Applications & Nominations

2016 New Members and Promotions - Please join us in congratulating the 31 new Associate Members, 39 new Members, and 72 new ACNP Fellows announced at the ACNP Business Meeting on Wednesday, December 9th.   

Timeline: Preparing to apply for ACNP Membership

Please contact Erin Shaw at the Executive Office, with questions or concerns.

  Synopsis of Membership Committee Assessment (Members Only)

Online Nominations and Promotions

The 2015 guidelines and submission documents are included below for reference only.   Updated information for 2016 applications will be available in May 2016.

Associate Member Nomination
Instructions & Guidelines 2015 (PDF) | Necessary Documents (ZIP)

Member Nomination
Instructions & Guidelines 2015 (PDF) | Necessary Documents (ZIP)

Promotion from Member to Fellow*
Instructions & Guidelines 2015 (PDF) | Necessary Documents (ZIP)

*For promotions, please contact the Executive Office ( to request an Activity Sheet.


Membership Mentors

Membership mentors are recent past Membership Committee members who have agreed to counsel prospective membership nominees and/or their nominators on membership application to the College. Mentors may offer advice as to whether a prospective applicant is likely to be competitive and if they are, aspects of the application process that might enhance their likelihood for success.

The ACNP members included on this list of Membership Mentors have agreed to be contacted by applicants and their nominators.

Nominees and/or nominators seeking advice from these individuals should know that they are offering their best advice, but that they do not speak for the Membership Committee nor Council. There is no guarantee that following their advice will result in a successful application.

Promotion Guidelines

Article III, Paragraph 3 of the ACNP Constitution states, “Fellows shall be chosen from Members who have not less than five years standing as Members and who have made substantial contributions to the College and to the field of neuropsychopharmacology.” (To be eligible for promotion you must have become a Member in 2011 or earlier.)

The current guidelines for promotion to Fellow weigh participation in the College and career advancement. 

The criteria for participation in the College include:

1. Has attended at least 60% of the Annual Meetings since becoming a member (mandatory minimum for automatic promotion)

2. Has presented at 2 meetings within their term as a member. (Poster Presentations Included)

3. Is a reviewer in good standing with Neuropsychopharmacology.

4. Has served on a committee or has volunteered to serve.

5. Has served as a mentor or has volunteered to serve.

Members are urged to apply for Fellow status since this is the pool from which Council and Officers are selected. Any Member meeting the mandatory minimum attendance requirement plus 3 of the 4 additional contribution criteria will be automatically promoted to Fellow.  


Annual Meeting

Program CoverThe ACNP Annual Meeting is one of the world's leading forums for the exchange of cutting edge scientific information about the brain, behavior, and psychotropic drugs.

Research Discussions

This forum enables discussion of articles that have appeared in Neuropsychopharmacology. It is intended to stimulate scholarly interactions among researchers, and to help educate members of the public who are interested in psychiatric illness.

ACNP Publications

Program CoverThe College offers a variety of Publications with the latest and most comprehensive research in psychopharmacology and related fields.