NOVEMBER 15, 2019

Dear Mentor:

Thank you for your interest in mentoring an investigator in our Fellowship Program. Experience has proven that the mentorís contribution is essential to the fellowís success. Because the mentor is intimately involved in the application process and throughout the duration of the fellowship, we greatly appreciate the mentorís work. We hope that as a mentor or prospective mentor, you will contact the Foundation with questions, so we may help you do your great work with the fellows.

General Information

When considering whether to mentor an investigator, please consider the following. First, your institution must be invited by the Foundation to submit an application. So please check with your Department Chair to determine whether the Foundation receives nominations from your institution. If you would like to recommend your institution to the Foundation, contact us to determine whether this is possible.

If you are already at a selected institution, please speak with your Department Chair about whether your candidate should be the institutionís nominee. The Department Chair may nominate only one candidate for the ADHD Fellowship, one candidate for the depression Fellowship, and one candidate for the access to care Fellowship.

Second, consider that the Foundation supports research by post-doctoral investigators who have obtained Ph.D.s or M.D.s and who have completed clinical training. The investigator should be a junior faculty member or on a trajectory to achieve junior faculty status, although the Foundation will consider applications by Ph.D.s or M.D.s in T32 or other designated research training programs. Regardless, the investigator should have demonstrated evidence of strong research promise and ability, and a commitment to the field of pediatric psychiatry.

Third, you should be aware that the Foundation weighs heavily the following factors about the project when making its awards: originality, soundness, the potential for contribution to the field, the quality of institutional support, and the mentoring and training plan. It also considers the likelihood of the projectís leading toward a larger project that could receive government or other grant funding. It is required that the primary mentor be on-site, and the recommendation that secondary mentors (on or off- site) be added to shore up areas that are not well enough mentored by the primary mentor.

The Application Process

The nominator will be required to name the mentor during this nomination round, but you will not be required to provide a statement at this time. The Foundation expects, however, that the mentor will assist the primary investigator in conceiving his or her project and drafting the abstract.

The nominator will be required to name the mentor during this nomination round, but you will not be required to make a submission. The Foundation expects, however, that the mentor will assist the primary investigator in conceiving his or her project and drafting the abstract.

The Foundation will invite institutions that have satisfied the Nomination requirements to submit a full proposal.

For the Fellowship Application, the Foundation requires the primary mentor to submit a letter of support for the project and the prospective fellow.

This letter should address the following:

  • How the mentorís areas of expertise correspond to the candidateís research project and will contribute to the candidateí overall growth as a primary mentor. This should include how the mentorís time will be allocated toward the candidateís project and the specific manner in which this contact will aid the candidate during the Fellowship;
  • The mentorís qualifications and track record as a mentor;
  • How the institution and/or department will support the candidate and the mentor(s) in successful completion of the research project. This should include the percentage of time the institution will release for the proposed research, as well as details regarding institutional/department resources (including access to specialized equipment, office and research space) and availability of statistical consultation;
  • The feasibility of successful completion of the research, given the proposed design, study population, and technical requirements for completion;
  • If there is a secondary mentor(s), how the primary mentor will interact with the other mentor(s) to implement the overall program.

Please note that the Foundation requires the primary mentor to be on the faculty of the institution that is nominating the investigator. If the research project requires a substantive contribution from a mentor at a different site, the Foundation requires a secondary mentor from that site. The secondary mentor must also submit a letter of support. The letter should document his or her willingness to participate in the training as well as the nature of the mentorship and expected time commitment. Additionally, your letter should address how this co-mentorship will be achieved.

Again, I must stress how important the role of the mentor is to the selection of the investigator and the ultimate success of that investigatorís project. We are grateful for your contribution and your continued interest in our Fellowship Program.

Please contact the Foundation with any questions.


Sally Klingenstein Martell
Executive Director

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