The NBCC Foundation's mission is "Leveraging the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change." To improve the mental health of the underserved and never-served throughout the world, the NBCC Foundation leverages the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. Its primary objectives are to increase the number of counselors and Mental Health Facilitators working with high-priority populations and to engage them in becoming innovators of counseling practices that benefit the underserved.

Scholarshipsfellowships, and capacity-building grants, are our primary tools for accomplishing our objectives. The Foundation’s strategy is to award scholarships to individuals pursuing careers as professional counselors who are affiliated with high-priority populations and commit to serving them after graduation. Capacity-building grants fund expansion efforts to increase mental health resources in rural and minority communities where access to mental health care is extremely limited. Scholars and Fellows participate in innovation training to expand effective practice in their communities. Use the forms below to apply to open opportunities! 

*Please note that application forms will appear below by 12:00 AM EST on the date the application opens. If no forms appear below, please check back on the open date of the application period. 

The NBCC Foundation is seeking dynamic presenters for our monthly webinar programs on:

  1. Innovations in Counseling: Working with Minority Populations 
  2. Building Professional Excellence

These webinars enhance care for underserved minorities and provide ongoing training to NCCs and CCE credential holders in addition to Foundation scholars and fellows. These resources become part of our capacity-building plan and are archived in our webinar library available on i-counseling. Webinars are conducted online, and no travel commitment is required from our webinar presenters. The NBCC Foundation handles all the logistics of managing the webinar platform, advertising and promotion. All webinar presenters must hold a minimum of a master's degree in counseling or a related mental health field and be a board certified counselor.

Please use this form to nominate a presenter for an NBCC Foundation webinar. 

The NBCC Foundation is seeking dynamic presenters for our monthly webinar programs on (1) Innovations in Counseling: Working with Minority Populations and (2) Building Professional Excellence. These webinars enhance care for underserved minorities and provide ongoing training to NCCs and CCE credential holders in addition to Foundation scholars and fellows. These resources become part of our capacity-building plan and are archived in our webinar library available on i-counseling. 

Webinars are conducted online, and no travel commitment is required from our webinar presenters. The NBCC Foundation handles all the logistics of managing the webinar platform, advertising and promotion. All webinar presenters must hold a minimum of a master's degree in counseling or a related mental health field and be a board certified counselor.

The NBCC Foundation is accepting applications for volunteer positions as application reviewers for the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) scholarships and training awards. These awards enhance the careers of credentialed professionals by providing financial assistance to those seeking additional credentials and continuing education opportunities. 

The volunteer reviewer opportunities are open to holders of the following CCE credentials:​

  • CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
  • Board Certified Coach (BCC)
  • Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)
  • Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)                                                                                      

Scholarship application reviewers must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • One of the above credentials in good standing;
  •  Certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing 
  • A master’s degree in a related field and a minimum of two years of postgraduate experience; and
  • Extensive experience working with and knowledge of one or more of the populations that the listed credential holders serve.

Volunteer reviewers review scholarship applications and rate applicants based on Board-determined criteria. Foundation staff will provide online training, the review periods will be 2-3 weeks in duration, and average eight hours of actual review time. All review processes will be online.
 

Interested applicants should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé. The letter of interest should demonstrate eligibility and availability and explain the potential candidate’s interest in being an application reviewer.
 

For more information about the Foundation and its programs, visit www.nbccf.org.
 

The NBCC Foundation is accepting letters of interest from experienced master’s-level National Certified Counselors (NCCs) for the opportunity to volunteer as mentors for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) and NBCC Foundation scholarship program. Fellows and scholars with active mentor connections demonstrate increased success in completing master’s programs, contributing effective research, and attaining related employment and other opportunities.
 

At minimum, mentors will provide four interactions with their assigned Fellow or Scholar and make themselves available for additional inquiries based on mutual agreement with their mentee. Mentors will receive online training and orientation prior to engagement. The duration of the commitment is one year. The Foundation will match mentors and Fellows or Scholars based on interests and experience.
 

Each year, the Foundation awards fellowships and scholarships to more than 80 counseling master’s students who commit to serving the Foundation’s priority underserved populations of military communities, rural communities and minority populations or providing career development services. The fellowships and scholarships provide substantial financial awards as well as training and support services, including mentors.
 

