How to Apply

Minority Fellowship Program for Doctoral Students

  • NOW OPEN: 2018–2019 application cycle for CSWE's Doctoral Minority Fellowship Program.
  • Due Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 11:59 pm Eastern.
  • Please click here for application instructions and a link to the online application site.

The Doctoral Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is targeted to but not limited to racial/ethnic minority individuals pursuing a doctoral degree in social work. Applicants must hold a social work master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program. Their career goals must include providing leadership in practice, research, teaching, and/or policy promulgation in government and/or private organization to underrepresented and underserved persons with or at risk for 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 citizen, noncitizen national, or have permanent residence status (international students, DACA students, and work visa holders are not eligible to apply);
  • The fellowship is targeted to but not limited to minority ethnic/racial groups
  • Must have a master’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program 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
  • Demonstrate potential for assuming a leadership role providing mental health and substance abuse services to ethnic/racial minority individuals and communities, and potential for success in doctoral studies
  • Cannot receive another source of federal funding during the fellowship year (federal loans excluded)
  • Must be able to attend MFP training at CSWE's Annual Program Meeting (travel and other expenses covered by MFP)

General Selection Criteria

  • Evidence of strong fit with and commitment to behavioral health services for underserved racial/ethnic populations
  • Life experiences relevant to and/or volunteer or work experience  with racial/ethnic populations
  • High quality scholarly writing showing ability to think and write at the doctoral level
  • Academic evidence of ability to achieve timely degree completion
  • Behavioral health services or research agenda fit with MFP mission


  • Monthly stipends for a 1-year period (approximately $2,000/month)
  • Specialized training and professional development support
  • Duration of award is 3 years, awarded one year at a time and contingent on funding and whether the fellow maintains satisfactory progress toward degree objectives