The Director’s endorsement of the candidate AND support letter from the new Child Fellowship Director*, if needed (see above). 


Reasons why this fellowship would be a good fit for the candidate career goals.


Reasons why the candidate would be a good fit for the PRITE Editorial Board. 

NOTE: The focus should be on reasons/accomplishments since residency. 


 NEW: The American College of Psychiatrists is committed to diversity, respectful inclusion, and equity. With this in mind, feel free to share any ways (if known) in which the candidate would add to the diversity and richness of the PRITE Fellowship Program and The American College of Psychiatrists.


 Please address how this activity will be made a part of the expected residency activities/standard workday so that the candidate is supported timewise and through mentoring.

  • Sample PD Letters

        Sample Letter #1

        Sample Letter #2

        Sample Letter #3

3. Nomination letter from the candidate outlining his/her current interests in psychiatry.  Please address:


Significant personal accomplishments related to teaching and/or writing. (ex. organizing a study course or specific activities related to PRITE or other examinations or curricula.  NOTE: The focus should be on reasons/accomplishments since residency.


     Reasons why the candidate would be a good fit for the PRITE Fellowship based on their experience. 

NOTE: Selected candidates may not write exam questions for any other organization while serving on the PRITE Editorial Board.  


Reasons how the PRITE Fellowship/writing questions for the PRITE could influence the candidate’s future career.


NEW: The American College of Psychiatrists is committed to diversity, respectful inclusion, and equity. With this in mind, the candidate should share any ways in which he/she would add to the diversity and richness of the PRITE Fellowship Program and The American College of Psychiatrists. 

4.  Nominee’s curriculum vitae

5.  Five original multiple-choice sample questions with answer key, rationale and references.  It is strongly recommended that candidates review the "Suggestions for Writing Good Questions". *Please use these guidelines when writing your sample questions.*

  • REQUIRED: Two, out of the five original multiple-choice questions must be vignette style questions.
  • Be sure to write with a thoughtful application of concepts (versus simple factual knowledge)
  • The questions should be independent of one another and should also cover different content areas.  For reference: PRITE Content Outline and CHILD PRITE Content Outline
  • A different reference source should be used for each question.  
  • Please submit one question (along with answer key, rationale and reference(s)) per page. 

Nominations must be received by The College no later than May 15, 2022*.

How to Submit the Nomination Packet

E-mail all documents in pdf format to:  Please do not scan hard copies of application documents (text quality diminished and difficult to read).  Please email one complete pdf file of all application documents. 

*Nominations received after May 15, 2022 will not be considered.  Please DO NOT fax nomination packets.