What We Do

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation is steadfast in its commitment to improve the health of families suffering from disorders each and every day. The Foundation provides grant and scholarship opportunities to support cutting-edge research and education intended to improve healthcare outcomes and build stronger families.

Minority Fellowship Program

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) provides a tremendous opportunity to Doctoral and Master's students from across the country by offering fellowships that help to facilitate and supplement their growth and development as future practitioners in the field of marriage and family therapy. Funded largely by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), AAMFT Foundation has created the MFP to support the training of practitioners or practitioner/researchers in culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services, treatment and prevention.

Outstanding Research Publication Award

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation confers awards to recognize a published article, monograph, book chapter or book that represents an outstanding scholarly achievement in family therapy research.  The award consists of a plaque, up to $500 travel reimbursement per recipient for  the AAMFT Annual Conference, and a conference fee waiver.

Graduate Student Research Award

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation confers cash awards annually to assist graduate students in the completion of their thesis or dissertation pertaining to couples and family therapy, or family therapy training.  Selection criteria include: (1) significance of the topic for family therapy; (2) quality of the conceptualization and design; (3) feasibility; (4) availability of support to complete the topic. 

Dissertation Award

This award is given by the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation to recognize scholarly achievement by several recent graduates whose research study related to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. Criteria for the award: (1) dissertation completed in the preceding academic year; (2) applicant has been awarded the degree; (3) significance of the substantive issue for family therapy; (4) conceptual and theoretical clarity; (5) soundness, sophistication, and appropriateness of the methodology, whether quantitative, qualitative, or conceptual; (6) importance of the substantive findings; (7) quality of the interpretation and discussion of the findings; (8) style and quality of the writings; (9) priority shall be given to clinical research. 

Master's Thesis Award

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation recognizes scholarly achievement by several recent graduates whose research study related to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. Criteria for the award: (1) thesis completed in the preceding academic year; (2) applicant has been awarded the degree; (3) significance of the substantive issue for family therapy; (4) conceptual and theoretical clarity; (5) soundness, sophistication, and appropriateness of the methodology, whether quantitative, qualitative, or conceptual; (6) importance of the substantive findings; (7) quality of the interpretation and discussion of the findings; (8) style and quality of the writings. The award consists of a plaque, reimbursement for travel to the Annual Conference, and a conference fee waiver.

Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation awards scholarships to minority students. The scholarship is open to the following membership categories: Pre-Clinical Fellows, Student, and Clinical Fellows who have been members for less than 5 years. COAMFTE students or graduates from a COAMFTE program are preferred, but it is not a requirement. The purpose is to support the recruitment, training, and retention of minorities in the field of marriage and family therapy. See application for further criteria. The award consists of a plaque, a cash award up to $3,000, reimbursement for travel to the Annual Conference, and a conference registration fee waiver. 

Minority Stipend

Beginning in 1990, cash awards have been made by the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation to minority supervisors-in-training to support the recruitment, training and retention of minorities as AAMFT Approved Supervisors for the field of marriage and family therapy. Criteria for the award: (1) United States and Canadian minority citizens and permanent visa residents, including, but not limited to those who are African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American, and Pacific Islanders; (2) currently enrolled in Master's degree program or post-degree training program in marriage and family therapy accredited by the AAMFT COAMFTE; (3) candidate must be licensed as an MFT in their state (if there is licensure in that state), or a PhD candidate in marriage and family therapy. 

Foundation Keynote Speakers

The AAMFT Research & Education Foundation has brought conference attendees fantastic keynotes that have been pivotal in engaging and advancing marriage and family therapy professionals. 


Your Support Matters


Your support will help us achieve our goals and our continued commitment to our Mission. To support the Foundation, you can make a donation today here.

According to IRS regulation, contributions to the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation are 100% tax deductible as a charitable contribution.