Fellow and Scholar mentors must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Master’s degree in counseling and a minimum of two years of post-master’s experience;
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing; and
  • Counseling experience related to serving military, minority, rural populations, career counseling, or underserved minority populations.
  • Commit to providing mentorship for a minimum of one year. 

NCCs interested in mentoring can submit their application (including a brief letter of interest and résumé). The letter of interest should demonstrate eligibility and explain the candidate’s interest in being a mentor and expected achievements and outcomes for the mentoring process.
 

For more information about the Foundation scholarship program, visit www.nbccf.org.

 

The NBCC Foundation is accepting letters of interest from experienced doctoral-level National Certified Counselors (NCCs) for the opportunity to volunteer as mentors for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). Fellows and scholars with active mentor connections demonstrate increased success in completing doctoral degrees and programs, contributing effective research, and attaining related employment and other opportunities.
 

At minimum, mentors will provide four interactions with their assigned Fellow and make themselves available for additional inquiries based on mutual agreement with their mentee. Mentors will receive online training and orientation prior to engagement. The duration of the commitment is one year. The Foundation will match mentors and Fellows based on interests and experience.
 

The NBCC MFP provides doctoral-level fellowships to NCCs with a demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to racially and ethnically diverse populations who are enrolled in a doctoral program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The fellowships provide substantial financial awards as well as training and support services, including mentors.
 

MFP mentors must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in counseling and a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience;
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with racially and ethnically diverse populations; and
  • Counseling experience related to providing mental health or substance abuse services to underserved minority populations.
  •  Commit to providing mentorship for a minimum of one year.  

NCCs interested in mentoring can submit their application (including a brief letter of interest and résumé). The letter of interest should demonstrate eligibility and explain the candidate’s interest in being a mentor and expected achievements and outcomes for the mentoring process.
 

For more information about the Foundation scholarship program, visit www.nbccf.org.    

The NBCC Foundation offers scholarships to increase counseling services where they are needed most. The NBCC Foundation Board of Trustees determines priority areas annually. The current priority underserved areas are military communities, rural communities, minority populations, substance abuse and career counseling and guidance.
 

Scholarship application reviewers must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • A master’s degree (or higher) in counseling and a minimum of two years of postgraduate experience
  • Certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing
  • Experience and knowledge with one or more of the following:

                         Career counseling and guidance

                         Substance abuse

                         Military and veteran populations

                         Rural communities

                         Underserved minority groups

                         Transition age youth

NCC volunteers will review scholarship applications and rate applicants based on Board-determined criteria. Foundation staff will provide online training, the review periods will be 2-3 weeks in duration, and average eight hours of actual review time. All review processes will be online.
 

Interested NCCs should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé. The letter should demonstrate eligibility and availability and explain the potential candidate’s interest in being an application reviewer.
 

If you previously submitted an application to be a volunteer reviewer and were not selected to be on a review team, your application automatically rolls over and will be considered at the next selection period. You do not need to reapply.
 

For more information about the Foundation and its programs, visit www.nbccf.org.    

 
The NBCC Foundation offers fellowships to increase counseling services where they are needed most. The NBCC Foundation Board of Trustees determines priority areas annually. The current priority of under served areas are military communities, rural communities, minority populations, substance abuse and career counseling and guidance.

Fellowship application reviewers must meet the following eligibility requirements:
 

  • A master’s degree (or higher) in counseling and a minimum of two years of postgraduate experience
  • Certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing
  • Experience and knowledge with one or more of the following:

                          Career counseling and guidance
                         Substance abuse
                         Military and veteran populations
                         Rural communities
                         Underserved minority groups
                         Transition age youth


NCC volunteers will review fellowship applications and rate applicants based on Board-determined criteria. Foundation staff will provide online training, the review periods will be 2-3 weeks in duration, and average eight hours of actual review time. All review processes will be online.

Interested NCCs should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé. The letter should demonstrate eligibility and availability and explain the potential candidate’s interest in being an application reviewer.

If you previously submitted an application to be a volunteer reviewer and were not selected to be on a review team, your application automatically rolls over and will be considered at the next selection period. You do not need to reapply.

