Social Work Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

Link

https://www.cswe.org/Centers-Initiatives/Initiatives/Minority-Fellowship-Program.aspx

Deadline

Application Deadline: Mar 16, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Purpose

Offers fellowship programs to help master's and doctoral social work students build cultural competency skills to provide mental health and substance use social services for ethnic and racial minority populations. Provides stipends and other financial support, professional guidance, and training to prepare students for social work practice, research, teaching, policy, and bringing leadership to these issues for underserved ethnic and racial minority communities. Aims to reduce health disparities for minorities receiving social services by increasing the number of culturally prepared social workers. Fellowships are administered by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through a Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The CSWE MFP offers two opportunities, the MFP Master's and the MFP Doctoral, for social work students focused on minority mental health and substance use issues.

Fellowship benefits include:

  • Monthly stipends during the project period
  • Specialized and professional development opportunities
  • Attending MFP training at CSWE's annual meeting
  • Mentorship from CSWE professionals

Master's fellows are required to commit to a minimum of 2 years' service in mental health and/or substance use after graduation.

Amount of Funding

Award:

  • $10,000 over a year for MFP master's fellowship
  • $2,000 per month for a year for MFP doctoral fellowship
Project period:
  • 1 year for MFP master's fellowship
  • 3 years for the MFP doctoral fellowship that is awarded yearly contingent on funding and satisfactory program progress

Who Can Apply

All applicants for the master's and doctoral programs must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or noncitizen nationals. Fellowships are targeted but not limited to ethnic and racial minority groups. Individuals receiving federal funding from another source, excluding federal loans, are not eligible for support from the social work MFP.

MFP – Master's applicants must:

  • Have an advanced, in the final year or advanced standing, direct practice-focused, master's level commitment to providing mental health and/or substance use disorder services to ethnic and racial minority populations
  • Be enrolled full-time in a CSWE-accredited master's program
  • Serve in an appropriate internship or other placement setting providing mental health and/or substance use disorder services to ethnic and racial minority populations
  • Have completed or complete in the future at least two advanced master's of social work courses in one or both of the following categories:
    • Mental health and/or co-occurring substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery
    • Culturally competent evidence-based practices

MFP – Doctoral applicants must:

  • Have a master's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Be starting or currently enrolled as a full-time student in a doctoral social work program
  • Demonstrate potential for assuming a role providing mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic and racial minority individuals and communities and potential for success in doctoral studies
  • Attend MFP training at CSWE's annual meeting

Geographic Coverage

Nationwide

What This Program Funds

Financial Aid for Healthcare Workforce

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the application process for the social work MFP Master's and Doctoral fellowships can be found on the program website.

Master's applicant frequently asked questions

Applicant question and answer sessions:

  • January 26, 2021
    2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • February 4, 2021
    7:00 p.m. Eastern
  • February 8, 2021
    4:00 p.m. Eastern
  • February 17, 2021
    12:00 p.m. Eastern
  • March 2, 2021
    8:00 p.m. Eastern
    (Participation is limited to individuals with an application in progress)

Email mfp@cswe.org to receive a link to attend a question and answer session.

Contact

For program questions:
mfp@cswe.org

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Recovery • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment