How to Apply

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program

The 2014–2015 application cycle for CSWE's Minority Fellowship Program has closed. Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of June 2014.

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program (MHSAFP) is designed for racial/ethnic minority individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social work who hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program and who are preparing to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government and private organization serving ethnic minority persons with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. 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 available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors.

Funds for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Fellowship Program are provided by the Center for Mental Health Services, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be American citizens, noncitizen nationals, or have permanent residence status (international students and work visa holders are not eligible to apply)
  • Can include, among others, persons who are American Indian/Alaskan Native; Asian/Pacific Islander (e.g., Chinese, East Indian, South Asian, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Samoan); Black; and Hispanic (e.g., Mexican/Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central American, South American)
  • Must have a master's degree in social work and be starting full-time study leading to a doctoral degree in social work or be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a doctoral social work program
  • Should demonstrate potential for assuming leadership roles; potential for success in doctoral studies; and commitment to a career providing mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic, racial, social, and cultural minority individuals and communities

Award

  • Monthly stipends for a 1-year period to defray living expenses; some tuition support may be provided depending on the availability of funds
  • Duration of award is 3 years contingent on funding and whether the fellow maintains satisfactory progress toward degree objectives 

Obtaining and Submitting Materials

Please check back in November 2014 for application documents for the 2015–2016 application cycle.