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SAMHSA/CSAP Prevention Fellowship Program

2016-2018 Prevention Fellowship Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) is accepting applications for the 2016 – 2018 Prevention Fellowship Program.

Since 2006, the SAMHSA CSAP Prevention Fellowship Program has developed a knowledgeable cadre of prevention professionals who understand and exemplify the principles and best practices of reducing substance use disorders.

During their Prevention Fellowship Program experience, fellows focus on acquiring the necessary skills for success in the field of addiction-related behavioral health care. The Prevention Fellowship Program prepares fellows to provide capacity-building Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) to support integration of prevention and behavioral health services in their state/territories. This is part of SAMHSA’s support for integrating policies and programs related to prevention and behavioral health promotion in states, U.S. territories, and local organizations.

Fellows will benefit from hands-on experience and trainings in competency areas such as the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), community and coalition organizing, public policy and environmental change, program planning, and evaluation, leadership, and health communications. Fellows will learn new techniques, master best practices in the field, and apply knowledge gained from their professional and cultural experiences.

The Prevention Fellowship Program seeks qualified individuals who are looking for professional growth in the field of addiction-related behavioral health care. Fellows will receive a yearly stipend of up to $37,000, and will be required to work 32 hours per week. These individuals are accepted on a location-by-location basis and will be assigned to mentors from participating State agencies across the United States and U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions.


Applications will be accepted from eligible candidates beginning on Monday, May 2, 2016. To apply, complete and submit the online application no later than Friday, August 12, 2016. The online application is available here.

Selected candidates are expected to begin the Prevention Fellowship Program on September 19, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their selection status on or before Friday, September 2, 2016. MORE


Individuals seeking selection into the fellowship must meet the following criteria and provide associated documentation:

U.S. Citizenship or U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions residency;
must meet at least one (1) of the following education/work requirements:
  • At least two (2) years of college from an accredited academic institution and a minimum of two (2) years paid work experience in public health, behavioral health, clinical or social science areas; or
  • a Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in public health, behavioral health, clinical or social science areas;
two letters of recommendation from an academic and/or professional reference;
a detailed essay of 500 words or less on why the candidate should be selected for the fellowship and how becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist would support his or her career goals; and
a strong interest in the field of addiction-related behavioral health care.
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Where to Apply


  • Oklahoma (Oklahoma City)
  • Georgia (Atlanta)
  • New York (Albany)
  • Arkansas (Little Rock)
  • Delaware (New Castle)
  • Christiansted (U.S. Virgin Island)
  • Alabama (Montgomery)
  • Hawaii (Kapolei)
  • Wisconsin (Madison)
  • Guam (Tamuning)


  • Nebraska (Lincoln)
  • Idaho (Boise)

* Priority Sites are those eligible States, U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions, and National organizations that have first-right-of-refusal for a fellow to be assigned to their location.

** Alternate sites will be considered in the event a Priority site opts out of participation in the fellowship.

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