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Become a Fellow of the APA

Why become a Fellow / International Fellow of the APA

  • The Fellow (FAPA) and International Fellow(IFAPA) statuses are an honor that reflects your dedication to the work of the APA and signifies your allegiance to the psychiatric profession.
  • You are recognized by your colleagues in the Association as a member of a very select group.
  • All newly appointed Fellows and International Fellows are publicly recognized at the Convocation of Fellows and Distinguished Fellows, which is held every year during APA's Annual Meeting.
  • You receive a lapel pin in recognition of your status.
  • Annual dues rates for membership remain the same.

What are the guidelines and criteria for eligibility?

To become a Fellow, a Member must have at least two of the following:

  • Must be a current APA General Member or Life Member in good standing for at least three years.
  • Served in a psychiatric leadership position on a national, district branch or international psychiatric association for over five years.
  • Is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the American Osteopathic Association.

There is a 30-day review period for the district branch to offer comments about the Fellowship candidate.

To become an International Fellow, you must be:

  • A current APA International Member in good standing, with three (3) years of APA membership OR
  • Three (3) years as a Member/ Fellow in good standing of either:
      • Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists,
      • Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), or
      • Your national or local psychiatric organization. A letter of verification on the organization's letterhead is required. The letter must be in English or a certified translation.
  • Board certification in psychiatry or equivalent if certification exists in your country.

Individuals from countries against which the United States Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued comprehensive sanctions (including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and the Crimea Region of Ukraine) are eligible to receive information and informational materials only, as allowed by the exemptions within the relevant OFAC sanctions programs and are ineligible to apply for these designations.

Approval by the APA Membership Committee takes place in in the fall, and approval by the APA Board of Trustees takes place in December.

To create your application and for further resources, click My Applications from the dashboard, followed by selecting Fellow of the APA (FAPA) from Your Application Options.

*Applications must be submitted to APA by September 1*

Mid-February-August Open period to apply for Fellow of the APA (FAPA). District branched recieve listing eligible members that are in good standing. APA recommends a thorough review of this list to ensure accuracy and to identify potential ideal candidates. International members may contact APA Membership to confirm eligibility for International Fellow of the APA (IFAPA).
September 1 Deadline for receipt of completed application. Those being sent via fax and/or mail must be postmarked by this date.
October The APA Membership Committee scores each application and makes recommendations to the APA Board of Trustees.
December The APA Board of Trustees votes on the Membership Committee’s recommendations.
December-January District Branches and applicants are notified of approval/deferral status for FAPA/IFAPA.
January Members’ status officially updates on APA membership rolls.
May The Convocation of Distinguished Fellows to occur at the APA Annual Meeting. FAPA/IFAPA honorees are recognized and receive lapel pin.


1. Login

Click on the “Log in” button and enter your username and password.

2. Create

Create your online application.

3. Save

During the FAPA application cycle, your application can be saved as DRAFT until all the required information is completed. As each section is complete, you will see a appear in the category tab when the application is saved. At any time, you can download and print your application by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section.

4. Submit

On completion, save your application as FINAL. Download and print a copy of your application for your records by clicking on the icon in the Application Summary section in the right column. Note: If an update is required prior to the Application closing, you can make the update and resave as FINAL.

If you require assistance or additional information, please contact your district branch or

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