Jane B. Aron Fellowship Guidelines
One Aron Fellowship in the amount of up to $6,000 will be awarded to a social work doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on health policy and practice (the annual award is based on projected earnings to the fund and contributions). 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. As part of the award, the recipient will be expected to submit a final dissertation to the NASW Foundation upon completion.
A total of up to $5500 will be disbursed directly to the recipient's university and a total of up to $500 will be earmarked for NASW conference attendance and participation and leadership development. As part of the award, the 2021-2022 recipient will be expected to attend and participate in NASW’s Virtual National Leadership Conference, June 2020. Expenses for conferences and professional development must be approved through the NASW Foundation and funds will not be distributed directly to the recipient.
Application Requirements For Jane B. Aron Fellowship
Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship applicants must be engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice and fulfill the following requirements:
- Applicant must be a member of NASW in good standing and be a doctoral candidate 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.
- Application Form.
- 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 an applicant's 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.
- 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.
- Student curriculum vitae.
- Signed release of information.
Criteria For Review Of Proposal
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 under-served populations). Applicant must articulate knowledge of contemporary health care delivery and policy and practice challenges. Key areas might include implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA), innovative healthcare delivery, patient care, trauma informed practice, prevention, health disparities/access, inter-professional education or under-served populations, health care policy or workforce development. Only completed applications will be considered. Questions should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.