For more information about the Foundation and its programs, visit www.nbccf.org.    



 

The NBCC Foundation (NBCCF) offers scholarships and fellowships to increase counseling services where they are needed most. NBCCF Board of Trustees determines priority areas annually. The current priority underserved areas are military communities, rural communities, minority populations, substance abuse, and career counseling and guidance. NBCCF also offers the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) scholarships and training awards. These awards enhance the careers of credentialed professionals by providing financial assistance to those seeking additional credentials and continuing education opportunities. 

NBCCF is accepting applications for volunteer application reviewers and mentors. 

NBCCF Volunteers Eligibility Requirements:

All NBCCF volunteers must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

• A master’s degree (or higher) in counseling and a minimum of two years of postgraduate experience. 

• Certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) in good standing.

• Counseling experience related to serving military, minority, rural populations, career counseling, or underserved minority populations.

• Volunteer application reviewers must commit to one review cycle.

• Volunteer mentors must commit to providing mentorship for a minimum of one year.



Application Reviewer Opportunities:

NBCCF volunteers will review scholarship and fellowship applications and rate applicants based on Board-determined criteria. Foundation staff will provide online training, the review periods will be 2-3 weeks in duration, and average eight hours of actual review time. All review processes will be online.

Interested NCCs should submit a brief letter of interest and résumé. The letter should demonstrate eligibility and availability and explain the potential candidate’s interest in being an application reviewer. 

Additional Eligibility Requirements for Reviewers:

      Fellowship and Scholarship Reviewers:

  • Experience and knowledge with one or more of the following:

                 Career counseling and guidance

                 Substance abuse

                 Military and veteran populations

                 Rural communities

                 Underserved minority groups

                 Transition age youth


      CCE Scholarship Reviewers:

  • Must hold one of the following CCE credentials, and be in good standing:

                  CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)

                  Board Certified Coach (BCC)

                  Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)

                  Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) 

  • Extensive experience working with and knowledge of one or more of the populations that the listed credential holders serve.

Mentorship Opportunities:

Each year, the Foundation awards fellowships and scholarships to more than 80 counseling master’s students who commit to serving the Foundation’s priority underserved populations of military communities, rural communities and minority populations or providing career development services. The fellowships and scholarships provide substantial financial awards as well as training and support services, including mentors. 

Experienced master’s-level National Certified Counselors (NCCs) have the opportunity to volunteer as mentors for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) and NBCC Foundation scholarship program. Fellows and scholars with active mentor connections demonstrate increased success in completing master’s programs, contributing effective research, and attaining related employment and other opportunities. NBCCF will match mentors and Fellows or Scholars based on interests and experience. 

At minimum, mentors will provide four interactions with their assigned Fellow or Scholar and make themselves available for additional inquiries based on mutual agreement with their mentee. Mentors will receive online training and orientation prior to engagement. The duration of the commitment is one year. 

NCCs interested in mentoring can submit their application (including a brief letter of interest and résumé). The letter of interest should demonstrate eligibility and explain the candidate’s interest in being a mentor and expected achievements and outcomes for the mentoring process. 

Additional Eligibility Requirements for Mentors:

      Master’s Level Fellowship or Scholarship Mentors:

  • Counseling experience related to serving military, minority, rural populations, career counseling, or underserved minority populations.
  • Commit to providing mentorship for a minimum of one year. 


      Doctoral Level Fellowship Mentors:

  • Doctoral degree in counseling and a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with racially and ethnically diverse populations; and
  • Counseling experience related to providing mental health or substance abuse services to underserved minority populations.
  • Commit to providing mentorship for a minimum of one year. 


For more information about the Foundation scholarship and fellowship programs, visit www.nbccf.org  



The NBCC Foundation (NBCCF) is accepting proposals from individuals interested in presenting at its 2022 Bridging the Gap Symposium: Eliminating Mental Health Disparities, to be held June 4–5, 2022, in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The theme for the Symposium is Elevating Families and Communities, with an emphasis on counseling skills, research, and resources that can improve, strengthen, or enrich the lives of families, communities, and those impacted by trauma.

