Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship

Website: Active Minds


The Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship, generously supported by the Scattergood Foundation, provides mentorship and funding to select students to complete mental health projects in collaboration with a cohort of peers and national experts in the field.

Select students receive $1,000 to complete projects related to the increase of help-seeking and accessibility of mental health services among any of the following unique student populations: first-generation students, Greek life members, or student athletes.

During the six-month fellowship, scholars will complete their projects, build a peer network, connect professionally with a national mentor, and gain experience distributing their content to the public.

The Emerging Scholars Fellowship encourages proposals from U.S. undergraduate and graduate
students and is dedicated to maximizing diversity within the scholar network. This fellowship is not
limited to individuals studying or majoring in mental health. Active Minds welcomes proposals from all
disciplines (i.e. biology, sociology, public health, graphic design, technology, business, etc.).
Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

After a pilot program in 2008, the Emerging Scholars Fellowship was officially launched in 2009 as a joint initiative between the Thomas Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health and Active Minds, Inc. As the Visionary Funder, the Scattergood Foundation has since supported 42 scholars.

The Scattergood Foundation for Behvaioral Health takes its name from Thomas Scattergood, the nineteenth-century Philadelphia Quaker minister who spoke out against the harsh conditions faced by the mentally ill in his era and who advocated for a philosophy of humane treatment which eventually resulted in the founding of Friends Hospital. In assuming this name, the Scattergood Foundation also takes its cue from the role Thomas Scattergood played in his community and in changing the practice of mental health care in his time.

The Scattergood Foundation's vision is to "be Thomas Scattergood" for the twenty-first century, seeking opportunities for productive dialogue and learning within the behavioral health field; and activating leadership and collaborative endeavors by awarding targeted grants to address important behavioral health needs in innovative ways. With the range and depth of behavioral health needs far outpacing a single foundation's financial resources, the foundation recognizes the need to proceed in a thoughtful manner to have a meaningful impact in the region.

Service Agreement

Active Minds will select six student-led proposals that seek to address help-seeking and accessibility
of mental health services among any of the following unique student populations: first generation students, members of Greek life, or student athletes.
Additional expectations:
• Scholars must identify a campus advisor to help support and guide the project.
• Scholars are required to attend two all-day, expense paid, in-person meetings – in March 2019
at Active Minds’ National Conference in Washington, DC and in June 2019 in Philadelphia.
Applicants must be available on these dates and prepared to attend these meetings if selected
as a scholar.
• Scholars should spend at least 1-3 hours per week on their project between January and June
• Scholars will submit monthly progress reports and include a “live” public dissemination strategy
such as a public lecture or presentation, film screening, website, blog or vlog, or

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the application process or the Emerging Scholars Fellowship, please contact Emily Armstrong, Program Coordinator, at