Title IV-E child welfare training fellowship

This fellowship rovides financial support and educational resources to MSW students who are committed to a post graduate career in public or tribal child welfare. New applicants to the MSW Program should make this career goal evident throughout their MSW Application.

This is an educational training grant award of $7,250 per semester or $14,500 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. They 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.

Child welfare training fellowship application

If you are applying for admission to the MSW program for fall 2021, 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:

  • What aspects of child welfare work are most attractive to you?
  • Which parts of the job would you find most difficult?
  • What do you think would be most rewarding to you as a child welfare worker?
  • (Optional) Let us know if you are interested in participating in the Ramsey County Field Program (see "Unique Field Opportunity for Title IV-E Fellows" at right) and why.

Upload your Realistic Job Preview Response Statement in the on-line application (under Title IV-E Fellowship).


  • Students must select the Families and Children concentration.
  • Full program students (53 credits) entering the MSW Program in 2021 are eligible for up to 4 semesters of support (there are no awards for summer study).
  • Students with Advanced Standing entering the MSW program in 2021 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.

Unique Field Opportunity
for Title IV-E Fellows

We are collaborating with Ramsey County Children and Family Services to provide unique field placements for Title IV-E child welfare MSW Fellows, particularly IV-E Fellows who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).

Selected IV-E Fellows comprise a specialized group of field interns who participate in individual supervision and group seminars centered on child welfare practice, anti-racism, and authentic professional development. By equipping these Ramsey County Title IV-E Fellows with the wisdom and tools needed to navigate a career in child welfare courageously and safely, this program provides support and mentoring for interns who will become new professionals in a field struggling with significant racial disparities.

Only University of Minnesota Twin Cities Title IV-E Fellowship students are eligible to participate.