NASW Foundation Fellowship, Scholarship and Research Awards
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NASW Foundation scholarships and fellowships help to provide the financial resources to support students pursuing a variety of social work specialties.
With a generous grant from the New York Community Trust Robert and Ellen Popper Scholarship Fund, the NASW Foundation and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) have partnered together to develop and implement Social Work HEALS: Social Worker Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars. The objective of this grant to expand social work research and policy to improve the delivery of health care services by advancing the education and training of health care social workers at the BSW, MSW, PhD/DSW and post-doctoral levels to ensure health care practice excellence.
In 2016-2017, the Social Work HEALS grant will support two Policy Fellowships, five doctoral fellowships - one of which will be named the Foundation's Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellow- and will provide supplemental funding for the Foundation's existing Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship program.
The Social Work HEALS Policy Fellowshipis a one year Fellowship awarded to social workers who have completed at least two years of a doctoral program, with preference to providing a post-doctoral experience for applicants with a PhD or DSW degree. The Social Work HEALS Policy Fellows will participate in a social work specific opportunity to use their social work knowledge and research experience to work in Washington, DC, on critical health policy issues facing our nation. Two fellowships will be awarded in 2016 - 2017.
A total of five Social Work HEALS Doctoral Fellowships will be awarded during the anticipated 5-year funding period. Eligible applicants must be NASW and CSWE members and be enrolled in a doctoral program in a social work education program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the field of health social work and be engaged in dissertation research related to health care social work education, policy or practice.
The Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship has been incorporated into the Social Work HEALS program and will be one of the five doctoral fellowships awarded. The Aron 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 Jane Aron, who was a leader in health care policy and education.
The Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship 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 Eileen Blackey, who was a pioneer in the planning and use of staff development programs in public welfare agencies and the U.S. Veterans Administration.
The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship is a monetary grant awarded to master's degree candidates in social work who have demonstrated a commitment to working with, or who have a special affinity with, American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations, or in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings. The Gosnell Scholarship was established through a bequest of Consuelo Gosnell, a socialwork practitioner who was a championof civil and human rights and worked diligently to ameliorate conditions for critically under-served American Indians and Latinos in the Southwest.
The Verne LaMarr Lyons Scholarship is a monetary grant awarded to a master's degree candidate in social work who demonstrates an interest in, or has experience with, health/mental health practice and a commitment to working in African American communities. The scholarship is a memorial to social worker Verne LaMarr Lyons, who committed his life to increasing awareness of pernicious health concerns affecting African American such as insufficient prenatal care, infant mortality, AIDS, cirrhosis, and general life expectancy.
NASW Foundation Research Grants provide opportunities for NASW chapters to conduct pilot research projects targeted to a specific emerging issue. (NASW Chapters only may apply)
The Ruth Fizdale Chapter Research Program underwrites research projects that link practice and policy issues with relevant social issues. Created in 1987 by Dr. Helen Rehr and other friends of Ruth Fizdale to honor her contributions to social work, the fund is intended to underwrite studies related to people with social needs, and to facilitate effective service delivery. The program provides opportunities for NASW chapters to conduct pilot research projects targeted to a specific emerging issue. These pilot projects then may serve as cornerstones for developing more comprehensive research projects.