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Social Work HEALS / Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowships


Fellowships are awarded for one academic year, to begin in September 2017, and will be disbursed in two installments (September and January).

Application Requirements:

  1. Applicant must be a member of NASW and CSWE in good standing and be in a doctoral program in a social work education program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Awardee must remain a member in good standing throughout the award period.
  2. Application form.
  3. Three-page proposal summary (double-spaced). The summary must include objectives of the project, statement of relevance and significance, project design and methodology, the expected dissertation completion date and itemized budget. If your university requires an administration fee to process and administer the fellowship, the maximum amount that can be paid with fellowship funding for this indirect expense is 10% of the total of the award.

    The summary should describe how the dissertation includes a diversity component and address health disparities or inequities in health care access.* 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.

*In order to be eligible for the Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship, applicants must be engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice.

  1. Written statement from doctoral dissertation chair verifying doctoral candidacy and supporting the relevance of the dissertation to addressing health care service delivery and how it will advance social work practice or policy related to health care.
  2. Student curriculum vitae.
  3. Signed release of information.


The criteria for review of the proposal will include relevance and timeliness of the project (i.e., need in the field, quality of the research design, potential for completion and potential impact to assist underserved populations). Applicant must articulate knowledge of contemporary health care delivery and policy and practice challenges. Key areas might include implementation of ACA, innovative healthcare delivery, patient care, trauma informed practice, prevention, health disparities/access, interprofessional education or underserved populations, health care policy or workforce development.

Only completed applications will be considered.

Questions should be directed to: naswfoundation@naswdc.org


Applications will be accepted from January 24 – March 8, 2018.

Click here to apply.

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