Diversity social work advancement program

Diversity social work advancement program (DSWAP) trains racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse MSW students to become mental health professionals. The goals of DSWAP are to increase the number of mental health professionals who identify as people of color, immigrants, refugees, and/or LGBTQ and to increase the availability, accessibility, and effectiveness of trauma-informed treatment for culturally diverse clients.

This is a one-time award of $2,500, paid on a monthly basis ($277.00/month) from the State of Minnesota. Students who receive this award from the State also receive a matching award of the same amount, from the School of Social Work. The SSW portion is awarded through the financial aid system, directly to the student’s account.


  • Students must be in the clinical mental health (CMH) concentration.
  • Students must be placed at, and accept, a concentration internship (SW 8020 or SW 8030) at The Family Partnership.
  • A separate application is required for this training fellowship.


All students who are applying for this fellowship should also complete the 2020-2021 Social Work student financial aid form.

Special requirements

Applicants for this award must complete a separate application. Download the DSWAP application instructions.