Membership FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

I am applying for a promotion; how do I get my ACNP activities information?
Please visit the ACNP Conference website, and log-in with your username and password.  You will then select the "My Activities" tab, and export this information to a word document.  Please confirm all information is correct, and then save as a PDF to upload in your application.  
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Do I have to have attended and presented at a previous ACNP meeting?
Not necessarily. While the level and quality of previous involvement with the ACNP is regarded as the best indicator of future commitment to our organization, this consideration is balanced with other considerations. Thus, it is possible for an individual to have never attended but be accepted for membership by being superb in national and international contributions to the emergence of new and important knowledge in neuropsychopharmacology.
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Does a serial (yearly) application strategy enhance one's chances of being granted associate membership?
No. Serial application is not a consideration and does not influence the committee decision for membership. See Synopsis of Membership Considerations
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How can I apply for membership?
Membership in the ACNP is by nomination only.  You must be nominated by an eligible ACNP member. Interest candidates may seek out ACNP Members or Fellows to nominate them for membership.
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What is the role of ACNP Council in approving the recommendations for membership made by the Membership Committee?
The ACNP Council retains decision-making authority, and the Membership Committee ranking of applicants is advisory. However, Council rarely alters the recommendations of the Membership Committee. The role of Council is not to redo the work of the Membership Committee, but rather to consider the recommendations in light of the broader goals and priorities of the College.
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Does the quality of the Associate Member and Member applicants seeking membership each year impact the criteria used for granting it?
Yes. The committee tends to accept at or near the quota every year. Thus, a higher quality pool of applicants can result in a lack of acceptance for the lesser qualified applicants. See Synopsis of Membership Consideration
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I don't remember what meetings I attended and what I presented.  Where can I get this information?

Please visit the ACNP Conference website, and log-in with your username and password.  You will then select the "My Activities" tab, and export this information to a word document.  Please confirm all information is correct, and then save as PDF to upload in your application. 

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Which ACNP members are eligible to nominate?

ACNP Members and Fellows are eligible to nominate. ACNP Associate Members may not nominate candidates for membership.  The nominee may play an active role in soliciting the nomination.  Members of the Membership Committee are not allowed to nominate.  

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How do I know a member's status?
Each member's status is available on the current membership list posted under the Membership tab.
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Can an eligible ACNP member nominate more than one person for membership?
Yes.  A member can nominate one person per category of membership (for Associate and Full Member) per calendar year.  Additionally, members nominating a woman or a minority candidate are permitted one additional nomination for that category.  
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Is the number of new Associate Members fixed each year?
No.  The Membership Committee uses a formula to determine how many Associate Members and full Members will be accepted each year.  The formula starts with a base of 45.  The assumption is that the Committee will allocate 25 of those to the Associate Member category and 20 to the full Member category.  However, the Committee has the flexibility to adjust those numbers between the two categories, as long as the total does not exceed 45 period.  The Committee also adds to the base of 45 the number of members who have died, left the College, or become Emeritus in the previous year period. 
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How are nominations submitted by the nominator?
Nominations must be submitted on-line with the nomination package.  Only the nominator can submit this information to the system.  Nominees will select their nominator as a step during the submission process.  The nominator will receive an email requesting they log-in to the submission site, and complete specific sections to give a clear indication of how this nominee, if granted membership, would contribute to and promote the mission of the ACNP.  The nominee will not be able to see the information submitted.  
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How do I submit a nomination for membership?
Submissions open each year in August.  Go to  to access procedures for submitting your nomination on-line. The deadline is in mid-September each year.  
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Are there different considerations given to the qualifications of Ph.D.'s and M.D.'s in evaluating an application for ACNP membership?
Yes. There is general recognition that M.D. and other clincial researchers such as clinical psychologists often have competing clinical and research obligations that may result in relatively lower research productivity on average.  However, it is important to note that the top M.D. candidates often have research productivity on par with Ph.D. candidates.  
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Do I have to have my own funded R01 grant to be eligible for ACNP membership?

Being PI of an NIH R01 is not a requirement for membership, but independent peer-reviewed federal funding is generally considered necessary to be in the top candidate pool.  Thus, high quality applications without an active R01 or similar grant can be acceptable.  This is usually from individuals with one or more of the following characteristics:  significant high impact publications, significant past NIH funding, or significant funding from other sources, including NSF, VA, DoD or major foundations.  Also, expectations of NIH funding do not apply to individuals working in government or in pharmaceutical research and development, for whom active NIH funding might not be feasible or appropriate.   

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Can I save my nomination submission and access it later?

Yes.  Submissions can be saved and accessed through the submissions system up until the deadline.   

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When is the submission deadline?

The deadline for 2017 submissions is September 12, 2017.  New members are announced in December at the ACNP Annual Meeting and notifications are emailed at that time to the nominees.  

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How should one select the best ACNP members to endorse an application?

Two strong nominations from leaders in the field who can speak knowledgeably about the candidate should be sought. If there are perceived weaknesses in the candidate’s dossier, it is good for the nomination form to address those by way of positive explanation. Importantly, the nominations should be written independently rather than through endorsement of templates provided by the candidates.

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Should travel awardees apply for membership during the years when they will be extended an invitation to the meeting on the basis of a recent/past travel award?
The number of years in travel awardee status is not a consideration in achieving membership. See Synopsis of Membership Considerations
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Is there statistical information available regarding new members such as nominations received and accepted, demographics, and citation/productivity indices?

Yes. The Membership Advisory Task Force poster presented at the 2016 meeting in Hollywood, Florida details the new member application statistics for 2011-2016.  Click here to view poster.   

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Can an individual re-apply for membership?
Yes, individuals are encouraged to work with their member nominator to re-apply. It is common for applicants to be accepted for membership after more than one attempt at applying.
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How do I begin to prepare and apply for membership?
The College has prepared some guidelines to apply for membership.  Click here to view the document titled Guidelines for Improving your ACNP Membership Application.  
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I applied for membership and was not accepted. How can I get feedback about my application before applying again?
ACNP does not provide feedback to applicants who were not selected to membership. However, if your application was not accepted, it can be valuable to seek out a senior colleague who is an ACNP member in your department and ask him/her to review your application and suggest areas for improvement. Also, ACNP provides informal feedback from "Membership Mentors", who are recently retired members of the Membership Committee and have agreed to give feedback to prospective applicants. This feedback is informal and does not necessarily reflect the outcomes determined by the Membership Committee, as the applicant pool and available slots vary from year to year. Click here to view information on Membership Mentors.
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What are my chances of getting accepted for membership?
The proportion of applications accepted varies based on the number of applicants and the number of available slots (see FAQ about number of Associate Members). Regarding acceptance by sex distribution in recent years, 54% of male applicants and 79% of female applicants were accepted as Associate Members, while 58% of male applicants and 64% of female applicants were accepted for Full Member status.
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