Graduate Fellowships in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Graduate fellowships for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are highly competitive programs that build and enhance your professional skills and defray tuition costs.

In you choose our on campus M.S. program, Fellowships offer you the opportunity to enrich your academic study as well as professional development, linking graduate study with earning and work experience.

How It Works

A limited number of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Presidential and Provost Fellowships are available for those beginning their first year of study for the on campus, two-year program. Applicants to the on campus program interested in the part-time track are not eligible for the fellowship but will be considered for a Dean scholarship if admitted to the program.

CMHC graduate fellows save 50%-100% of the cost of tuition while gaining extensive professional experience.

General Qualifications

  • Excellence in undergraduate educational background
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Evidence of leadership experience
  • Strong multitasking and time-management skills
  • Personal characteristics of compassion, integrity, and an ability to genuinely connect with others
  • Evidence of demonstrated professionalism
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products

How To Apply and Details

Now Accepting Rolling Applications

Applications for 2022-2023 fellowships will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

  • To be considered for a graduate fellowship, apply to the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and indicate your fellowship interest within your online application. The priority deadline for submission is Friday, February 18, 2022, by 5 p.m.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status in the process by the end of February; Fellowship applicants who are not selected for an interview will be placed on a potential waitlist in the event additional fellowship opportunities arise.
  • Eligible applicants will then receive a list of all available fellowships in this program and will be required to indicate their rank preference among all sites.
  • Applicants will participate in at least two virtual Zoom interviews between Monday, March 7, 2022, through Friday, April 1, 2022.
  • Fellowship placements will be determined by Friday, April 8, 2022; applicants will have until April 22, 2022, to accept or decline their fellowship offer.

Acceptance into the fellowship program is a competitive process. In addition to the materials required for traditional graduate admittance, the fellowship application may require additional documents and an interview.

Please note:

  • Your participation in the fellowship placement process is NOT a guarantee of being awarded a fellowship.
  • If you are offered and accept a fellowship position, you will not be eligible for any other discounts or scholarships, including a merit-based Dean scholarship or the Double Warrior alumni scholarship
  • If you are admitted into the traditional program but not offered a fellowship, you will automatically be considered for a Dean scholarship.
  • If you are originally awarded a scholarship and then are given a fellowship placement, you will no longer receive the merit scholarship. The fellowship away will replace any other discounts.

Fellowship Position Descriptions

Please note: The following position descriptions represent a sample of all that will be available for CMHC programs. 

Position Description

The Professional Development Assistant Graduate Fellow would work within the Psychology Department to assist with the Undergraduate Internship as well as with Professional Development activities. The graduate fellow would work directly with the Internship Coordinator, who is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). The graduate fellow would act as a course assistant and to further develop both the Internship and Professional Development courses. Outside of the classroom the graduate fellow would also engage in research as well as outreach to community organizations in order to increase available internship opportunities for undergraduate students. The graduate fellow also acts in a mentoring capacity with the students meeting with them one on one. During these meetings with students they will help students by reviewing and giving feedback on cover letters and resumes and also guide the students seeking an internship through the process and give suggestions for internship sites based on the students interests. The grad fellow will also learn about the process of coordinating and developing programming inside and outside of the classroom, including professional development workshops and internship fairs. They would also develop skills to facilitate conversations with students about planning for their chosen professional path.

Responsibilities Include

  • Researching and connecting with local agencies and organizations to increase the number of shadowing and internship opportunities available for undergraduate psychology students.
  • Researching and contacting potential guest speakers for Professional Development courses.
  • Collecting and entering information into the Undergrad Internship Database.
  • Assisting in preparations for special events such as workshops and internship fairs specific to psychology undergraduate students.
  • Meet with students one on one to review professional documents such as cover letters and resumes
  • Facilitating conversations with undergraduate students about career aspirations and creating a plan for their courses, professional experience, and research into any further educational endeavors.
  • Check in with Professional Development and Field Experience: Internship course students and help facilitate group activities and class discussions.
  • Promote student internship opportunities through email, social media and other marketing activities.

Additional Requirements/Qualifications

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal; proficient in the use of social media, Zoom and Google Workspace.
  • Comfortable with community outreach both over the phone, via email and in person.
  • The ability to effectively communicate both one on one and in a classroom setting.
  • The ability to organize, maintain and add to a database of information related to internship opportunities.
  • An understanding of the importance of internship and professional development opportunities for undergraduate students as well an enthusiasm for helping undergraduate students discover their professional and educational
  • Internship experience during time as an undergraduate student.
  • Must be available in the Fall Semester to be on campus on Mondays from 1-3:30pm & Wednesdays from 1-4pm and in the Spring Semester on Wednesdays from 9-4pm with additional meetings on campus on Mondays or Wednesdays or via Zoom with Internship Instructor and undergraduate students on other days of the week(subject to change).

Position Description

The Department of Psychology at Merrimack College is the largest major in the School of Liberal Arts with approximately 75 new majors each year. The primary role of the fellow will be to connect with students in an effort to increase retention. This includes working closely with a dedicated section of Introduction to Psychology for new freshman majors. Another focus will be working with students in Research Methods on aspects of writing where students typically struggle. Below is a list of specific responsibilities and qualifications for the position.

Estimated percentage of work that involves in-person contact with students: 95%

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop materials for student success
  • Resources for successful college transition for new majors
  • Tutorials with associated activities
  • Resources for sophomores/juniors
    • Maximizing your major
    • Career paths
    • Exploring different areas of psychology
  • Assist with pre-advising for freshmen
  • Develop informational resources and be available to talk about classes.
  • Determine the best way to communicate these resources.
  • Coordinating with the other graduate fellow about retention efforts
  • Connect about internship aspects with the other graduate fellow
  • Coordinate with Introduction to Psychology Course
    • Communicate with Peer mentors about students that are of concern (concerns list).
    • Attend a Monday check in meeting
    • Follow what students are doing according to the syllabus as relevant to individual students
    • Join the Google Currents Community to see discussions
    • Introduce yourself to students as a point of outreach
    • Meet with students to discuss their schedules and adjustment to college
    • Create short video response to share with the class
    • Create a student tracking list
    • who you met with, when, any reason for concern?
    • Discuss individualized strategies for time management
    • Consider issues of living, remote vs. in class, commuter, etc.
    • Consider each individual class and workload involved
    • Complete a CARE report if necessary
  • Coordinate with PSY1100W - Inquiry and Methodology course
    • Discuss various assignments with students during office hours
    • Meet with students about writing
  • Hold open office hours for freshmen and sophomores
    • Keep a lot of all interactions and file CARE reports when necessary

Additional Requirements/Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills with freshmen and sophomores in college
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficiency with Google Workspace
  • Ability to maintain spreadsheets
  • Proficient writing skills according to the American Psychological Association
  • Ability to triage students in distress associated with transitioning to College
  • Familiarity with the resources available to students at Merrimack College

Dean and Alumni Scholarships

Dean and Alumni Scholarships are available to students who are not receiving a fellowship. No additional application is needed.

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