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NASW Foundation National Programs

Ruth Fizdale Program

The Ruth Fizdale Program underwrites research projects that link practice and policy issues with relevant social issues. The objective is 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.

The Ruth Fizdale Program was created in 1987 by Dr. Helen K. Rehr and other friends of Ruth Fizdale, to honor her contributions to social work. The founders' intent was that, as an endowment, the income would be used to help underwrite studies related to people with social needs. Funding would be made available to seed pilot projects that could lead to projects that are larger and more comprehensive in scope.

The Fizdale grant 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.

NASW chapters only are invited to apply for a Fizdale grant to conduct pilot research projects in social policy. The program will support up to 2 research grants of up to $3,000 each. Grant recipients will be announced in June.

Award Recipients

Fizdale Program Guidelines



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

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