We welcome applications from presenters who can provide creative and unique presentations that highlight evidence-based and promising practices or relevant research addressing ways to serve and bridge the gap for: underserved communities (including ethnic and racial minorities, children, veterans, the elderly, military populations, and LGBTQIA+ individuals).

Category Descriptions:

  1. Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care – Topics that focus on and demonstrate research and application of evidence-based trauma-informed care for underserved clients and communities (including ethnic and racial minorities, children, veterans, the elderly, military populations, and LGBTQIA+ individuals).
  2. Expanding Services and Promoting Child and Youth Development – Topics that focus on disparities in care while demonstrating best practices in research and clinical practice for promoting optimal mental health and wellness for child and adolescent development. Focus must be on serving underserved clients and communities (including ethnic and racial minorities, children, veterans, the elderly, military populations, and LGBTQIA+ individuals).
  3. Strengthening the Profession Through Leadership and Advocacy – Topics that demonstrate the significance of counselor leadership, advocacy, and political engagement for issues that impact underserved clients and communities (including ethnic and racial minorities, children, veterans, the elderly, military populations, and LGBTQIA+ individuals).
  4. Underserved Clients and Societal Institutions – Topics that demonstrate an understanding of problems related to preventing and addressing racism, discrimination, and other societal or systemic barriers to care in educational, governmental, religious, health care, occupational, and other societal institutions. Focus must be on serving underserved clients and communities (including ethnic and racial minorities, children, veterans, the elderly, military populations, and LGBTQIA+ individuals).
  5. Mental Health Disparities and COVID-19 - Topics that demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of managing mental health during a pandemic when serving underserved clients and communities (including ethnic and racial minorities, children, veterans, the elderly, military populations, and LGBTQIA+ individuals).
  6. Decolonizing Clinical Counseling and Research – Topics that demonstrate strategies and interventions that focus on decolonizing the research and practice of counseling, with a specific focus on unique needs and experiences of underserved clients and communities (including ethnic and racial minorities, children, veterans, the elderly, military populations, and LGBTQIA+ individuals).
  7. Treatment of Substance Use and Addiction in Underserved Communities – Topics that demonstrate current research and best practices in culturally relevant treatment of substance use disorder and addiction in serving underserved clients and communities (including ethnic and racial minorities, children, veterans, the elderly, military populations, and LGBTQIA+ individuals).

Proposal and Policy Guidelines:

Proposals to present must contain and convey sufficient detail to allow NBCCF’s Symposium Planning Committee to understand how the proposed presentation will contribute to the Symposium objectives. Selection is competitive, so you must submit a compelling and complete proposal.

  • Persons presenting at the Symposium are expected to use material and language that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, and/or sexual orientation.
  • If your proposal is selected, NBCCF reserves the right, with your consent, to revise presentation titles and/or edit the program summary for promotional and program materials. Please note the word/character limit as described below. NBCCF will adjust bios, titles, descriptions, and objectives that do not meet this requirement.
  • Biography – 250 words
  • Presentation Title – 100 characters
  • Description and Objectives (combined) – 250 words
  • NBCCF follows the style guide set forth by NBCC and Affiliates, and any edits necessary to conform with these requirements will be made.
  • NBCCF reserves the right to cancel a presentation based on noncompliance at any point. This includes, but is not limited to, failure to register for the Symposium by the due date, failure to return required documents by the due date (e.g., agreement, presentation materials, bios, photos), or failure to make presenter changes by the due date.

No more than two proposals from one speaker will be considered. Please complete a separate application for each proposal.

Presentation Types:
Presentations should be highly interactive, collaborative, and show the application of the outcomes of a research project or share findings on the implementation of effective, evidence-based practices. There are three presentation lengths: 90 minutes, 60 minutes, and 45 minutes.

  • 90-minute Workshop Presentation: The 90-minute education sessions will be a standard workshop format consisting of a presentation and brief Q&A session.
  • 60-minute Workshop Presentation: The 60-minute education sessions will be a standard workshop format consisting of a presentation and brief Q&A session.
  • 45-minute Discussion Session: These sessions are intended to be discussions in which participants discuss and learn more about the topic posed by the presenter. The framework is as follows: presenter will facilitate a brief introduction to the topic, set a context for the discussion, and facilitate a conversation around questions that the participants have or those posed by the presenter. The facilitated session will last for approximately 45 minutes (maximum of a 30-minute presentation/15-minute discussion).

