NASW Foundation National Programs
Eileen Blackey Doctoral
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.
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. To make a donation, click below. A panel reviews applicants and selects the award recipient.
Based on earnings, one fellowship in the amount of $6,500 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.
A total of $5,000 will be disbursed directly to the recipient's university. An additional $1,500 will be earmarked for conferences and professional development. As part of the award, the recipient will be expected to attend at least one National Conference and participate in a poster session during the award period to present the study purpose/study question 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.
Blackey Doctoral Fellowship Guidelines
In 2016-2017 , the program will support the following dissertation research topic:
- Jennifer O’Brien, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Risk Factors, Protective Factors, and Identification Practices For Child Welfare Involved Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Survivors.”
Blackey Fellowship Recipients