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National Scholarships for Masters of Social Work Students

Dedication to improving social welfare and the public good may go with the territory of becoming a social worker, but it's also a professional trajectory that many national fellowships seek to support. The following fellowships are opportunities that students who are pursuing graduate study in social work are eligible for. The list is divided into two parts; national scholarship competitions that support a wide range of disciplines (Fulbright, Rhodes etc.) and then some opportunities that are more specific to social work/social services for students who have already received a bachelors and are either applying for or already in UVM's Master's of Social Work program. For more information, contact Student Fellowships Advisor Brit Chase.

National Scholarship Competitions for MSW Students

Rhodes Scholarships (must be nominated by UVM to apply).
Thirty-two Rhodes Scholarships are awarded each year to U.S. citizens for two years of study at Oxford University in England. The scholarship pays all fees and tuition in addition to a personal allowance. Scholars may earn a Master's degree, a second B.A. or, in some cases, a D.Phil. Students who have achieved intellectual excellence as well as literary and scholastic attainments, the energy to use one's talents to the full, are dedicated to truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship, and who have the moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings. Students are eligible for the Rhodes up until they are older than 24 at the time of application.

Marshall Scholarships (must be nominated by UVM to apply).
The Marshall Scholarship seeks to support students who have achieved academic and intellectual excellence by enabling them to pursue graduate studies at a university in the United Kingdom. The scholarship was created in 1953 by the British govenment, and is meant to serve as a gift to the United States of America for its post-World War II Recovery Plan, known as the Marshall Plan. Students are eligible to apply for Marshall if they are less than three years away from their undergraduate graduation date at the time of application.

Mitchell Scholarships (must be nominated by UVM to apply).
Mitchell Scholarships support one year of graduate study in any discipline offered at an institution of higher learning in Ireland or Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and international travel. Normally, 12 Scholarships are awarded each year. Mitchell Scholars must exhibit superior levels of academic achievement, leadership and community service. Students are eligible to apply for a Mitchell up until their 30th birthday.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. A small number are also available for study towards a second undergraduate degree. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to citizens of any country outside the United Kingdom. Students must be accepted into their graduate program at Cambridge and recommended for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship in order to be eligible.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program (must be endorsed by UVM to apply).
The Fulbright U.S. Student program seeks to identify and financially support students who are interested in a year-long intellectual and cultural exchange abroad. Fulbright Grants are awarded for either graduate research and study in universities or for English teaching assistantships. They provide round-trip transportation, tuition, books and living expenses for one academic year, usually in one country. There are grants available to more than 150 countries in Europe, the Near East, Africa, Central and South America, and the Asia/Pacific region.

DAAD Fellowships.
Highly qualified graduating seniors (fourth or final year of undergraduate students in Canada) or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for the DAAD Study Scholarship for a year of independent study or a full master's degree program at a German university.

Other Nationally Competitive Opportunities for MSW Students

N.A.S.W. Foundation Fellowship and Scholarship Awards.
Various awards. Applications are accepted every January through March. Eligible N.A.S.W. members are invited to apply.

The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial M.S.W. Scholarships.
These scholarships are awarded to master’s degree candidates in social work who are interested in working with American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations, or in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings. There are up to 10 scholarships awarded.

Verne Lamarr Lyons Scholarship for M.S.W. Students.
This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate an interest and/or experience in health, mental health practice and a commitment to working in African-American communities. The award amount varies and the deadline is usually February.

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Emerging Leaders Program.
The HHS Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a competitive, two-year, paid, federal internship within HHS. The program provides interns with a unique opportunity to develop enhanced leadership skills in one of the largest federal agencys in the nation. HHS is looking for talented and highly-motivated individuals with a commitment to public service. The program provides an excellent opportunity for participants to begin a professional career in HHS.

Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship.
The Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship is awarded by the Council on Social Work Education in the amount of $500 each academic year. Two awards will be made to students from ethnic groups of color (African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, Mexican-American and Puerto Rican) who are in their last year of study for a social work degree in a baccalaureate or master’s degree program accredited by CSWE. Application forms are available in the Office of Student Services on both campuses..

American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.
ABE offers up to five $1,000 awards to second-year M.S.W. students in a national competition based on the excellence of papers on clinical social work practice. Guidelines for application are posted on the ABE website at Application packets are available from the Office of Student Services on both campuses. The deadline is typically Feb. 1.

FamiliesUSA Health Care Justice Fellowships.
Since 1982, Families USA has worked to promote high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, and offers two fellowship opportunities for MSW students who are interested in health and health policy..

State Policy Fellows.
State Policy Fellows tackle domestic policy challenges in areas like health care, taxes, anti-poverty policy, education and public safety. Working in independent, highly respected think tanks located in state capitals, Fellows analyze the impact of state budget and tax policy choices on low-income residents and promote positive reforms.

Presidential Management Fellows.
PMF is a leadership development program designed to attract to Federal service outstanding graduate students from a wide variety of academic disciplines at both the master’s and doctoral levels. PMF seeks students who have an interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. This rigorous two-year program includes 80 hours of training each year, challenging job rotations, accelerated promotions, and opportunities to network between Federal agencies.

American Association of University Women.
Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women in the United States and around the globe.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services CSAP Prevention Fellowship Program.
The SAMHSA CSAP Prevention Fellowship Program was launched in 2006 in an effort to build a workforce of substance abuse professionals. During the 2‐year fellowship program, which combines Web‐based and in-person trainings, fellows improve their skills and their knowledge of prevention practices. During their Prevention Fellowship Program experience, fellows focus on acquiring the necessary skills for success in the fields of public and behavioral health.

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