Graduate aid and funding
The School of Social Work offers financial support for social work MSW and PhD 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 MSW students require that students accept specific field placements.
A link to the form for graduate social work students to apply for financial aid will be posted on this webpage in February 2020.
Financial aid decisions are made beginning in the spring and continue into the start of the academic year, depending on fund availability.
MSW training grants and fellowships
Training grants and fellowships are available for MSW students interested in preparing for work in a specific area of practice or with a targeted population. These fellowships often require specific coursework and field training, and some have post-graduation requirements. Students who apply for training grants and fellowships must complete the 2020-2021 Social Work Student financial aid form.
For MSW students in the families and children concentration who are committed to a post-graduate career in public or tribal child welfare.
For MSW students in the health, disability, and aging concentration who are interested in providing services for people who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury and their families.
For MSW students in the clinical mental health concentration who come from racially, ethnically and/or culturally diverse communities. The goal of this program is to increase the number of mental health professionals who identify as people of color, immigrants, refugees, and/or LGBTQ, and to increase mental health services to individuals and families in these same communities.
For MSW 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.
For MSW 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.
For MSW students in either the health, disability and aging or clinical mental health concentration, with first priority given to students in the HDA concentration. Students must complete an inpatient oncology social work placement at University of Minnesota Health.
For MSW students in Clinical Mental Health (CMH), Families and Children (FC) or Health Disability and Aging (HDA) specializations, interested in gaining skills in behavioral health services. Students must be concurrently enrolled in SW 8020–Concentration Field Placement, or SW 8030–Advanced Standing Field Placement for the fall and spring semesters (summer block placements are not eligible). This fellowship is not appropriate for students seeking advanced training and experience in psychotherapy.
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.
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.