AACAP Educational Outreach Program for Child and Adolescent Residents (former Travel Grant Program)

Supported by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Campaign for America's Kids (CFAK), Life Members Fund, and John E. Schowalter Endowment Fund.

*The award is discretionary and subject to funding availability.

ATTENTION: As the 2020 AACAP Annual Meeting is now virtual, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is pleased to announce the Educational Outreach Program (EOP) for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residents will no longer be offered this year. The good news is that Annual Meeting registration is free for resident AACAP members, and includes access to more than 200 non-ticketed events.

Program Description

The EOP provides the opportunity for child and adolescent psychiatry residents to receive a formal overview to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, establish child and adolescent psychiatrists as mentors, and experience the AACAP's 67th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, October 19 – October 24, 2020. Participants will be exposed to the breadth and depth of the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, including research opportunities, access to mentors, academic programming, and various networking opportunities. Participation in this program provides up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the AACAP Annual Meeting.

Program Benefits

  • Up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the AACAP Annual Meeting; includes airfare, hotel, meeting academic programming, poster printing, in-transit costs and meals (max. $75/day). Applicants will be required to provide documentation of travel expenses in order to receive AACAP reimbursement.
  • Participation in various AACAP Annual Meeting events for residents, including mentorship program(s), academic/networking sessions, an awards breakfast program and focus groups.


  • Applicants must be child and adolescent psychiatry residents at the time of the AACAP Annual Meeting in October 2020.
  • Participants must be currently enrolled in a residency program in the United States; residents in their first or second year of child fellowship training are eligible.
  • Triple Boarders at the PGY4 or PGY5 level are also eligible.
  • Participants must either be members of the AACAP or have a membership application pending at the time of application.
  • Participants must attend all Annual Meeting events specified by AACAP.
  • While past Educational Outreach Program awardees are eligible to apply, priority will be given to first time applicants.

Application Process

  • Use the online awards system to complete your application and to upload your Curriculum Vitae, a personal statement articulating a compelling reason for wanting to attend the Annual Meeting, and a letter of shared funding support from a local institution. Your Residency Program Director must also upload a completed form indicating good standing from your training program.
  • Please see complete detailed instructions on the online awards system by clicking on the link below.

Letter of Shared Funding

Applicants must submit a Letter of Shared Funding that should include the following information:

  • The name of the sponsoring institution/program;
  • The total dollar amount that will be provided to the trainee (minimum cost-share amount of $300);
  • A statement indicating that documentation proving receipt of payment by the trainee will be provided to AACAP by the institution/program;
  • A signature on behalf of the institution/program by an authorized signer, indicating financial responsibility for the amount indicated.

Generally, applicants secure shared funding through their training program or regional organization. Applicants who have difficulty in securing local funding should contact the AACAP Assistant Director of Training and Education at training@aacap.org for assistance by July 13, 2020.


Award closed. Please check back for the Spring 2021 opportunities.

Contact the AACAP Department of Research, Grants and Workforce at training@aacap.org or 202-587-9663.

AACAP reserves the right to waive liabilities.