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Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)—Doctoral Students

Applying for MFP

CSWE's 2021–2022 doctoral MFP application cycle is open. Applicants can apply now through March 16, 2021, at 5:00 pm EDT, and will be notified of their application status in August 2021. 

The 2022–2023 application cycle will open in January 2022. If you would like to be notified when the next application cycle opens, add your e-mail here. Questions about application requirements can be directed to mfp@cswe.org.

Who can be considered for this program?

The MFP targets but is 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 goal must be to provide leadership in practice, research, teaching, and policy promulgation in government or private organizations serving 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 with doctoral degrees available to underserved populations in the public and private nonprofit sectors.

What are the funding sources for the MFP?

Funds for the MFP 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.