Margolis Scholarship

Dedicated to excellence in practice, teaching and research in forensic psychiatry

The Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (MWAAPL) established The Margolis Travel Scholarship in honor of Dr. Philip Margolis, an exceptional forensic psychiatrist and past president of MWAAPL.

The Margolis Travel Scholarship is aimed to encourage trainees to pursue forensic psychiatry training in the hopes that they will one day establish careers in the Midwest, become productive members of our organization, and contribute meaningfully to our field.  MWAAPL recognizes that not all general training programs are rich in forensic psychiatry resources and our organization can help trainees gain forensic experience.  Although the residents in contention for this award do not need to have prior experience in forensic psychiatry, they do need to demonstrate a desire for forensic education and mentorship.  They also must demonstrate “need” for the travel scholarship such as limited access to forensic electives and mentors. Only PGY1 and PGY2 residents are eligible to apply as this is an award meant to foster forensic interest early in training. We will have THREE Margolis Travel Scholars in 2024. 

This year’s Margolis Travel Scholarship stipend will cover the cost of the meeting registration and a $250 stipend to be used for travel and accommodations.   Residents will be responsible for their own transportation and meals outside of the conference.

The application must include:

  • A cover letter indicating he/she is applying for The Margolis Travel Scholarship, his/her current training program, his/her training director, and his/her training year
  • A letter from his/her Training Director and/or Forensic Psychiatry Mentor nominating the resident
  • A statement by the resident (no longer than 500 words) detailing his/her interest and/or experience in forensic psychiatry, scholarly work, teaching, Midwestern connection (training in, or planning to do a fellowship or working in the Midwest post-graduation), need for forensic psychiatry exposure, and long-term career goals. The award committee would also like to hear about the applicant’s experiences in leadership, advocacy, public policy and organized medicine.
  • The resident’s curriculum vitae

Deadline:  Monday, January 15, 2024 5p.m.

Completed applications for The Margolis Travel Scholarship are due via email to  Please indicate “Margolis Travel Scholarship” in the subject line.

Questions can also be emailed to Michelle Hume at

About Us

MWAAPL shares a mission with our parent organization AAPL to promote scientific and educational activities in forensic psychiatry through resident awards, mentorship, scholarly collaboration and an annual high-quality meeting.


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