Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program (MHSAFP)

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program aims to reduce health disparities and improve health care outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations. The fellowship is given to an applicant who holds a master's degree in social work. This would allow an increase in the number of culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors. The fellows will receive a monthly stipend for a year.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    The applicant must be starting or currently enrolled in a doctoral social work program.
  • Financial Need:
    Not Mentioned
  • Other Academic Requirements:
    The applicant must study full-time.
  • Residence:
    The fellowship is open to students who have permanent residence status (or American citizens, noncitizen nationals). International students and work visa holders are not eligible to apply.
  • Citizenship:
    The applicant must be American citizens, noncitizen nationals, (or have permanent residence status). International students and work visa holders are not eligible to apply.
  • Major/Career:
    The applicant must be pursuing a doctoral degree in social work.
  • Other Benefits:
    The fellows will receive monthly stipends for a 1-year period to defray living expenses; some tuition support may be provided depending on the availability of funds.

Application Details

  • Judging Criteria:
    General Selection Criteria- Commitment to career in behavioral health services or prevention- Knowledge/experience with underserved ethnic minority individuals or communities- Potential for completion of the doctoral degree in a timely and expeditious manner- Potential as a future social work leader in practice (broadly defined to include clinical practice, management/administration, policy promulgation, and community organization), research, or education with a focus on ethnic minority mental health and/or substance use prevention, treatment, or recovery
  • Transcript:
    Not required
  • Resume/Activity List:
    Not required

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