Presenter Benefits Provided by NBCCF:

  • Presenters (including co-presenters) receive a complimentary Symposium registration, including admission to the pre-Symposium events, concurrent presentations, and networking events as applicable.
  • Presenters will receive a copy of their attendees’ evaluation report summary with presentation ratings and feedback after the Symposium.
  • NBCCF does not pay an honorarium or expenses for presenting at the Symposium, but we hope that the benefits of being a part of our programming and sharing expertise with an emerging group of mental health counselors make the effort worthwhile for presenters.

Call for Presenter Proposal Evaluation:

Proposals are evaluated objectively with consideration of the following criteria:

  • Degree to which the proposed presentation meets the Symposium/program objectives
  • Presenter’s presentation skills and experience
  • Desirability of the topic
  • Clarity of learning objectives
  • Overall clarity of proposal

Evaluation timeline/schedule:

  • Oct. 18–Dec. 31, 2021: Application period open.
  • Jan. 3–Jan. 31, 2022: Proposals reviewed.
  • Feb. 1, 2022: Presenters notified if proposal has been accepted.

Other Speaker Requirements:

  • Acknowledge availability to speak during any time frame of the event and do not request a change to the presentation time frame assigned, if selected.
  • Work closely with event programming department and meet all deadlines.
  • Design and provide high-quality PowerPoint, Prezi, or other similar presentations, in electronic format, by the deadline given.
  • Recognize that a presentation is an opportunity to share information and is not a showcase for promotion of business, practice, service, or product.
  • Acknowledge that although this event is being planned as an in-person event, circumstances may require the event to be delivered in a virtual format. Please take this into consideration when answering the question(s) related to adapting your presentation to a virtual format.

2022 NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (Master’s)

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 application period for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC). This program is made possible by a grant awarded to the NBCC Foundation in collaboration with NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The program will administer up to 40 master’s degree-level counseling fellowships of $15,000 for addictions counseling students, plus the travel expenses to participate in other program-related trainings.

The NBCC MFP helps ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture, thereby reducing health disparities and improving overall community health and well-being. Minorities include but are not limited to racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, rural, or military groups. By strategically promoting and providing fellowships to master’s-level counseling students, the NBCC MFP strengthens the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of substance use disorder professional counselors who provide direct substance use disorder services minority populations.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience in addictions/substance abuse services to one or more of the following: underserved minority communities, child/adolescent and geriatric groups, minority communities in inner cities and rural areas, minority persons (including LGBTQIA2S+), or those who are veterans or are from military families.

View a short informational video about the 2022 NBCC MFP-AC application.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.
  • Applicants must not already possess a master’s degree in a behavioral health field.
  • Applicants must not receive any other federal funds (except for federal loans, or work-study programs).
  • Applicants must be enrolled and be in good standing in one of the following programs:
  1. A Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited master’s-level addictions counseling program or other master’s-level counseling program with a concentration in addictions.
  2. A regionally accredited master’s-level addictions counseling program or other master’s-level counseling program with a concentration in addictions.
  3. An addictions program accredited by the National Addictions Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC).
  • Applicants must be currently taking courses at the time of application. Applicants may not have a pending status, deferred status, or other future start date for coursework.
  • Applicants must commit to obtaining an addictions counseling credential, as evidenced by showing proof of applying for a state addictions certification before the end of the fellowship year. It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine their eligibility to obtain an addictions counseling credential prior to applying for the fellowship.
  • Applicants are expected to graduate by May 31, 2025 (within three years of the date of the fellowship funding).
  • Eligible applicants must not have an anticipated academic program completion date before December 31, 2022, which will be verified in writing by their academic department prior to the awarding of funds.
  • Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with addressing the substance use disorder needs of one or more of the following: underserved minority communities, child/adolescent and geriatric groups, minority communities in inner cities and rural areas, minority persons (including LGBTQIA2S+), or those who are veterans or are from military families.
  • Applicants must commit to providing substance use disorder services to one of the above-named populations within one year of graduation and must commit to providing such services for the duration of two years post-graduation.
  • Applicants must commit to securing a substance use services-related internship that provides experience with one or more of the minority populations listed above.
  • Applicants must commit to becoming board certified by applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification or applying for certification from the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) prior to graduation and to completing the application process. It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine their eligibility to obtain these certifications prior to applying for the fellowship.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the 2022 NBCC Foundation’s Bridging the Gap Symposium to open their fellowship year the week of May 23–27, 2022, and to close their fellowship year at the 2023 Symposium during the week of May 22–26, 2023, and up to two other training events during their fellowship year.
  • African Americans, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are especially encouraged to apply.*

To check the CACREP status of a program, search the CACREP website. To check the NASAC status of a program, search the NASAC website.

