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NASW Foundation National Programs

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.

One fellowship of up to $4,000 will be awarded in the 2014-2015 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. 

Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship Guidelines

In 2014, the program will support the following dissertation research topic:

  • Jagadisa-devasri Dacus, Silberman School of Social Welfare at Hunter College. "Identifying the Psychosocial Strengths and Resiliency of Black Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in New York City who maintain HIV-seronegativity."
  • Previous Award Recipients


Applications for the 2014 - 2015 award are no longer being accepted.  

Refer to the award guidelines for eligibility criteria and requirements. 


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