The Emerging Scholars Fellowship is a program of Active Minds, Inc. dedicated to supporting behavioral health research by college-aged scholars. The Fellowship 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. Since 2008, the Fellowship has supported diverse and innovative projects from 31 scholars.
The Emerging Scholars Fellowship aims to expand the body of literature, creative expression, and discourse devoted to mental health with a particular emphasis on issues relevant to younger communities. Active Minds is committed to cultivating the next generation of behavioral health advocates and experts and the Emerging Scholars Fellowship, generously supported by the Scattergood Foundation, provides a critical opportunity to achieve this goal.
The sixth cycle of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship funded six months of independent research and public dissemination for six college-aged scholars between January-June, 2013. The work of last spring’s 2012 Scholars has been presented at national conferences, published in peer review journals, enhanced our student’s applications to pursue graduate work in mental health and is still being actively expanded and pursued through a variety of avenues.
There are limited opportunities for young adults to become involved in and engaged with the field of behavioral health. The lack of welcoming and available opportunities for emerging young scholars is causing them to turn to other fields. The field is in need of new and innovative leaders. Stigma associated with mental health not only impacts those who struggle with mental health disorders, but also impacts young people wishing to pursue careers in the field of behavioral health. Creating a distinguished fellowship to support and reward effective research and projects related to mental health topics has allowed college students to pursue work in this area and open a dialogue with their peers, faculty, and greater campus community around these important issues. Through these efforts we are combating stigma and enhancing awareness, prevention and treatment of mental illnesses.