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Minority Fellowship Program – Master’s 

  • The 2018–2019 application cycle for CSWE's Master's Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is now closed.
  • Applicants for the 2018-2019 cycle will be notified of their application status by September 2018; the fellowship year is expected to begin September 30, 2018.
  • If you would like to be alerted via e-mail when the 2019-2020 application cycle opens, please click here.

The Master’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The program is 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 health-care 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Note: The eligibility requirements below pertain to the 2018-2019 academic year.

   An applicant must meet the following requirements:
  • an advanced (final year or advanced standing), direct practice–focused, master’s-level student committed to providing mental health and/or substance use disorder services to racial/ethnic minority populations;
  • enrolled in a CSWE-accredited master’s program full-time (per the program’s standards);
  • an American citizen, noncitizen national, or permanent resident (international students, DACA students, and work visa holders are not eligible to apply);
  • in an appropriate internship/placement setting providing mental health and/or substance use disorder services to racial/ethnic minority populations (must provide documentation from the program); and
  • have completed or will complete at least two advanced master’s of social work courses in one or both of following categories: (a) mental health and/or co-occurring substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery; (b) culturally competent evidence-based practices.
  • This fellowship cannot be held concurrently with other federally sponsored fellowships or awards (federal loans excluded). Supplementation of the fellowship award from non-federal funds is permitted.
  • This fellowship is targeted to but not limited to minority ethnic/racial groups.

General Selection Criteria

  • Commitment to seeking employment in mental health and/or substance use disorder services or prevention with the target population immediately after graduation, for at least 2 years.
  • Knowledge of/experience with underserved ethnic and racial minority individuals or communities.
  • Potential as a future social work practitioner with a focus on mental health and/or substance use disorder prevention or treatment with racial/ethnic minority populations.


  • Fellowship recipients receive a 1-year fellowship that includes specialized training on mental health and/or substance use disorder issues of racial/ethnic minority populations; a monetary stipend; and other professional development supports.  
    • The monetary stipend in the previous cycle was $6,500 per fellow over the course of the fellowship year. This amount is subject to change, dependent on funding received from SAMHSA.
    • All fellows are required to attend an in-person 2.5-day training held in Alexandria, VA, in late March or early April 2019. All travel, food, and hotel expenses will be covered by the Minority Fellowship Program. Fellows are also expected to participate in all conference calls and webinars.