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Graduate Aid & Funding

The School of Social Work offers financial support for social work M.S.W. and Ph.D. students through training grants, fellowships, scholarships, and graduate assistantships.

Social Work scholarships are awarded to students on the basis of need and merit, and are made possible through donations to the School of Social Work. Some awards require that recipients have special career interests, complete designated course work, or commit to working in specific areas or with identified target populations upon completion of their degrees. In addition, some awards to M.S.W. students require that students accept specific field placements.

Graduate social work students who are applying for financial aid must submit the 2017-2018 Social Work Student Financial Aid Form.

Financial aid decisions are made beginning in the spring and continue into the start of the academic year, depending on fund availability.

See a list of available funds for social work graduate students.

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Yussuf Shafie (M.S.W. '14) is the founder of an addiction treatment center, Alliance Wellness Center, in Bloomington, MN.


M.S.W. Training Grants and Fellowships

Training grants and fellowships are available for M.S.W. students interested in preparing for work in a specific area of practice or with a targeted population. These often require specific coursework and field training. Students who apply for Training Grants and Fellowships must complete the 2017-2018 Social Work Student Financial Aid Form.

  • Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Grant. For M.S.W. students in the Families and Children concentration who are committed to a post-graduate career in public or tribal child welfare.
  • Integrated Behavioral Health Fellowship for M.S.W. students in the Clinical Mental Health or the Health Disabilities and Aging concentration who are interested in behavioral health services for persons who are at risk of developing, or have developed, mental health disorders.
  • Eloise & Elliot Kaplan Fellowship for Traumatic Brain Injury. For M.S.W. students in the Health, Disabilities, and Aging concentration who are interested in providing services for people who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury and their families.
  • Diversity Social Work Advancement Program (DSWAP). For M.S.W. students in the Clinical Mental Health concentration who come from immigrant, refugee, or minority backgrounds who plan on providing mental health services within similar communities.
  • John A. Wallace Fellowship. For M.S.W. students with at least 5 years of post-baccalaureate experience working in corrections who seek to make a difference in the field of corrections administration or juvenile crime prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Kente Circle Field Placement Fellowship. For M.S.W. students in the Clinical Mental Health concentration completing a 12-month (July-June) field placement with Kente Circle, an agency that provides culturally sensitive clinical services in the urban environment of south Minneapolis.

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships (GA), primarily research assistantships, are available through the School of Social Work and other University offices. A GA position requires a weekly work commitment and offers a tuition benefit in addition to an hourly wage.

  • .25 FTE graduate assistant
    • Work requirement: 195 hours/semester, or 10 hours/week
    • Compensation: $20.58/hour for doctoral students; $18.58/hour for master’s students
    • Tuition benefits: eligibility for in-state tuition and a 50% reduction in tuition
  • .5 FTE graduate assistant
    • Work requirement: 390 hours/semester, or 20 hours/week
    • Compensation: $20.58/hour for doctoral students; $18.58/hour for master’s students
    • Tuition benefits: eligibility for in-state tuition and a 100% reduction in tuition

We notify all active students about obtainable graduate assistantships in the school as positions become available. Some graduate assistantships are available outside of the school, and we encourage students to visit the University’s Graduate Assistant Employment page to learn about those opportunities. Graduate assistantships have separate application procedures, with varying deadlines and requirements that will be listed in the job postings.

College and University Funding and Aid

The College of Education and Human Development has information about graduate tuition, aid, and funding, as well as college-specific aid and fellowships.

University-wide fellowships and grants are based on merit and, unlike teaching or research assistantships, grants generally do not require students to work.