Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry


The American Psychiatric Association invites applicants for the Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry. This award recognizes a senior researcher who has made a significant contribution to research on the causes and treatment of schizophrenia as both a researcher and a mentor. A $1,500 award will be made to the senior researcher, and $20,000 will support the research career development of a young research psychiatrist working in a mentor-trainee relationship with the award winner on further research in this field. Submissions will be judged on the excellence of the nominee's overall contribution to the body of research in schizophrenia, including submission of the nominee's most significant paper or book; a description of the nominee's role as a mentor to younger colleagues in the field; and a description of the qualifications of the young research psychiatrist, as well as a detailed description of his/her career development plan.

All applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by October 15. An original and five collated copies of each application and all supporting materials are required.

More detailed guidelines are available from:

American Psychiatric Association
Division of Diversity and Health Equity
1000 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 1825
Arlington, VA 22209-3901

For information, please contact Marilyn King. It is recommended that applicants contact the APA Research Training Programs office to obtain a copy of the printed announcement, which provides additional details, before preparing their application.  Applicants must be receiving their training in the U.S. or Canada.

Nomination/Application Requirements

Submissions must:

  • Describe the nominee's overall contributiion to the body of research in schizophrenia;
  • Identify and submit a particular paper or book which is felt to be the most significant contribution of the nominee;
  • Describe the nominee's role and contribution as a mentor to younger colleagues in the field; specifically, the nominee should comment on the young research psychiatrist he or she will be mentoring;
  • Describe the qualifications of the individual young research psychiatrist and include his/her CV.
  • Describe the career development plan for such individual to be supported by the funds accompanying the award. A specific description of how such funds would be utilized, abiding by rules and regulations of the home institution and determined jointly by the nominee and trainee, must be included. 
  • Include the nominee's name, address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address and any other pertinent information.


The selecting body will look for excellence across each of the above points in selecting the winner, judging the quality of the nominee's body of work, the particular book or article singled out as exemplary, the young researcher, the research and career development plan for the young researcher, and the academic environment or setting. Should the selecting body determine, in any given year, that there are no appropriate recipients for the award as described, the selecting body shall be empowered with the right to either award $1,500 (and a plaque or certificate) to an individual researcher for a specific contribution to the advancement of schizophrenia research, or to make no award in that given year.

Annual Deadline:

Postmarked by October 15

Submit all materials to:

APA/Kempf Fund Award
American Psychiatric Association
1000 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 1825
Arlington, VA 22209-3901