New Voices in Family Therapy Fellowships 

Sponsored by the Family Process Institute and the American Family Therapy Academy

The Family Process Institute (FPI) and the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) are pleased to offer the opportunity to early-career scholars who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice, equity, and activism in systems and family therapy, to apply to the New Voices in Family  Therapy fellowship. FPI and AFTA share a vision of fostering and supporting a new generation of researchers committed to racial and social justice and equity.

Two New Voices Fellows will be selected by a committee of AFTA researchers, clinicians and family scholars, with the guidance of New Voices Fellowship Coordinator, Kyle Killian.

Fellows will be  awarded: 

    • A one-year membership in AFTA
    • Admission to the AFTA 2021 and 2022 conferences, and  
    • A stipend to support a research project or to pay research or conference-related expenses.

The fellowship will include working with a current AFTA member in developing at least one scholarly venture throughout the course of the year. Scholarly activities may vary and will be agreed upon by each respective New Voices Fellow and the AFTA mentor by June 2021.

Scholarly activities may include (but not limited to): 

    • presenting or co-presenting at AFTA's 2021 conference and/or developing and/or collaborating on a manuscript to be prepared and submitted to Family Process by June 1, 2022. 
    • Fellows will be invited to join an AFTA committee of their choice, though participation is voluntary and at the discretion of the fellow (

Strong candidates are...

1Enrolled in an advanced degree program in the fields of systems, family therapy, or relational health OR recent a graduate of such programs (within 3 years).

2Engaged in scholarly activities that align with AFTA's vision and mission: AFTA envisions a just world created by transforming social contexts so that they promote health, safety, and well being of all families and communities. AFTA's mission is developing, researching, teaching, and disseminating progressive, just family therapy, and family centered practices and policies.

3Engaged in scholarly activities that align with FPI's commitments: We assert equal rights and just treatment of all individuals, regardless of race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language, age and ability. We dedicate ourselves to promoting a more inclusive and socially just world by developing and exchanging new theory, research, applied practice and policy related to diverse families and systems.

4Committed to social justice, equity, and inclusion via theory, research, and practice.

How to apply

Step one:


Step two:

Send the following to AFTA's Central Office (

  • An up-to-date CV and a cover letter confirming your current membership in  AFTA
  • A summary of the scholarly venture(s) you intend to pursue and achieve

Applications must be submitted no later than April 16, 2021.

Upon completion of their fellowships, New Voices Fellows will be strongly encouraged to further the mentoring process by “paying it forward” and guiding early career members within the AFTA  organization in the near future.