The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) established the Doctoral Fellows Award to recognize and support doctoral students whose proposed dissertation research reflects innovative ideas and rigorous methodologies related to social work research, policy, or practice. Nominees proposed dissertation research should reflect a rigorous attunement to and/or anti-colonialist representations of, processes and lived conditions of marginalization, oppression, or privilege related to gender and gender presentation, race/ethnicity, culture, sexuality, class/caste, and/or ability (among others) as relevant to their substantive area.

SSWR Doctoral Fellows will be considered exemplars of excellence in doctoral-level social work research. Doctoral Fellows Award recipients will receive a $3,000 award. Fellows may use the funds for expenses related to the completion of the dissertation, such as data collection and preparation, data analysis, administrative costs, and the preparation of the final dissertation document. Quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods or other approaches are welcome as long as they are appropriate to the study’s goals.

Applicants must be members of the Society for Social Work and Research and have an approved dissertation proposal. The SSWR Board has set a policy that no sitting member of the Board may apply for this award. Nominators may only nominate one nominee for this award. Self-nominations are encouraged.

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