NOTE: Applicants are strongly advised to verify their eligibility for the NCC or NCC AP prior to applying. Requirements of the NCC certification can be found on NBCC’s website at nbcc.org/Certification/NCC. Requirements of the NCC AP certification can be found on NAADAC’s website at naadac.org/types-eligibility.

The application opens August 23, 2021, and the deadline is December 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Fellowship awardees will be announced by the end of March 2022.

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If after reviewing our FAQ document you still have questions, please email Foundation@nbcc.org or call 336-232-0376.

*Eligibility requirements for MFP awards are defined by SAMHSA. The program is not limited to individuals from minority populations; however, SAMHSA does prioritize individuals from the following communities: African American, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander. SAMHSA’s priority population decision is based on the documentation of significant mental health disparities within these communities and the SAMHSA-identified strategy of increasing the number of individuals representing these communities in counselor education and leadership. This priority is considered when there are applicants with equivalently strong results to the review process. In that case, those applicants who meet the SAMHSA priority are chosen.

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 application period for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP) for Mental Health Counselors (MHC-D). This program is made possible by a grant awarded to the NBCC Foundation by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The NBCC Foundation will administer up to 20 doctoral-level counseling fellowships of $20,000, plus the travel expenses to participate in program-related trainings.

The NBCC MFP helps ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture, thereby reducing health disparities and improving overall community health and well-being. Minorities include but are not limited to racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, rural, or military groups. By strategically promoting and providing fellowships to doctoral counseling students, the NBCC MFP strengthens the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with one or more of the following: underserved minority communities, child/adolescent and geriatric groups, minority communities in inner cities and rural areas, minority persons (including LGBTQIA2S+), or those who are veterans or are from military families. Eligible applicants must commit to teach, administer services, conduct research, and/or provide direct mental health counseling to at least one of the above-listed populations.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.
  • Applicants must not already possess a doctoral degree in a behavioral health field.
  • Applicants must not receive any other federal funds (except for federal loans, or work-study programs).
  • Applicants must currently be board certified by holding the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. If the applicant is not currently board certified, they must document all the following:
  1. A full state license as a professional counselor.
  2. A passing score on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).
  3. A commitment to apply for the NCC credential and to complete the application within the shortest possible timeframe after notification of the MFP award. It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine their eligibility to obtain this certification prior to applying for the fellowship.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full time and be in good standing in a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited doctoral-level counseling program. Applicants must be currently taking courses at the time of application. Applicants may not have a pending status, deferred status, or other future start date for coursework.
  • Applicants are expected to graduate by May 31, 2025 (within three years of the date of the fellowship funding).
  • Eligible applicants must not have an anticipated academic program completion date before Dec. 31, 2022, which will be verified in writing by their academic department prior to the awarding of funds.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated knowledge and experience with underserved minority communities, child/adolescent and geriatric groups, minority communities in inner cities and rural areas, minority persons (including LGBTQIA2S+), or those who are veterans or are from military families.
  • Applicants must commit to teach, administer, research and/or provide direct mental health services to minority and underserved populations in the private, nonprofit, or public sectors within one year of graduation and for the duration of two years post-graduation.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the 2022 NBCC Foundation’s Bridging the Gap Symposium to open their fellowship year the week of May 23–27, 2022, and to close their fellowship year at the 2023 Symposium during the week of May 22–26, 2023, and up to two other training events during their fellowship year.
  • African Americans, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are especially encouraged to apply.*

To check the CACREP status of a program, search the CACREP website.

