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NASW Foundation National Programs

Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship

The Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship Program provides partial support to social work doctoral candidates who are engaged in dissertation research in welfare policy and practice. The fellowship program was established in 1987 as a tribute to Dr. Eileen Blackey, who was the Dean of the University of California-Los Angeles School of Social Welfare and a pioneer in the planning and use of staff development programs in public welfare agencies and in the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Dr. Blackey's methods enabled professionals to identify and to address the social needs of society from the unique social work perspective. Blackey, who died in 1979, was also instrumental in establishing schools of social work at the University of Hawaii and the University of Puerto Rico.

The Blackey Fellowship is awarded based on the projected annual earnings to the fund and contributions. In recent years, Fellowship have been awarded in the amount of $4,000 to $6,500. To make a donation, click below. A panel reviews applicants and selects the award recipient.

One fellowship will be awarded to a social work doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on welfare 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.

The fellowship award will be disbursed directly to the recipient's university. Funds in the amount of $1,500 will be earmarked for conferences and professional development. As part of the award, the recipient will be expected to attend and participate in a poster session to present his/her study purpose/ study question at NASW's National Conference, June 2018 and submit a final dissertation to the NASW Foundation upon completion. Expenses for conferences and professional development must be approved through the NASW Foundation and funds will not be disbursed directly to the recipient.

Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship Guidelines

In 2016-2017 , the program will support the following dissertation research topic:

June Paul, University of Wisconsin-Madison. ''In search of understanding: Support networks for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) young people aging out of foster care in Wisconsin.''

Previous Blackey Fellowship Recipients



Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2018-2019 awards.

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