Active Minds


2014-2015 Call for Applications is now OPEN!

Interested in being an Emerging Scholar Fellow?


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The Emerging Scholars Fellowship seeks proposals for unique and thought-provoking research or creative projects related to mental health. The Emerging Scholars Fellowship program encourages creativity in the development of a project that reflects interest in behavioral health issues; a wide range of project types are likely to receive funding. Each Emerging Scholars project must include a public dissemination component such as a public lecture, film screening, website, blog or installation/exhibit. The public dissemination component of Fellowship projects is meant to provide an opportunity for productive mental health dialogue and learning among peers, faculty and each scholar's greater campus community. 

During the six (6) month fellowship program – which includes both online and in-person components – scholars will complete their projects, build a peer network, connect professionally with a national mentor and gain experience distributing their content to college audiences. To support their work, scholars will be awarded a $1,000 stipend and may also apply for an additional $250 in reimbursement for project material expenses.

Scholars should expect to spend at least 1-3 hours per week on their project between the months of January and June. There will be two all-day, expense paid, in-person meetings ("Meeting of the Minds") – one in February 2015 for scholars and another in June 2015 for scholars and their mentors. All applicants must be available on these dates and prepared to attend these meetings if selected as a scholar. Projects must be completed, finalized and submitted by Friday, June 5, 2015. The Fellowship encourages proposals from all interested undergraduate and graduate students across the U.S. and is dedicated to maximizing diversity within the Scholar network.   

Participation in the Emerging Scholars Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for leadership development and mentorship in the field of mental health. Scholars are required to apply with a campus advisor in mind to help support and guide the project. Scholars will also be matched with an Emerging Scholars Fellowship mentor. Mentors will review and approve monthly progress reports from scholars, as well as provide overall project guidance and support.

Exemplary projects will be selected for presentation at the Active Minds National Mental Health on Campus Conference. Scholars whose projects are selected will have the opportunity to present their project at a national conference and share their findings and research with student mental health advocates from across the country.

How to Apply

Download the 2015 Call for Proposals application by clicking the button above. Complete your proposal by answering the questions in the document according to the guidelines. Please submit your completed proposal, a one-page C.V. or resume and one (1) letter of recommendation using our online form. Once you access the form, you will need to fill in general contact information, attach/upload all necessary documents, and then click “submit.”

Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until Sunday, December 14 - 5:00pm Eastern Time.  Preference will be given to early submissions. Applicants will be notified by January 12, 2015 and the final scholars will be annouced to the Active Minds network on January 14.

If you have any questions about the application process or the Emerging Scholars Fellowship, please contact Candace Daniels, Senior Program Manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Proposal Guidelines

The Scattergood Emerging Scholars Fellowship application includes eight (8) questions to be answered in a thorough yet brief manner, not to exceed four single-spaced pages. Proposed projects should have concrete objectives and timelines and must include a public dissemination component. Please note that although we are looking for ambitious Scholars, we encourage applicants to focus on achievable objectives which will realistically fit within the constraints of the spring academic semester or a six (6) month time period.

Proposals will be judged on a) topic relevance and innovation; b) clarity of the proposal; c) feasibility of the project; d) the ability of the project content and dissemination strategy to garner general interest, stimulate dialogue and raise awareness of mental health issues, and e) the overall qualifications, strength and commitment of the student applicant.   

Submit your completed proposals using the online form by:

  • clicking the blue button at the top of this page
  • clicking here
  • clicking the "Submit Online" button under the navigation menu on the right hand side of this page


About Scholars

Emerging Scholars are selected based on their proposed project’s strength as a unique and thought-provoking research or creative endeavor related to mental health.

Each Emerging Scholar's project must further the aim of the Fellowship to expand the body of literature, creative expression, and discourse devoted to mental health with a particular emphasis on issues relevant to young adult communities.

Scholars complete their projects during the spring semester and should spend 1-3 hours per week on their project between January and June.


Thanks to our Sponsor

The Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship is generously supported by the Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health