NASW Foundation National Programs
Jane B. Aron Doctoral
The Jane Baerwald Aron
Doctoral Fellowship Program provides partial support to social work
doctoral candidates who are engaged in dissertation research in health
care policy and practice. The fellowship program was established
in 1987 as a tribute to Aron, who was a leader in health care policy
Jane B. Aron, who died
in 1983, devoted her career to creating social policy that was responsive
to people's needs. She was best known through her longtime association
with New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center and Mills College in
The Aron Fellowship is
awarded based on the projected annual earnings to the fund and contributions.
A panel reviews applicants and
selects the award recipient.
With a generous grant from the New York Community Trust Robert and Ellen Popper Scholarship Fund, the NASW Foundation is pleased to continue SOCIAL WORK HEALS, a collaborative endeavor of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The objective of this grant is to strengthen the delivery of health care services in the United States by advancing the education and training of health care social workers.
The Aron Fellowship will be supplemented and incorporated into the HEALS program activities. This grant will increase the annual funding from one fellowship in the amount of $4,000 to one fellowship in the amount of $17,900 (historically the Aron Fellowship has been awarded based on projected annual earnings and contributions). The increased funding will raise the prestige/stature of the Aron Fellowship and will allow for leadership development opportunities. Read more
One Aron Fellowship in the amount of $17,900 will be awarded to a social work doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on health policy and practice. Dissertations that include a diversity component are encouraged. Diversity is taking on broader meaning and is to include race and ethnicity as well as the sociocultural experiences of people of different genders, social classes, religious and spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, ages, and physical and mental abilities. As part of the award, the recipient will be expected to submit a final dissertation to the NASW Foundation upon completion.
A total of $15,500 will be disbursed directly to the recipient's university. An additional $2,400 will be earmarked for conference attendance and participation and leadership development. As part of the award, the 2017 - 2018 recipient will be expected to attend and participate in a poster session to present his/her dissertation study purpose/study question at NASW’s National Conference, June 2018. Expenses for conferences and professional development must be approved through the NASW Foundation and funds will not be distributed directly to the recipient.
In 2016, the program
will support the following dissertation research topic:
Whitney Sewell, Washington University of St. Louis. The research explores why the use of a new prevention option for HIV-negative individuals - oral daily pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), that has been shown to reduce HIV acquisition, is disproportionately lower among African American women. The study will address this gap.
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