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 Masters students is a program designed to enhance the training of full-time, master’s-level social work students passionate about meeting the mental health needs of BIPOC communities, in their final year of study at a CSWE-accredited institution. Applicants must identify mental health and/or substance use disorder service delivery to racial/ethnic minority populations as their focus and be committed to seeking employment in mental health and/or substance use disorder services or prevention with the target population immediately after graduation, for at least 2 years. The purpose of this program is to reduce health disparities and improve mental health-care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s-level behavioral health professionals available to serve racial/ethnic minority populations.

A stipend is included, though the amount per year varies.


  • Must be an American citizen, noncitizen national, or have permanent residence status.
  • Must be pursuing a master’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program.
  • Must be a final-year MSW student – either an advanced standing student or a student in their final year of a 2-year program.

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