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Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship

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 and education.

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 California.

The Aron Fellowship is awarded based on the projected annual earnings to the fund and contributions. To make a donation, click below. 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 announce SOCIAL WORK HEALS, a collaborative endeavor of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 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 $15,625 (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 fellowship in the amount of $15,625 (exact amount pending approval of grant renewal) will be awarded in the 2015-2016 academic year 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 $13,500 will be disbursed directly to the recipient's university.  An additional $2,125 will be earmarked for conference attendance and participation and leadership development. Expenses for conferences and professional development must be approved through the NASW Foundation and funds will not be distributed directly to the recipient.

Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship Guidelines

In 2015, the program will support the following dissertation research topic:

  • Donald Gerke, Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Gerke’s study aims to understand HIV sexual risk behaviors that lead to HIV infection among young men who have sex with men (YMSM), to understand population-specific pathways to HIV risk and build culturally-relevant HIV prevention programs.
  • Previous Award Recipients


Applications for the 2016-2017 Award will be accepted January 12 – March 1, 2016.

Refer to the award guidelines for eligibility criteria and requirements. 

Click Here to begin an online application.


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