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Minority Fellowship Program—Master’s 

  • The 2019-2020 application cycle for CSWE's master's Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) is now closed. Applicants will be notified of their application status by September. The fellowship year will begin September 30, 2019. 
  • If you would like to be alerted  via email when the 2020-2021 application cycle opens in Spring 2020, please click here

The master’s 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. Although 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 following eligibility requirements pertain to the 2019–2020 academic year.

   An applicant must meet the following requirements:
  • An advanced (final year or advanced standing), direct practice–focused, master’s-level committment to providing mental health and/or substance use disorder services to racial/ethnic minority populations
  • Enrollment in a CSWE-accredited master’s program full time (per the program’s standards)
  • American citizenship, noncitizen national, or permanent residency (international students, DACA students, and work visa holders are not eligible to apply)
  • Service 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)
  • Completion or upcoming completion of 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 nonfederal 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


Recipients receive a 1-year fellowship that includes specialized training in 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 session held in Alexandria, VA, March 22–24, 2020. All travel, food, and hotel expenses will be covered by the MFP. Fellows are also expected to participate in all conference calls and webinars.