Scholarship Applications Now Open
June 19 June 21| Committee Review June 19-26 | Final decisions communicated by June 30
This event is partially sponsored by Open Society Foundation (OSF) with a $70,000 grant to support 8 therapy providers to participate in the 6-day training retreat, and 4 community organizers or clergy to participate in the 1.5-day community workshop immediately preceding the therapy training. Funding includes full tuition scholarship for 8 therapy providers, or 4 co-therapy pairs, to attend the MDMA Therapy Training Program, including Parts A, B, C, D, and E, as well as up to $500 travel stipend for each Part B and Part C. Eligible candidates for OSF sponsorship will have at least two therapy providers working together in a treatment facility serving communities of color who are qualified to work on a MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD protocol. Additionally, an affiliated community organizer working with the facility, or in the community of the facility, will be considered for scholarship funding to attend the 1.5-day Community Workshop on Psychedelic Medicine and Cultural Trauma, including meals, shared lodging, travel and attendance.
In addition to these full scholarships (see application details below), we are honored and excited to have received additional generous support and funding from Libra Foundation, Riverstyx Foundation, Dr. Bronner’s, Psychedelic Science Funders Collaborative and other private donors. As a result, we are able to also offer partial scholarships via tiered tuition pricing. Full tuition for the MDMA Therapy Training Program is $7,500, two payments of $3,750, plus Supervision fees. Tiered options for this cohort’s Tuition Payments #1 and #2 are set at $500, 1,000, 1,500, 2,500 and 3,750. A limited number of partial scholarships are available at each of these tiers. This cost will cover tuition for the training, as well as meals and shared lodging for August 10-17 in Louisville. (This cost does not cover upgrades to single rooms or meals beyond the set meals for the week).
Once all admissions decisions have been made, we will send out a registration link so that participants all have access to these tiered tuition options at the same time. We will ask that participants pay within their means; if you can afford a higher tuition rate please choose this option so that the partial scholarships can go to participants with financial need.
How does the OSF scholarship application work?
Participants will apply in groups of three. The groups will include two therapy providers who can partner together to treat people with PTSD using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, and a local community organizer or active member of the clergy. At least one of the two therapy providers working together must be licensed in their state of practice. The community organizer or clergy member must be able to disseminate information about this treatment opportunity to the local community.
Scholarship award decisions will take into consideration the following factors (no one factor is required to establish eligibility):
- Currently working with communities of color and marginalized communities
- Experience and training working with people of color
- Membership in a marginalized community
- Affiliation with a clinic where clients can receive treatment
- Clinic or facility is a minority owned/operated business
- Relevant academic and professional accomplishments, merit, or promise
- Gender diverse pairs are a plus
- Bilingualism is a plus
How do I apply?
Identify your team of two therapy providers and one community organizer or clergy member. Next, write a 2-3 page paper addressing the following (deadline: June 19):
- What is your plan and vision for treating people of color with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy?
- How will the 3 of you work together to implement this plan?
- For the community organizer role, can you describe your current work with communities of color?
- Are you affiliated with a site that has submitted a Site Questionnaire and is interested in participating in Expanded Access, if approved? If you still need to apply with your site, please do so via the above link.
- Are there other people you will work with or work under? What is their investment in the mental health of people of color?
- Do any members of your team have experience starting successful clinical programs?
- Why do you need this scholarship?
- Which communities do you plan to serve?
- How will you facilitate access to people who cannot afford treatment?
- How will therapists support themselves if serving low-income clients?
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 19. Please include a CV for your community organizer or clergy member (we have already received CVs from therapy provider applicants).
Frequently Asked Questions
What if we have a team of 4 or 5 who would like to apply together?
If you have several people at your site who you think may qualify, you may apply in larger groups. However, we may elect to only fund a few members of the group, if you are awarded a scholarship.
I have not applied through the MDMA Therapy Training Program to be a therapy provider. Can I still apply for the scholarship as a therapist? Unfortunately, we can only consider applicants who have applied and been accepted to MDMA Therapy Training Program. Please first complete the Therapy Provider Application, and be approved based on MAPS and FDA guidelines.
Can our team apply even if one member has already completed all or part of the MDMA Therapy Training Program?
Yes. For example, if one therapy provider has completed Parts A & B and the second has done no parts at all, the scholarship could cover the remaining training for the first therapy provider and the whole training for the second therapy provider.
Does the community organizer/clergy person come for the 1.5 day workshop or the whole part B training?
The OSF Scholarship covers funding only for the community organizer/clergy member to come to the pre-conference workshop August 10-11. Should a community organizer desire to stay for the whole training week, they can apply via the Therapy Provider Application and pay at the available tiers.