Scholarships to Transform Science Through Collaboration

Usona Institute is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding within the field of psychedelic sciences through our scholarship program.

We support

  • Practitioners seeking training or certification in psychedelic-assisted therapy to further the diversity, readiness, and availability of highly-trained, skilled, and licensed practitioners who assist with the delivery of care once these therapies are approved by the FDA.

  • Emerging scholars engaged in post-graduate degree programs that focus on the scientific, medical, or social scientific aspects of consciousness-expanding medicines and practices, ensuring generative inquiry to further strengthen the theory and praxis within the field.

Our fall 2023 application window is now closed. Thank you to all who have submitted scholarship applications.

Program Goals

Consistent with Usona’s mission to further the understanding of the therapeutic effects of psilocybin and other consciousness-expanding medicines, the goals of the Scholarship Program are:

  1. To advance knowledge within the field of psychedelic sciences, and
  2. To promote the accessibility of consciousness-expanding therapies and practices.

Equity Statement

Recognizing Usona’s position within a diverse system of individuals, communities, spiritual practitioners, researchers, clinicians and institutions, and the associated history and innovation surrounding consciousness-expanding medicines, we acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals and pledge ourselves to supporting and uplifting the diverse traditions, heritages, experiences, and perspectives within our field.

The Usona Scholarship Program is open to all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups, including individuals who are Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQAI+ and those with disabilities, to apply for funding through this program.

Scholarship applications are evaluated via a process that is fair, equitable, objective, and free of bias and discrimination.

Usona’s directors, trustees, officers, senior managers, or substantial contributors, or the family members of any of these individuals, are not eligible to awards from the Usona Scholarship Program. Family members include spouses, domestic partners, siblings, children, grandchildren, as well as spouses or domestic partners of siblings, children and grandchildren.

Additional Scholarship Information

Award Information

Scholarship awards are restricted to the following expenses: tuition, books and materials, conference fees, study-related travel, and living expenses. There are no geographic restrictions and postgraduate students or practitioners outside of the United States are eligible to apply for funds.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a scholarship:

  1. Either be enrolled in a postgraduate program within the field of psychedelic sciences at an accredited university, -OR-
  2. Be enrolled in a psychedelic-assisted therapy training or certification program, -AND-
  3. Not have overlapping scholarship funding.
Application Submission Schedule

2023 Scholarship Program Timeline

  • November 1, 2023 – Fall application period opens
  • November 30, 2023 – Final day that applications are accepted
  • January 1, 2024 – The date by which Scholarship Applicants receive a final decision on their award

Additional Questions

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