Social Work HEALS Guidelines

Doctoral Fellows will be expected to participate in an orientation, periodic support calls, and to attend related program events at the CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM), Society for Social Work & Research or NASW National Conference. The fellows may be asked to present about their work at the APM or NASW conference. As part of the award, the recipient will be expected to submit a final dissertation to the NASW Foundation upon completion. 

In 2019-2020, each fellowship (including the Jane B. Aron Fellowship) will be awarded in the amount of $17,900. 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. Expenses for conferences and professional development must be approved through the NASW Foundation and funds will not be distributed directly to the recipient. Fellowships are awarded for one academic year, to begin in September 2019, and will be disbursed in two installments (September and January). 

Social Work HEALS Fellowship Guidelines

Application Requirements For Social Work HEALS Fellowships

  • 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 your 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.

Application Requirements For The Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship

Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship applicants must be engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice.  

Please follow this link for full guidelines for the Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship >>

Application Requirements For The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship

Please follow this link for full guidelines for the Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship >>

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:

Scholarships, Fellowships & Recognition Awards

The NASW Foundation strives to empower social workers to be leaders in social policy and practice. At the heart of this commitment are national educational, research, and awards programs, which provide: doctoral fellowships, graduate school scholarships, chapter research grants, and national recognition awards.  Learn More >>

NASW Foundation / NASW Chapter Partnership

The NASW Foundation, as the tax-exempt subsidiary of NASW, is available to all NASW Chapters to house funds that are to be used for scientific, educational, and charitable purposes, and for which tax deductibility by the donor is desired. The Foundation is proud of this collaboration and the resulting work.  Read More >>

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Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019-2020 scholarship and fellowship cycle. Typically applications are accepted from mid-January to early March, please check back around this time for updated information.


HEALS Summit

To learn about the 2019 Social Work HEALS Student Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. March 12-19 , please follow this link to VIEW a special video >>