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Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Fellowship

  • Provides financial support and educational resources to M.S.W. students who are committed to a post-graduate career in public or tribal child welfare; new applicants to the M.S.W. Program should make this career goal evident throughout their M.S.W. Application.
  • This is an educational training grant award of $13,000.00 per academic year.
  • Funding is available for fall and spring semesters; there are no awards for summer matriculation.
  • Students who receive the training grants become Child Welfare Fellows, agree to seek and accept employment in public or tribal child welfare upon degree completion, and must commit to working one month for each month that they receive support from the grant.
  • See the University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare website for further information about this training fellowship.


  • Students must select the Families and Children concentration.
  • Full program students (53 credits) entering the M.S.W. Program in 2018 are eligible for up to 4 semesters of support (there are no awards for summer study).
  • Students with Advanced Standing entering the M.S.W. program in 2018 are eligible for up to 3 semesters of support (there are no awards for summer study).
  • This award is available to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Special requirements:

  • Fellows must complete the Child Welfare specialization within the Families and Children concentration.
  • Fellows must complete at least one field placement in a public or tribal child welfare setting.
  • All fellows participate in special IV-E events and training.

Application for the Child Welfare Training Fellowship:

If you are applying for admission to the M.S.W. program for fall 2019, you should check the Child Welfare Training Fellowship box on the Graduate School Application (and choose the Families and Children concentration).

Application instructions:

Please watch the Realistic Job Preview of Minnesota. This video was designed to give people considering a career in child welfare an accurate depiction of the day to day work. Once you have reviewed the video, please respond to the following questions in a short (1000 words or less) response:

  1. What aspects of child welfare work are most attractive to you?
  2. Which parts of the job would you find most difficult?
  3. What do you think would be most rewarding to you as a child welfare worker?

Upload your response in the on-line application, in the "Materials" tab and upload it under, “Graduate Program Additional Materials.”