For the first time, APA has awarded five fellowships to young psychiatrists from developing countries to attend APA's annual meeting. A subcommittee of the Council on International Affairs, consisting of Pedro Ruiz, M.D., Jeffrey Geller, M.D., and Dan Monti, M.D., made the final selections, whose names appear below.
In reviewing the applications, the committee took into account each candidate's age, work experience inside home country, and prior international experience; the financial situation of the home country; and whether the home country had been represented before at APA annual meetings.
The fellowships are intended to provide an international educational opportunity to young psychiatrists who have been without such opportunities in the past and to increase the geographical mixture of those attending APA's annual meeting.
Each nominee had to be supported by a senior psychiatrist or psychiatric association in the home country. Self-nominated psychiatrists were asked to supply a letter of support from one of these sources.
The committee received nominations from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Macedonia, Rwanda, Senegal, Uzbekistan, and Zimbabwe.
Those chosen are as follows: