Jane B. Aron Fellowship Guidelines
The objective of this grant is to strengthen the delivery of health care services in the United States by advancing the education and training of health care social workers. The Aron Fellowship currently is supplemented by, and part of, the five-year Social Work HEALS program. The HEALS grant increases annual funding from one fellowship in the amount of $4,000 to one fellowship in the amount of $17,900 (historically the Aron Fellowship has been awarded based on projected annual earnings and contributions). The increased funding raises the prestige/stature of the Aron Fellowship and allows for leadership development opportunities.
One Aron Fellowship in the amount of $17,900 be awarded each year of the HEALS grant cycle to a social work doctoral candidate whose dissertation focuses on health 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. As part of the award, the recipient will be expected to submit a final dissertation to the NASW Foundation upon completion.
A total of $15,500 will be disbursed directly to the recipient's university. An additional $2,400 will be earmarked for conference attendance and participation and leadership development. As part of the award, the 2019-2020 recipient will be expected to attend and participate in a poster session presenting his/her dissertation study purpose/study question at NASW’s National Conference, in 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 Social Work HEALS / Jane B. Aron Fellowships
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 and CSWE in good standing and be in a doctoral program 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.