NOTE: Applicants who are not already NBCC board certified counselors are strongly advised to verify their eligibility for the NCC prior to applying. Requirements of the NCC certification can be found on NBCC’s website at nbcc.org/Certification/NCC.

The application opens August 23, 2021, and the deadline is December 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Fellowship awardees will be announced by the end of March 2022.

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If after reviewing our FAQ document you still have questions, please email Foundation@nbcc.org or call 336-232-0376.

*Eligibility requirements for MFP awards are defined by SAMHSA. The program is not limited to individuals from minority populations; however, SAMHSA does prioritize individuals from the following communities: African American, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander. SAMHSA’s priority population decision is based on the documentation of significant mental health disparities within these communities and the SAMHSA-identified strategy of increasing the number of individuals representing these communities in counselor education and leadership. This priority is considered when there are applicants with equivalently strong results to the review process. In that case, those applicants who meet the SAMHSA priority are chosen.

The NBCC Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 application period for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP) for Mental Health Counselors (MHC-M). This program is made possible by a grant awarded to the NBCC Foundation by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The NBCC Foundation will administer up to 30 master’s-level counseling fellowships of $10,000, plus the travel expenses to participate in program-related trainings for mental health counseling students.

The NBCC MFP helps ensure that the behavioral health needs of all Americans are met, regardless of language or culture, thereby reducing health disparities and improving overall community health and well-being. Minorities include but are not limited to racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, rural, or military groups. By strategically promoting and providing fellowships to master’s-level counseling students, the NBCC MFP strengthens the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with one or more of the following: underserved minority communities, child/adolescent and geriatric groups, minority communities in inner cities and rural areas, minority persons (including LGBTQIA2S+), or those who are veterans or are from military families. Eligible applicants must commit to teach, administer services, conduct research, and/or provide direct mental health counseling to at least one of the above-listed populations.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.
  • Applicants must not already possess a master’s degree in a behavioral health field.
  • Applicants must not receive any other federal funds (except for federal loans, or work-study programs).
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled full time and be in good standing in a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)-accredited master’s-level counseling program. Applicants must be currently taking courses. Applicants may not have a pending status, deferred status, or other future start date for coursework.
  • Applicants are expected to graduate by May 31, 2025 (within three years of the date of the fellowship funding).
  • Eligible applicants must not have an anticipated program completion date before Dec. 31, 2022, which will be verified in writing by their academic department prior to the awarding of funds.
  • Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of and experience with underserved minority communities, child/adolescent and geriatric groups, minority communities in inner cities and rural areas, minority persons (including LGBTQIA2S+), or those who are veterans or are from military families.
  • Applicants must commit to teach, administer services, conduct research, and/or provide direct mental health counseling to at least one of the above-listed populations within one year of graduation and for the duration of two years post-graduation.
  • Applicants must commit to securing an internship that includes experience with one of more of the minority populations listed above.
  • Applicants must commit to becoming board certified by applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification prior to graduation and completing the application process. It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine their eligibility to obtain this certification prior to applying for the fellowship.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the NBCC Foundation’s Bridging the Gap Symposium to open their fellowship year the week of May 23–27, 2022, and to close their fellowship year at the 2023 Symposium during the week of May 22–26, 2023, and up to two other training events during their fellowship year.
  • African Americans, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are especially encouraged to apply.*

To check the CACREP status of a program, search the CACREP website.

NOTE: Applicants are strongly advised to verify their eligibility for the NCC prior to applying. Requirements of the NCC certification can be found on NBCC’s website at nbcc.org/Certification/NCC.

The application opens August 23, 2021, and the deadline is December 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Fellowship awardees will be announced by the end of March 2022.   

For questions, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If after reviewing our FAQ document you still have questions, please email Foundation@nbcc.org or call 336-232-0376.

*Eligibility requirements for MFP awards are defined by SAMHSA. The program is not limited to individuals from minority populations; however, SAMHSA does prioritize individuals from the following communities: African American, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander. SAMHSA’s priority population decision is based on the documentation of significant mental health disparities within these communities and the SAMHSA-identified strategy of increasing the number of individuals representing these communities in counselor education and leadership. This priority is considered when there are applicants with equivalently strong results to the review process. In that case, those applicants who meet the SAMHSA priority are chosen.

National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation