Scholarships and Fellowships

The University of Maryland School of Social Work is proud to offer more than $3.5 million to over 600 students in non-loan aid each year. 

Scholarship applications will be available after September 1, 2024. The final deadline is March 31, 2025, but the priority deadline is January 15, 2025.

General Scholarships and Fellowships for Foundation and Incoming Students

Scholarship Applications will open September 1, 2024.

The PRIORITY Deadline for scholarship applications for the Fall 2025 semester is 11:59pm on January 15th. March 31st, 2025 is the FINAL deadline for students to apply for scholarships.

The SSW awards a number of scholarships each year for foundation and incoming students. Scholarship awards range from $2,000-$10,000+. To be considered for a scholarship, students must apply after submitting a complete MSW application.

The following are eligible to apply:
* New incoming students (part-time, full-time, foundation, advanced standing)

* Continuing part-time students who will be in their first field placement in Fall 2025

Applications will only be considered if students have submitted a complete admissions application for the MSW program or are already enrolled in the MSW program.

If you have questions about these scholarships for incoming and foundation students, please contact Amanda Lehning, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at

Social Work Community Outreach Services Scholarships

Scholarship Applications will open September 1, 2024.

The PRIORITY Deadline for scholarship applications for the Fall 2025 semester is 11:59pm on January 15th. March 31st is the final deadline for scholarship applications for Fall 2025.

SWCOS is an acronym for 'Social Work Community Outreach' and its Scholarships are available to students planning to complete a field placement in Baltimore City. SWCOS is an initiative at the School of Social Work's Center for Restorative Change. The Center's mission is to advance social justice through mutually transformative community-university partnerships. The vision of The Center is that all communities will be equitable and promote well-being, self-determination, individual and collective power. SWCOS offers innovative field experiences in a wide range of community settings such as schools, neighborhoods, and other nonprofit organizations. Scholarship awards range from $2,000-$5,000+.

For more information, please contact Temeka Bailey: 

Research Assistant (RA) Scholars Fellowship

Scholarship Applications will open September 1, 2024.

The PRIORITY Deadline for scholarship applications for the Fall 2025 semester is 11:59pm on January 15th. March 31st is the final deadline for scholarship applications for Fall 2025.

The Research Assistant (RA) Scholars Program is a competitive research fellowship award offered to select MSW students, who hold strong interests and potential for social work research and scholarship. Across the fellowship period, RA Scholars work to support an assigned UMSSW faculty mentor, who is engaged in active research initiatives. Applications are reviewed, and faculty mentor matches are made between students and faculty based on complementary interests. The exact award amount may vary slightly from one academic year to the next and will be confirmed at the time of your application for the respective academic year. For the 2024-2025 academic year, each RA Scholar received $6,000 to work 10 hours per week across 15 weeks each semester (payrate of $20/hour). Summer funding may also be available and is dependent on the availability of funds and the respective faculty mentor. Students at all levels of participation in the MSW program are encouraged to apply - i.e., foundation year, advanced year, part-time, etc.

For more information, please email Christabel Cheung.

Behavioral Health Fellowships

The Behavioral Health Workforce Integration Service and Education (BHWISE) Fellowships are training programs for MSW students committed to providing behavioral health services to individuals from underserved populations. BHWISE Fellows will receive inter-professional educational opportunities, specialized seminars, focused coursework, and an educational stipend.

BHWISE LifespanOne year fellowship with a $10,000 stipend for advanced year students committed to providing behavioral health services to underserved individuals across the lifespan.

BHWISE-SUDWE - One-year fellowship with a $15,000 stipend for advanced standing and advanced year students interested in specialized education and training related to substance use disorder treatment. 

BHWISE-SUDIF – SUDIF is for incoming foundation students who will enroll in their field assignment simultaneously while in the fellowship and complete the MSW program in two consecutive years. Two-year Fellowship with a $12,000 stipend for the Foundation year and a $16,000 stipend for the Advanced year; participants contractually commit to providing integrated behavioral health services for two years post-graduation in a program providing direct clinical services to individuals impacted by substance use disorders.

To learn more about all BHWISE fellowships and the application process including deadlines, please visit our webpage:

Child Welfare Fellowship

The Child Welfare Fellowship (formerly known as Title IV-E) is a paid internship opportunity that also provides specialized training, coursework, and support to students interested in pursuing a career helping families and children across the state of Maryland. Child Welfare Fellows are placed in a variety of internship sites across the state, including but not limited to Local Departments of Social Services, Family Connections Baltimore (within the Center for Restorative Change), and Social Services Administration.

The internship sites offer a range of experiential opportunities for both Clinical students and Leadership, Policy, and Social Change (LPSC) students in areas like family preservation services, foster care services, child protective services, policy work, and so much more. Child Welfare Fellows are supported while pursuing their MSW degree with a financial stipend of $10,000 per year and welcomed into a cohort of students receiving clinical and/or LPSC training and coursework geared towards engagement and intervention with vulnerable families and children through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens.

The Child Welfare Fellowship Program is known for providing specialized training around trauma responsive interventions, Motivational Interviewing, and offering reflection space around utilizing the SHARP Framework.

Following graduation, Child Welfare Fellows are also guaranteed employment at a Maryland Local Department of Social Services with excellent benefits packages, generous paid leave time, and competitive salaries starting at $70,000 for Licensed Social Workers.

For those interested in employment specifically in Baltimore City after graduation, there are additional stipends within the Child Welfare Fellowship Program available.  

The Child Welfare Fellowship Program is looking for students who are critical thinkers and interested in being part of an innovative time in Child Welfare system transformation.

Applications for Fall 2025 will open on November 1, 2024 with a priority deadline of January 15, 2025. To learn more about all Child Welfare Fellowship stipend opportunities and the application process, please visit our webpage.

Scholarships for Students at The Universities at Shady Grove

The Montgomery County Child Welfare Fellowship Program provides a stipend and specialized training for students who can commit to employment in child welfare at the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Students will complete their field practicum at Montgomery County DHHS and enroll in coursework to support understanding clinical practice and policy in child welfare.

Students will receive a financial stipend of $10,000 for each semester they are enrolled in the program and must commit to work for Montgomery County DHHS upon graduation for the amount of time that they received the stipend.

This fellowship program is available to students enrolled at the Shady Grove campus who are in their advanced year of coursework and field.

The priority deadline for scholarship applications is 11:59pm on January 15th, 2025.

The final deadline for scholarship applications is 11:59pm on March 31st, 2025. Applications will only be considered if students have submitted a complete admissions application for the MSW program.

To learn more about this program, please contact Dr. Joan Pittman,

Other scholarship opportunities available to USG students can be found here.

School-Based Mental Health Fellowship

The deadline for School-Based Mental Health Fellowship applications for the Fall 2025 semester is 11:59pm on January 15th, 2025. 

The University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Center for Restorative Change has partnered with Coppin State University as well as the University of Maryland Baltimore County to lead the recruitment, training, and placement (e.g. internships and full-time employment) of 105 social workers from diverse backgrounds that reflect the communities, identities, ethnicities, abilities, and cultures of the students in Central Maryland’s high-need K-12 school districts over the next five years (2023-2027)

The Center for Restorative Change’s new initiative, The School-Based Mental Health Fellowship, seeks to improve the mental health provider workforce shortage in high-need K-12 school districts through five key program areas: 1) mitigating financial barriers with over $25,000 of higher education dept elimination per student, including tuition remission and living allowances; 2) creating new pathways for students from the Bachelors program to Masters program to include mentorship and training; 3) immersive learning experiences for graduate students based in school-based mental health settings; 4) intensive support in building an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and restorative analysis to school-based service delivery; 5) job coaching and placement in Central Maryland school districts building the workforce pipeline with highly qualified talent and readiness that reflect the communities diverse residents.

This fellowship opportunity provides MSW participants with $15,000/year tuition scholarship in addition to an $8,000 stipend along with other benefits.   BSW fellows receive an $8,000 stipend in addition to other incentives. 

Applications for Fall 2025 will open on November 1, 2024 and will close on January 15, 2025. For more information, please visit Fellowship for School-based Mental Health website or email

Scholarships for Students Entering Their Advanced Year

These funds are only eligible for students entering their Advanced Year. Newly accepted students will not be considered for the following awards. Students may apply for up to 3 advanced scholarships.

Applications will open on February 1, 2025 and the deadline for all advanced year scholarships is April 1, 2025 by 11:59pm.

Alumni Association Scholarship  
Awarded from the Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund, these scholarships are for continuing students (going into a second year or the advanced curriculum in the fall 2025 semester) who have completed at least 15 credits at the School. 

Brittani “Bri” Brunn Memorial Scholarship  
Given to an Advanced MSW student pursuing or furthering a career with a clinical concentration in Behavioral Health. The recipient will be selected by a staff and faculty committee based on merit and financial need, as well as an essay describing their future behavioral health plans. Preference will be given to students that have an interest in suicide prevention. 

Camille Baudot Wheeler Scholarship for Policy Studies  
Awarded to a student entering their advanced year with an abiding interest in policy studies.

Dr. Oliver C. Harris Scholarship for the Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence  
Awarded to a student entering their advanced year with an abiding interest in the prevention of intimate partner violence through the practice of social work.

Jean M. Dockhorn and Anne P. Hahn Scholarship  
Given to a student entering their advanced year who wishes to pursue further studies and gain experience in the following areas: hospital social work, a community health care organization, or social work/public health.

Julie and Erol Oktay Scholarship for Oncology Social Work  
Awarded to a student entering their advanced year with a commitment to the field of oncology social work. 

Richard W. Friedman Scholarship for Juvenile Justice or Criminal Justice  
Given to a student entering their advanced year who plans to pursue a career in juvenile justice or criminal justice. 

Sylvia Miller Nathanson Scholarship  
Given to a non-traditional student entering their advanced year. Non-traditional is defined in this case as meeting at least one of the following characteristics: delayed enrollment into postgraduate education; attending school part-time while working full time; having dependents other than a spouse, or being a single parent.

Terrie Alexander Memorial Scholarship  
Awarded to an Advanced MSW student pursuing a career in Substance Use Intervention or Prevention (preference is given to students in field placements at the Terrie Alexander Intensive Outpatient Clinic and/or Forensics Social Work {Defense Based}). 

Woodside Foundation Scholarship in Financial Social Work  
Awarded to a clinical or macro student interested in financial social work, including working with individuals, families and communities to build financial capability and assets; addressing poverty, economic inequality, and the racial wealth divide; and advancing economic justice.

If you have questions about these scholarships for students entering their advanced year, please contact Amanda Lehning, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at

For more information, download 

2024-2025 Advanced Scholarship Descriptions & Essay Instructions

PhD Scholarships

Please visit our PhD Scholarships page for more information. 

UMB Scholarship Opportunities

UMB offers a number of scholarships to students who demonstrate a strong ability to succeed through their academic achievements, community leadership, and service.

Visit Here for a List of Scholarships Available Through UMB

Other Opportunities Not Administered Through the School of Social Work

Loan Forgiveness Program

Helping Social Workers With Student Loan Debt

CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)
The Minority Fellowship Program is targeted to, but not limited to, racial/ethnic minority students.

Who can be considered for this program?
The Master’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is a program designed to enhance the training of full-time, master’s-level, direct practice-focused social work students 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 this field after graduation. Historically, the MFP master’s fellowship has also required that fellows specifically work with children, adolescents, and/or transition-aged youths. While this is still a target population for applicants to serve, it is no longer a requirement.

The purpose of this program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral healthcare 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.

See the How to Apply page for eligibility and other details.

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