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Social Work Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)


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Program Overview


Application Deadline: May 24, 2024


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Offers fellowship programs to help master's and doctoral social work students build cultural competency skills to provide mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) 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 2 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

Amount of Funding

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:

  • Be a final-year Master of Social Work (MSW) student, either an advanced standing student or a student in their final year of an MSW program, with a graduation date between March 2025 and December 2025
  • Be pursuing a master's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Have a career goal to lead practice, research, teaching, and/or policy in government or private organizations serving underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or SUDs
  • Demonstrate potential for success in masters studies
  • Not receive another source of federal funding during the fellowship year excluding loans
  • Attend MFP trainings, webinars and Fellows Forum with travel and other expenses covered by MFP

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 use services to ethnic and racial minority individuals and communities and potential for success in doctoral studies
  • Attend MFP training at CSWE's annual meeting

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What This Program Funds

Training Providers

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.

Applicant webinar recording and slides
Applicant question and answer session recording

Application guidebook
Applicant frequently asked questions


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Topics This Program Addresses

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