Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the national association representing social work education in the United States. It strives to ensure a well-educated social work profession equipped to promote health, well-being, and justice for all people in a diverse society.


The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) for doctoral students targets but is not limited to racial/ethnic minority individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social work. Applicants must hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program. Their career goal must be to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government or private organizations serving underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. The fellowship provides students with professional development training, mentorship, and other supports. The purpose of the program is to reduce health disparities and improve health-care outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals with doctoral degrees available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors.

The award can be up to 3 years, awarded one year at a time and contingent on funding and whether the fellow maintains satisfactory progress toward degree objectives.


In order to be eligible to apply individuals must be us citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents of the United States.

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