The Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Fellowship Programs

Fellowship in Child and Adolescent ADHD
Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Depression

Fellowship in Access to Care

NOVEMBER 15, 2019

The Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation awards research grants to post-doctoral investigators at esteemed American medical institutions. At its establishment in 1998, the Foundation funded research fellowships in Child and Adolescent depression. In 2007, the Foundation expanded the Program to include funding for research in Child and Adolescent ADHD. In 2015, KTGF expanded to include an access to care fellowship.

Each year, the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation makes up to five fellowship grants to medical institutions that have nominated research projects led by outstanding post-doctoral candidates. The Foundation considers proposals for research projects in the field of child and adolescent ADHD, child and adolescent depression and access to care. The grant awards are for $30,000 per year for two years, and the Primary Investigator is awarded the title of KTGF Fellow in ADHD, KTGF Fellow in Depression or KTGF Fellow in Access to Care.

The Foundation particularly wishes to support two-year research projects that could lead to larger projects worthy of federal funding and other national research awards. Institutions should, therefore, nominate candidates who have strong evidence of independent research ability potential and who are planning a career in research related to child and adolescent psychiatry or developmental psychopathology.

The Foundation desires that the research it supports produce a direct and tangible benefit to children and their families. As such, applicants should be certain to explain, in clear terms designed to be understood by lay people, how their research project will help children and families suffering from these conditions. The Foundation expects institutions to nominate post-doctorial investigators holding a Ph.D. and/or M.D. who have also completed all clinical training. As a general rule, nominated candidates should be at the junior faculty level or on a trajectory for attaining faculty status; applications nominating candidates in T32 or other designated research training programs will be considered.

Investigators who have already received R01 awards from NIMH are not eligible for nomination. Investigators who have K awards or have applied for K awards are eligible for nomination, provided the K award (if has been funded) does not overlap with the proposed project. Investigators who have not applied for K awards and hope to use a KTGF fellowship as a stepping stone to a K award or other funding are encouraged to apply. While fellows may be selected prior to receipt of IRB approval, no fellowship award is finalized until such approval is received.

The Foundation accepts nominations only from the Chair of Departments of Psychiatry. Each medical institutional must select only one research project and investigator for nomination per fellowship. In addition to the Department Chairís endorsement, the Foundation also requires a mentor to sponsor the project and investigator. The primary mentor must be on site. In addition, the Foundation encourages applicants to engage secondary mentors (either on or off site) to provide additional expertise that may be required. The Department Chair may serve as a mentor.

The Foundation runs a two-stage selection process. In its first round - the nomination entry - the Foundation requires the institution to nominate its selected project and primary investigator. If the nomination requirements are met, the Foundation will invite the institution to its second round, the submission of a full fellowship application.

The Fellowship application is reviewed by a Selection Committee, which is comprised of members of the Foundationís Scientific Advisory Board and selected others. Fellowship applications are judged on originality, soundness, professionalism, and potential contribution to progress within the field, the quality of institutional support, and the mentoring and training plan, among other factors. It is essential to demonstrate feasibility of completing the project within the allotted time and budget.

Access to care projects need not focus specifically on the target areas of ADHD and depression but, if they do not, they should at a minimum have wide-spread applicability to child and adolescent psychiatric disorders. Projects that focus on ADHD or depression should indicate the desired impact on those conditions; those that do not should indicate how the project impacts child and adolescent psychiatric conditions more generally and potential applicability to ADHD and depression more specifically.

The Foundation wishes to fund innovative projects to improve access to care, broadly defined. Examples could include (but are not restricted to): training non-psychiatrists to provide mental health services in underserved areas, novel approaches to improve access to healthcare - including both service delivery models and other supportive considerations such as financing, improving the portability of services, using technology such as tele-psychiatry, removing legal, regulatory or other known barriers to access to care.

Feedback will be given on all applications and candidates may reapply. KTGF offers feedback with the hope that it will be helpful in advancing each applicantís research career. The feedback will reflect the most salient responses from the selection committee but is not intended as a comprehensive summary. For those who reapply, KTGF cannot predict either the level of funding or the quality or number of future applications. Therefore, KTGF cannot assure future submissions will be successful, even if they address the concerns reflected in the feedback.

Full instructions for the nomination entry and fellowship application can be found at For Applicants

The schedule for our application process is as follows:

  • September:
  • Nomination round is opened online 9:00 am EST September 1
  • November:
  • Nominations are due 11:59 pm EST November 15
  • December:
  • Fellowship Applications are invited
  • January:
  • Fellowship Applications are due 11:59 pm EST January 10
  • March:
  • Awards are announced late March

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Foundation at and we will respond promptly.