Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship

Website: Active Minds


The Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship, generously supported by the Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health, provides an opportunity for students to complete funded, independent mental health projects and to be connected with a network of young scholars and national experts in the field of behavioral health. The Emerging Scholars Fellowship program aims to expand the body of literature, creative expression, and discourse devoted to mental health with a particular emphasis on health equity and antiracism related to young adult mental health.

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.

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