Before You Register
Review Key Match Information
In order to register for the Match, you must agree to comply with and be bound by the terms of the Applicant Agreement, the APPIC Match Policies, and the Schedule of Dates. You should review this information before registering.
Ensure Your Academic Training Program Is Eligible
As part of the registration process, you will need to identify your doctoral program. Only students from doctoral programs that are APPIC Doctoral Program Associates (DPAs) are eligible to participate in the Match.
Please note: APPIC DPA status applies to individual doctoral programs within a school or university, not to the school or university as a whole.
While you must be matriculating through the program, there is no requirement for you to be registered or paying tuition for any particular semester in order to be eligible to participate in the Match.
Each doctoral program will be provided with a list of the applicants who have indicated they are from that program, to confirm that applicants have identified the academic training program correctly when they registered for the Match.
Learn About Sending Applications to Programs
Registration for the Match does NOT constitute an application to any of the internship programs participating in the Match. You must still apply to any and all programs in which you are interested, using the AAPI Online application service. Applications can be submitted to internship programs before or after you register for the Match.
The applicant registration fee is $130 USD.
The fee is non-refundable (even if you subsequently decide to withdraw from the Match) and is not transferable to future Matches or other applicants; it applies only to the current Match year for the applicant who registers when the fee is paid.
For applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match, the fee you pay to register for the Match also covers your participation in Phase II of the Match; no additional fee is required to participate in Phase II or the Post-Match Vacancy Service.
It is recommended that you register for the Match by December 1, 2017.
Registrations can be accepted after December 1. However, if you register after December 31, 2017, your Director of Clinical Training must explicitly authorize your registration before it can be accepted by NMS. Furthermore, if you intend to participate in Phase I of the Match, you should be registered before entry of Rank Order Lists for Phase I begins on January 22, 2018 so that programs can rank you when they enter their Rank Order Lists. No applicant registrations for either Phase I or Phase II of the Match are allowed after February 7, 2018.
Information on registering after December 31, 2017
To register after December 31, you should begin the online registration process in the usual manner. You must provide all the information requested in the system and agree to the terms of the Applicant Agreement online. However, you will not be able to pay the registration fee or complete the registration process online. After you have provided the required information and agreed to the terms of the Applicant Agreement, a page will be displayed with instructions for completing your registration. You must follow the instructions provided and send the necessary information to NMS.
The following items need to be sent to NMS to complete your registration:
- A statement signed by your DCT certifying that you are eligible for an internship beginning in 2018, and authorizing NMS to register you for the 2018 Match. This authorization can be provided by having your DCT either sign the form provided or send a separate signed letter to NMS providing the necessary authorization.
- Payment of the Match registration fee. Payment can be made by providing credit card information to NMS, either on the form provided or by calling the NMS office. Alternatively, you can mail a check or international money order to NMS.
Except for checks or money orders, these items can be sent to NMS as a scanned e-mail attachment or by fax. After both your DCT's authorization and your payment are received at NMS, you will be registered for the Match. NMS will then send you an e-mail confirming your Match registration and providing you with your applicant Code Number for the Match.
You should register for the Match only once; registered applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match will be automatically eligible to participate in Phase II of the Match and do not need to register a second time.
After You Register
When your registration is completed, you will be provided with a confirmation, both online and via e-mail, that includes the 5-digit applicant Code Number assigned to you for the Match. Use your Code Number in all future correspondence pertaining to the Match. You will need your Code Number, e-mail and password in order to access your account, submit your Rank Order List and obtain your Match result from the NMS Match System. You should also enter your applicant Code Number into your AAPI Online application, so that the programs to which you apply will know your applicant Code Number.
Subscribe to MATCH-NEWS and Review APPIC web site
You should subscribe to APPIC's MATCH-NEWS, which is a free e-mail information service that provides important information about the Match and the process of seeking an internship.
APPIC also maintains a web site that provides additional useful information about the Match, such as frequently asked questions, statistics and survey results, as well as access to the APPIC Online Directory of internship and postdoctoral programs and the AAPI Online application service.