All postdoctoral fellowships applicants who are psychologists must hold a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program or the equivalent at the time the fellowship begins.  

To be considered a postdoctoral fellow, the trainee must have met all requirements for their doctoral degree, including successful defense of the doctoral dissertation (which includes submission and final approval by the dissertation committee of any changes requested at the time of the dissertation defense).  

 Applicants to APA-accredited fellowships must also come from an APA-accredited internship program or the equivalent (internship program MUST already be accredited at time of application submission)[Note: An exception is made only for applicants applying to APA fellowships who are coming from a VHA internship program that is in the process of applying for APA accreditation.  The programs are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern.]

Citizenship Requirement for Applicants to Government-Funded Fellowships:

Applicants to NIH- or Government-funded Fellowships must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. To assure that this will not be a problem, we expect that postdoctoral fellows already meet eligibility requirements at the time their applications are submitted.  

A non-citizen national is a person who although not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the U.S.   They are generally persons born in lands which are not States, but are under U.S. sovereignty, jurisdiction, or administration, for example American Samoa.   An individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence must submit a notarized statement upon activation of the award, indicating possession of the alien registration receipt card (I-151 or I-551).   

Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for support from the NRSA.


Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directored to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC  20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web:  www.apa.org/ed/accreditation